But, the good news is, this was the first outdoor gardening weekend of 2007! Although I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, several important items got checked off the list.
I composted four beds - one that's already been planted with garlic, the other three that will be planted with spring veggies this week. (I found several shoots of garlic when I removed the winter mulch.) I've decided to follow the advice in Teaming with Microbes - I didn't dig in the compost. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, it was pretty darn easy to just spread it on top of the beds. On the other hand, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was getting away with something somehow. Well, we'll just have to see how it goes. I also got the bean and snap pea trellises set up. It's obviously too early to even think about planting pole beans, but the trellis is too hard to get it in place once the peas are growing.
At long last, I finally got some seeds started. The seed tray in the front is all tomatoes. I believe I sowed about 10 varieties. (I'll verify this later; right now I'm too tired to go downstairs and get my notebook!) The second tray holds two varieties of cabbage - one red, one green, kale, peppers (Ancho, Hungarian Hot Wax and Paprika Alma), and garden huckleberry. The huckleberry is my "wildcard" this year. From what I understand, the berries are pretty bland when eaten raw, but are a good substitute for blueberries when sweetened. We'll see how they go. Actually, the cabbages are new for me, too - I've never grown them before.
While I was working in the garden, Spouse was able to get two things checked off his list. One was getting the snow blower put away for the summer. That means it cannot snow again until next October - at the earliest! The other thing Spouse was able to do was smoke a cigar while watching me pot up the seeds. I think that was his favorite part of the weekend.