Is winter over yet?
Winter was as usual, a seesaw between mild and not-so-mild.
This morning I once again climbed the Herbert Poindexter Memorial Ladder Section. The view is little different from February’s, except that the green patches of weeds are larger. It seems safe to think that we have seen the last of this winter’s hard freezes. Some of the plants seem to think so. Like the early weeds.
Weeds have their own beauty, and if you’re lucky, they’re edible.
For more on dead nettle, see https://www.bbg.org/news/purple_deadnettle
Then there is the chickweed, proliferating in the cool of early spring.
Here’s a chickweed link. https://www.bbg.org/news/weed_of_the_month_chickweed
In this next photo, taken just today, there is a black strip to be seen.
The black strip is from the annual burning-of-the-brushpile. Charcoal. “Bio Char”, to some. It will be incorporated into the soil. The charcoal is supposed to improve soil structure, be a reservoir for good bacteria, and to help retain water and nutrients. The ash component will add potassium, some magnesium, various trace compounds and elements, and will reduce the pH of our perpetually acidifying soil. If I’m avid enough, I’ll add a layer of compost over the charcoal and till it all in before planting. I’m still not sure what will be planted there this year. Maybe the pepper patch?
In the greenhouse, greens are growing, rosemary is blooming, and baby onions and garlic are coming along.
Last year, this thrifty gardener found a just-posted ad for a two-tier plant stand on a local online classified ad page. He called immediately, and purchased it, for about twenty cents on the dollar. Everyone likes a bargain, especially cheap Yankees.
Now that it’s early spring, the unit is getting a trial, and so far so good…
A forest of lusty tomato and pepper and eggplant plants are flourishing under the lights.
In three weeks or so, these tomatoes will be ready to put in larger pots. In another three or four weeks, in late May, they’ll go into the open garden.
Hope springs eternal.