The recent rains have really been welcome as we have not had enough moisture over the last month or so. On the other hand we’d rather that the rains don’t last too long as we have a lot of seeds that need to go into the ground right now. We managed to get some beds prepared yesterday just before the rain came down hard. As Aerron was finishing, it began raining. We received about an inch of rain yesterday and overnight; finally bought a new rain gauge. We now need at least a day without rain in order to start seeding. First to go in will be the Broad Beans. They should have been in two weeks ago, but not much time lost as the weather has been too cool. Carrots, Beets, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Parsnip, Onion, and a whole assortment of Cruciferae and many other things can now be seeded outside, directly into the garden. Many vegetable varieties can now also be seeded into trays in our unheatedgreenhouse. We have a lot to catch up on over this coming week.
The photos show the beds prepared on tues. April 9 and the machine used to prepare them. The single row cultivator is used during the season for more of this work and also for weed control anywhere there is no mulch covering. We would like to move to using much more mulch for weed control, moisture retention and to add to the soil fertility.
This McCormick-Deering single row cultivator is now well over half a century old, is well built and in excellent condition. It also does a very good job.
The Maple syrup season is getting close to the end. We will pull the taps to-day on the Manitoba Maples (Acer negundo) as they are starting to bud. The Sugar Maples on the river bank may go a little longer but we do need nights below freezing and days of about plus 10 in order to have a good sap flow. We will have to finish in the next few days anyway because we have far too many other other things to do.