The garden is finally being worked and we have some seeds in the ground. We have prepared an area of about 150 by 300 feet which needs just final bed preparation to be ready for planting. One bed of two full rows has been seeded with Broad Beans (Fava Beans). Todays rain, and the rain and cooler temperatures predicted for the rest of the week will slow down the garden work if not bring it to a complete stop until it warms and the garden dries out. It will only take less than 24 hours for the garden to dry enough for us to work. The benefits of having sandy subsoil.
There are a lot of things growing already that we should be able to use; onion, garlic, mint, camomile and more. Some of this will have to be replanted into different spots while it is still small and that which we will leave in place needs to be cleaned up and tilled.
We have seeded a lot of trays of onions and leeks and many of these trays are growing quite well already in our greenhouse.
We used the new team on the disc harrows to prepare the garden. It was set at a shallow angle so that the pull would not be too hard. The horses worked well for the most part and we only worked them for a short time and gave then a rest every round, so that it was not to difficult for them. When we get back into the garden we will have to use the horse drawn cultivator to make up seed beds.
We have 6 X 75 pound bags of seed potatoes which will go into the ground fairly quickly once we can disc the potato area and make the furrows in the rows to drop the potatoes into. We will be planting Yukon Gold as an early as well as a main season potato, and for reds we will plant Norlands, red skins with yellow flesh. For a white potato we will have Kennebecs and maybe Superior, and we will be planting Russets as well.
As we plant we are also spreading compost so there is another thing to slow us down but of course a sprinkling of compost will make a big difference to how the veggies grow. Gotta go, lots to do.