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The ups and downs of early spring

We've had a string of beautiful days and chilly nights. We hope to upgrade our greenhouse vents this week, as maintaing a comfortable tempertature in there means keeping a very close eye on things. It is certainly not an unpleasant chore, though, and I notice that every time Asher or I go to check the greenhouse we ended up spending quite a bit of time in there observing the seedlings grow. Time for observation is a great blessing.

 The wasps are out and seem to love the greenhouses and the yurt. However, it has still been frosty at night. It was only 29 degrees out when I woke up this morning! That means it is still a bit chilly on that morning outhouse walk.


Checking on the greenhouses 

bursting forth

I planted peas last week with the help of the farm dogs, Chloe and Bhogi, and it was great to get my hands in the dirt. I have also planted greens, radishes, beets, carrots, and a few herbs. Mostly we have been weeding beds, watching the weather be all over the place, and figuring our planting layout. We love the book Carrots Love Tomotoes by Louise Riotte, which is a great guide for companion planting and many wonderful tidbits of plant knowledge. I also swear by The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith which has tons of great information on about any vegetable you can think of. I bring both with me out into the field, along with my garden journal, where I *try* to keep notes on what we are doing. It is ever so helpful to reference last years notes.

What's going on in your garden these days?







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