Outdoor Temp: 48
Soil Temp: 44
Rainy with moments of sun
Turned and mixed soil and compost. LOTS of earthworms.
Potatoes-- 2 trenches, dug 12" deep. Spaced potato pieces 10" apart, eye up. Covered with soil 4-6" deep.
Snap Peas--single row, spaced 3" apart.
Shallots--5, planted brown "eye" up (not sure if this is the right direction...we'll see), 6 " apart.
I think there was a lot of build up to this first planting, and I wanted it to be just right. Rich got out there and turned the compost and soil, and I started with the potato trench. What. A. Bitch. Dirt is kind of annoying to work with, because, well...it's dirty. I dug down, the dirt caved back in all around. I pushed it to the side, it fell in the other trench. It was a lesson in giving up control and trying to let go. I finally decided to plant a little at a time (as opposed to digging the trenches and then planting the potatoes), and that worked.
During this, the boys were trying desperately to amuse themselves, in a space that previously had no limits. They were stomping on the beds (a big no-no), getting tangled up in the twine, and filling my trench. Leah ended up calling, sensed my frustration, and showed up in less than a minute to swoop the boys up and keep them occupied so that Rich and I could finish planting. Have I mentioned how much I love her??
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