|Â April 2010
|Â Dear Reader,
It has been a busyÂ month – you can find a record of my gardening activities on the Bountea Blog.Â I persuaded John to keep us updated on his adventures in the Philippines: John Evans – Quantum Soil.Â Read about his amazing results using BioTea – see the weird 4″ grubs they use to digest organic matter!Some year ago, in the forum of our website, I wrote about mountain animals and ecology.Â I have rehabilitated those stories and added more on a separate personal blog called Rocky Mountain Living. You can again read about Lucy Fox and our other visitors.
This month I decided to do a different kind of article.Â Drawing on my experience as a psychologist, I put together a short questionnaire to help you decide what kind of gardener you are.Â Have fun with it; you can find the scoring protocols by clicking on the link at the end.Our new catalog is a great success.Â You can now order multiple copies on the website or simply by following this link:Â catalog.
April Garden Tasks
(April 15th — May 15th)Seeds outdoors:
Now is the time to plant any of the cold weather varieties you did not
get around to in March – salad mixes, chard, beets, Brassicas (cabbage,
broccoli, collards, kale, caulis, etc.), even fava beans.Â Don’t forget
to plant radishes where ever you have left over space.
Plant peas and pod peas when the soil warms
a little – sprout them first so you get fewer misses.Seeds indoors: If you did not start
your tomatoes yet, they will be a little late.Â Think about buying
Start your warm weather veggies — cucumbers, melons,
gourds, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash.Â If your soil warms
quickly, wait a little and plant outdoors as they often grow as quickly
when directly seeded in the garden
Start your tender annuals flowers
transplants: Time to put out your Brassica transplants: broccoli,
cabbage, cauliflower, etc.Â Keep starting seeds and transplanting into
space as it becomes available.
Pest control: place floating row cover
Roots: Buy mature asparagus plants and
|What Kind Of Gardener Are You?
When I teach a gardening class, I ask student gardeners to
fill out my Gardening Resources Questionnaire.Â It examines the assets and challenges each person brings to
starting and maintaining a garden.Â The first section is dedicated to Personal Resources: the intentions,
knowledge and means available to you personally.Â Here is that section.Â Fill it out and see how you measure up (you can print this email out or
just write the numbers down elsewhere).Gardening
Evaluate the assets and challenges you experience in starting
and maintaining your garden.
Grade each asset on a 5-point scale according to the
5 – very strong; 4 – fairly strong; 3 – average; 2 –
challenged; 1 – very challenged.
Add the asset scores to give you your Personal Resources
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