April weather has been strange: one day 70F and the next 2 feet of snow. After a bit of inertia I got going and rehabilitated the beds in our rental house. The article below is a companion piece for the one in October, Starting a Garden Again.
During Spring Break, we took a much needed week in the sun in Cozumel, Mexico. There we met Cindy, a dynamic woman determined to start a community gardening/horticulture project on the island. She was immediately enthralled by the possibility of using the Bountea system to help grow in the sandy coral soil.
By one of those un-coincidental happenstances, the next week I met Peggy at the Denver Indoor Gardening Expo where Bountea was making a big splash. She is a leading light in Hydro for Hunger, dedicated to using Simplified Hydroponic and Organoponics to help feed the hungry across the world. I hope to integrate Bountea with those excellent methods to create phenomenal growing power for those in need. Next stop Cozumel!
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|April Garden Tasks
(April 15th Â 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. Don’t forget to plant radishes where ever you have left over space.
Pest control: place floating row cover immediately over plants of cabbage family. Also, putting out larger transplants will mitigate flea beetle damage.
Roots: Buy mature asparagus plants and put them in a well dug perennial bed.
Ornamentals: move volunteer perennials seedlings, cutback late summer blooming shrubs like buddleia and blue mist spirea, Russian sage, harden off shrubs and perennials purchased as container plants, prune winter kill from roses, prune lilacs by harvesting blooms and cut out dead stalks
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This is a follow up article to Starting a Garden Again. That first gardening attempt was a disaster: the Brassicas turned a dark purple before perishing in the poor soil and harsh dry cold of winter.Â Come February, I had given up on gardening at this house.
Then Lawrence invited me over to help dig his community plot.Â As my shovel lifter his fluffy soil, I could feel the juices begin to flow. Â There is something so basic about digging.Â It took me back to the 1970’s, when I lived and worked on a tiny croft farm in the farthest southern tip of Ireland.Â The neighbor boy, Michael Daly, taught me to dig lazy-beds for the potatoes.Â It was backbreaking work but my body lear
The next day, I was out with the shovel attacking the 3 small beds in this garden.Â The soil was dreadful – solid, heavy, inert – starved for organic matter.Â If I had more motivation, I would haveÂ double dug the beds – loosened the subsoil and added compost.Â As it was, I ordered a cubic yard of composted horse manure (very reasonably priced) and covered the beds with a 6″ layer.Â Then out with the shovel again, mixing and loosening. Â
To break up the crumb further, I gave it a going over with the tine-hoe and finished with some light raking.Â Then two strong doses of Bountea, brewed with a good shot of M3 at the end.Â The soil started to feel better – as if recuperating from a long illness.Â Â
Soil tells you when it is happy and healthy.Â It becomes loose and friable; it holds moisture and nutrients; it yearns to grow plants.Â Stick your fingers three to four inches into the soil.Â Lift it and feel its texture.Â Like a loaf of fresh baked bread, it should be spongy, open, slightly moist and sticky – not gluey or gritty.Â It is ready to plant when the soil feels fairly cool but not frigid – around 40F.
In the past, I grew everything from seed.Â This time I chose the easier way and picked up a few plants at our local hardware store – onions, cabbage and broccoli.Â Once those were in, the bug hit deep and I planted out some of the salad greens from the sunroom, followed by a few rows of peas, spinach and radishes.Â A friend is holding 4 varieties of tomato for me, so with a few runner beans, I am about set for the year!
As this garden recuperates, so do I.Â There is nothing more life enhancing than to work the soil, plant the seeds and watch the bounty grow.Â Are you out there yet?
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