These are the garden tasks that I am looking forward to over the next few weeks:
- Finally take down tomato cages- I just had to admit that one. Yup, it's March and the tomato cages are still up. Hey, at least it keeps the cats out of the garden bed.
- Remove bolted brassicas - What a weird winter. Tons of rain and hot spells led to confused vegetables. My broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, etc decided that instead of producing food they'd give me flowers (i.e. bolt). Oh well, 2009-2010 was a great broccoli year (see the giant broccoli in my photo) so maybe next winter will be great once more.
- Weed the garden path and around the bases of the fruit trees - Death to Bermuda Grass!!!
- Lay straw mulch down between the garden beds - Suffocate, Bermuda Grass!
- Add compost to the unoccupied raised beds and turn the soil - Dig, sonny, dig!
- Wrangle the bird netting - Don't ask...
- Install drip irrigation lines - The pipes and lines to all the beds are hooked up, now I just need to figure out how to add drip emitters or soaker hoses or t-tape. This will be the first season that the MKG is on irrigation rather than hand-watering and I'm holding out hope that things will survive summer trips just a little bit better (or at all- I'm looking at you, potatoes).
- Plant the asparagus - If it ever thaws out enough at the farm for the crowns to be dug up.
- Plant root and lettuce seeds - Time to get those carrots and beets and radishes started before the heat comes on strong.