Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Shoulder Season Growing For The Eager Northerner
Even though my garden looks like this:
Inside the greenhouse, temps are really heating up!
In preparation to seed, I'm irrigating my beds IN the greenhouse with a good snow mulch. I've done it twice now and the usually snow melts within a day, saturating the soil gently with nutrient rich soft water.
Outside overnight temps are still WELL below zero - in fact, so are daytime temps for that matter. Regardless of that fact, I'm pretty inspired by Kevin's talk on Sunday and Eliot Coleman's writings, so I'm prepping to seed cold weather crops in the greenhouse that can take the night time dip in temp (spinach, radish, brassicas, hardy lettuce, etc...). I've got nothing to lose by trying - I can always start over if need be for the cost of some seed. No big deal, right?
As you can see there's some serious snow remaining. The picture above is the back of the house and deck (notice the snow on the roof) taken from the path near the greenhouse.
Below, is the opposite direction (coop and garden) taken from the fork in the path that you see above.
It's going to be quite some time before the garden season begins out of doors, don't you think?