March has been a busy month for the garden, and we've been at it rain or shine.
This month has been a whirlwind of activity. We've seen the start of spring tasks that will be frequent in the garden from now until winter such as weeding beds and chipping paths. These activities are not exactly our favorite (c'mon, can you blame us?) but are necessary to keeping our garden thriving and beautiful. The warmer temperatures and sparse sunny days of spring have also brought us to the garden to plant, one of our favorite activities (again, can you blame us?). This month we've sowed fava beans amongst a fall cover crop crimson clover, onion starts, pea seeds, pea starts, radish, spinach, arugula, and more. But as every gardener knows, to plant a plant is to roll the dice. When we sow our seeds or lay out starts in the soil we are risking unexpected inclement weather, garden pests, and birds. This month, not a pea seed sprouted (perhaps eaten by voles) and our pea starts were chewed away (was it the slugs?). But like all gardeners we try again and again, determined to reach success. Stay tuned to the Garden Blog to see what comes up, or better yet, come see for yourself. The garden is open for self-guided tours every day, dawn until dusk.
Starting a new straw bale garden was also on the agenda for March. One of the two constructed last year was on its last legs, suffering from vole damage, weather, natural decomposition, and needed to be replaced. As we dismantled the old straw bale garden with garden forks, several voles ran out from inside! The old straw went straight onto a few planted beds as mulch and the withered kale stalks that were growing in the old straw bales went to the chickens. To construct a new one, we followed the directions set out by the previous Garden Blog post Straw Bale Bonanza which includes a fabulous slide show with step-by-step instructions.
Last, but certainly not least, the garden saw another class graduate from our Comprehensive Organic Gardener (COG) Program. This bunch of fine individuals were out in the garden quite a bit this month, learning everything from how to create healthy soil to intensive gardening methods. View the slideshow below to see highlights from the spring session! To learn more about COG, click here.