Tantalizing windows of sunshine during this fickle Spring lend to a rather chaotic bed-preparation and planting regimen.
Tantalizing windows of sunshine during this fickle Spring lend to a rather chaotic bed-preparation and planting regimen. Though we fantasize about leisurely days wiled away in the quiet, blooming womb of a sparkling garden, Pacific Northwest Spring usually takes a more kinetic approach to commencement.
For beds left uncovered, we usually need two or three days of clear skies before our soil dries enough to tease with the tines of fork and rake. If prepped before an easy crumble ensues, the soil will clump, further hardening to rocks in the summer sun - an unfriendly soil texture to gardeners and soil-life alike.
So we wait, covering what we can with mulch to minimize rain infiltration, and using the broad fork to gently lift, fracture and aerate. More surface area = more rapid evaporation. Capitalizing on limited sunshine is our greatest challenge in this combative growing season. When conditions allow, we jump wholeheartedly into maniacal bed-preparation and planting, paying our respect to the old adage that "it's good to make hay while the sun shines." It's true - we try to make the most of what we have, when we have it, and worry little about what we cannot control.
If you are seeking a Spring Intensive of your own, come join us at Luscher Farm this Wednesday evening for a look at some Spring planting strategies, and for tips on making the most of your garden space. Click here for more information, and/or to register.