On Saturday April 6th we took a chance and planted our first few beds. Looking at weather reports we could see rain coming soon and staying for some time. We only had a small window to put seeds in the ground, so we took it. Though the soil was dry our clay heavy ground was not ready for a tractor so we went old school, spreading compost by wheelbarrow, loosening soil with a broakfork and making our seed beds with rakes.
There was still frost on the ground when we started preparing beds in the morning. We won’t know if we are crazy or courageous for a few more weeks but that’s farming; making a million decisions, gambling on weather and hoping for the best.
We’ve been planning all winter and seeding has to be one of the most exciting and hopeful tasks a farmer gets to do. We loved it and we love our new Jang and Earthway seeders. What did we plant you ask? A little bit of a lot of things: baby lettuce, baby kale, baby chard, cilantro, dill, beet greens, Asian greens, arugula, spinach, carrots, beets, green onions, salad turnips, radish, shallots and peas. Now, we’ll tuck them in under row cover to keep them warm and cross our fingers.