51 degrees is the current temperature. The snow that covered the ground last week is gone. I went out today to check on the carrots, parsnips, and garlic in the garden.
Several carrots were chewed on or pulled, but mostly they were in good shape. About five garlic cloves were either dug up or pushed themselves out of the ground. Thinking back I may not have planted them deep enough. I was happy to see good root growth despite planting them late in the Fall. I raked up a small amount of straw from the circle garden and used it to cover part of the garlic. To cover the rest of the garlic I took some extra pine needles from the blueberries. I hope a little covering will be better than nothing.
I took advantage of the high temperatures and opened the cold frames and inspected the plants. Everything seemed to be holding on well.
After enjoying being, and working, outside I came inside to work on planting project. We have been really enjoying our homegrown onions. The onions we are eating now I grew from seed. This was my first successful onion crop from seed. Now I have high hopes for my onions. Onions take a long time to grow, and last year I was concerned because the onions I transplanted were very small. I decided I needed to start my onion earlier than everything else so they can be bigger and stronger when I transplant them. Today I build a small planting box and planted the last of my onion seed.
The box materials came from a pallets I cut up with my reciprocating saw.
This does not need to be fancy or square so I put everything together mostly well.
To get a square shape I cut the two-by-fours in half and made sure the slats fit across the square.
Then I used my corner clamps to hold each corner and screwed in two screws on each corner.
Then I nailed in the bottom slats and lined the box with plastic.
I like to fill the box with soil before I do the final plastic trim around the box. I find if I trim before the soil is put in I trim it to low or to high. Also the soil holds the plastic down and makes trimming, for me, easier.
It was a busy day. I am always amazed at how fast the spring comes. So much more work to be down in the spring I am really glad we there is more sun light to get it all done. I hope you are enjoying this warm spell, it will not last much longer. Then back to the snow and cold. How are you taking advantage of this January thaw?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.