With the change to Daylight Saving Time came a change in temperature. Working outside was refreshing. The ground has just started to thaw so walking around there is only a little amount of mud. When I look out into the garden I often think and wonder about how my garlic is doing. I took advantage of the weather today to see if I could learn anything about the garlic.
Seeing this plant was exciting. In December I was worried I had not protected the garlic with enough mulch. After a mild winter I think I have been fortunate and will have a good garlic crop this year.
One of goals this year was to give one of my garden beds a year off and plant it with a cover crop. I purchased a quarter of a pound of Johnny’s “Summer Alfalfa” to use for to allow my beds to rest. Alfalfa is slow-growing, and I need to get as much as I can out of it. So I lightly raked the bed.
Then I cast the alfalfa seeds. It was fun not to have to put seeds in the “right” place.
The final project of the day was to build a compost sifter. Late in the fall I found a used lawn tractor trailer. I bought it mostly so I could sift my compost and haul it to where I needed it. I used a couple of two by sixes I had lying around. I cut them to thirty-six inches long, and used the remainder for the other sides.
I used a standard wire mesh that I picked up at Home Depot. It is wide enough to rest on the trailer. I used two by sixes so I can fill it up and not spill over the sides. I will also be getting help from my friend Dylan and it will help him not spill too much.
I missed writing last week. I traveled to visit my family for a quick weekend. It was a pleasant surprise to visit with them and to see some old friends.
I hope you had a wonderful weather weekend. Did you finish or start any projects this weekend?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.