Turned over one bed of winter rye to make room for cauliflower and broccoli planting. Had a lot of trouble with bolting last year, trying direct seed earlier this year to see if any difference.
Also noticed that a majority of the asparagus crowns have shot up new shoots by now. I should have kept a better record of how many there were when I separated and replanted them a few weeks back to see how successful. Judging by the number now visible, working well! This will be their second summer, so possibly a few harvests, but next year will be the real payoff.
Cut them three days ago, fuzzy and partially black, eyes had small growths.
Planted an inch or two below surface and loosely covered. Cold frame is over to help manage moisture and increase heat.
High of 44, low of 33. Some snow this morning.
Planted another large flat with a combination of later flower starts, and some additional tomatoes and herbs to bolster some weaker looking seed starts. I let one tray get a bit dried out, and those starts have really suffered as a result.
All of these starts went into a 50/50 mix with pittmoss as before. Its a really neat product that seem to be working well, the earlier flat of flowers is over 50% germinated already. Definitely helps with moisture control.
Finally warm enough to directly plant a few earlier season crops. Put in early radishes as well as greens (a few lettuces, arugula and spinach).
Also finally got the red fife wheat planted, which probably could have happened weeks ago, but had some dirt to move around between beds that made it easy to delay until now.
Small update, have reached germination of about 50% on seeds planted at seed swap. Certainly achieved faster using an actual starter mix.
The most recent flower starts were in a 50/50 pittmoss and regular soil mix. Will compare those results as well.
Earlier starts have reached almost complete germination, so I feel good about the odds of these more recent ones, especially with better soil conditions.
Weather is looking up in the forecast, hoping for some direct seed planting soon!