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Monday, March 26, 2018

Lessons From Spring

Thus far, this spring has been extremely cold and wet. This uncomfortable environment has been difficult for growing but also beneficial for making me a better gardener.  What follows is a list of the lessons I have learned:

1. Gardens look bad when it is consistently cold and wet. Mud seems to abound while the plants struggle to compete with the hostile conditions. Also, opportunities to work in the garden for extended periods of time are rare. The scenario is quite frustrating. Do not fret though; drier, warmer weather is sure to eventually arrive.

2. Slugs are voracious eaters. They especially love chowing on my collard transplants. Thankfully, I planted A LOT of collards. I think I will have plenty to bring to market.

3. I can grow beets! Yes, I am gaining confidence in my ability to grow beets, My process is to soak the seeds for 24 hours, sow at least three seeds in each cell of the seed starter kit, and then transplant the beets when they are well established. Also, it helps to water them frequently after transplanting.

4. Collards perform better if directly sowed. I have had to baby my collards so far this season. I believe based on my experiences that collards are healthier and more vigorous if directly sown instead of transplanted.

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