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Soaking it Up

May 3rd, 2018

This time of year really is the sweetest. It’s warming up, the soil is ready to be worked, there aren’t many insects, and there aren’t many weeds either. Yesterday, it was 85 degrees here and perfect. I spent the day madly planting seedlings the main vegetables garden: onions, spinach, lettuce, beets, etc. I worked until I could barely see.

I planted four trays of alliums: Patterson, Redwing, Red long of Tropea, and Conserver Shallots (all seeds from I’m really looking forward to fresh onions, the ones in the root cellar are starting to sprout and the stocks are getting really low. Luckily, chives are coming on and those give a great onion flavor. I’m starting to get excited about this summer and what the garden will bring.

What are you transplanting?

3 Comments to “Soaking it Up”
  1. PennyAshevilleNC on May 3, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I have lettuces, spinach, beets and peas in already. This weekend is our local Western NC farmer’s Market Herb sale where I buy starts of tomatoes, peppers, and any herbs I didn’t keep through winter.

    It is a fantastic festival with local farmers from all over our area. I love learning about new varieties to try!

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  2. Misti on May 3, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I’m about to get summer crops in, though tomatoes have been out for two months already, but switch out the snap peas for beans and get cucumbers and other items going. We had a cool spring so I let some winter crops linger longer than usual.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on May 4, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Susy, yes, this is the best time of the year. I’m about three weeks behind in gardening. Up until the last couple days, it’s been very dry here so Spring growth has been slow. I think we got about an inch of rain over the last two days but the official measurement was 39 hundredths of an inch. We are about a half an inch behind for the year. Hopefully things will turn around in May. Tomorrow will be an all day garden oriented day. I think it’s time to start the cucumbers, squash, and perhaps think about planting the first bed of sweet corn. I have a few minor repairs on the wooden fence and that will secure the garden for the year.

    Have a great transplanting day in the garden.

    Nebraska Dave

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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