Spring is here and needless to say it’s time to plant just about anything if it ever stops raining long enough. Here in zone 6 it’s time to get a move on before it goes from too wet to too dry.
If you are new to vegetable gardening or are planning to expand your garden in the future consider using one of the permanent bed systems like square foot, Ruth Stout, or French intensive and you won’t have to worry about wading through mud to work.
If the weather is still a bit unsettled where you live you can give your warm season crops a real head start by planting them under a cold frame or plastic tunnel. Squash and cucumbers that I planted under a moveable cold frame last Saturday were up by Monday.
The grass is growing like gangbusters right now, and grass clippings make great mulch for weed suppression, and also are a key component to organic yard compost – I never have too much compost or grass clippings. Grass catchers are expensive when you buy them new, but cheap or free at yard sales and online classifieds – organic gardeners really need a grass catcher.
Honey bees are having a hard time these days what with varroa mites and colony collapse disorder. Really think twice before you use chemical insecticides – the pollinator you kill might be the one you need in your garden.
Speaking of honey bees – I’m an expectant beekeeper – last January I placed an order for a 3 pound box of bees which are due to be delivered by mail any day now. I’ll fill you in on the new beekeeper experience in a few days.
If by any chance you are considering becoming a backyard rabbit raiser spring is a good time to start – breeders are flush with spring bunnies and the weather is kind right now.
In our zone you can probably get in one more planting of cool weather spring salad greens if you hurry up about it – soon it will just be too hot.
Get out there!