Spring Time Activities

| 3/17/2014 4:48:00 PM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveSpring is truly trying to come to my part of the world.  Sixty degree days are pure torture when the temperature says come out side the weather is nice but the garden soil says get outa here I'm still frozen and sleepin' (In a grouchy irritated voice) What's an over anxious cooped up all winter gardener supposed to do?  Well, here's what I did to over come all the pent up garden energy.  I could only play with seedlings under the grow lights in the basement for just so long.  I couldn't take it any more and had to break out.

Frustrated Gardener

Yes, that's right.  I broke out the mattock pick axe and chopped out the frozen ground. I was going to rejuvenate my backyard raised beds anyway. The frozen chunks were heaved over on an adjacent bed and the thawed soil was taken to the compost tumbler. Ten gallons of raised bed soil along with five gallons of peat moss, a coffee can of vermiculite, a cup full of lime, and a couple hand fulls of Epsom salts to complete the mix. 

Soil Mixing in Composter

Oh, yeah, getting a work-out today. It came out of the tumbler light and fluffy. It should really make the veggies grow good. It snowed again last night with temperatures down to 26 but another soil temperature check showed that the six-inch depth was 50 degrees. That's five degrees warmer than yesterday. Tomorrow it will be back in the 60s with temps in the 50s and 60s all week. I'm hoping to get my onions and cabbages hardened off and in the ground by the end of the week.

First batch done

3/29/2014 7:57:06 PM

Now that's getting real serious about getting the garden ready. I need to attach the tiller to my tractor and get mine plowed up, but the ground is too wet. We had another hard freeze Wednesday. The Hooligans have made a path right through one of the areas I was going to use, so that's out. I have my tomatoes started.

3/20/2014 4:50:21 PM

Wow, Dave, lotta good stuff going on there. I love to experiment, too. Need to get my containter garden going in the trailer of my mobile homestead. Want to try small scale hydroponics, as well.$100 is a no brainer for that lot. Might make a nice little community garden. Who knows. May or may not be buildable, but still a steal.

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