Since we skipped spring and went directly to summer, things here at applewood farm have been even less organized than usual.
Typically, there is a period of weeks between the last frost and the incredibly hot Dog Days of summer.
This year, not so much.
We planted seeds back in late March and early April. These have been germinating and becoming seedlings at varying rates depending upon what was planted and when.
The plants that really take off quickly demand transplanting sooner as well. This means that we have to have our transplant locations (raised beds, gardens, etc.) ready and THIS means that we have to be organized and have more than one hour a day to dedicate to the project.
Lately, time has not been so much on our side.
Between the restaurant, the cheese shop, the farmer’s market, the firehouse, and the pigs/chickens/goats/bees/dogs/cats/children, there hasn’t been a great deal of time for such frivolities as ensuring that our future food is planted in the ground where it can grow.
Something had to give, so the first line of defense was to stop caring for the children. At 10 and 14, they’ve had a good run and now they’re on their own.
Good luck, kids!
The rest of the creatures still need a little assistance, so Dave graciously cut back on firehouse activities a bit and lo-and-behold! stuff started getting transplanted!
In the past week, we’ve managed to get half the tomato beds planted, a flowerbed started, the back garden filled with squash seedlings of several varieties, the cucumbers and peas in and trellised, the brussels sprouts planted, two raised beds built, five existing raised beds seeded, and all the lettuces and leafy greens started as well.
Plus, I got to mow the lawn for the first time this year and not much makes me happier than that.
There aren’t a lot of jobs more satisfying than getting the gardens planted.
Hopefully, this year will prove as bountiful as all the ones preceding it.
Hopefully, all these little seedlings will be delicious food before too long.