Welcome, May! Mark and I spent yesterday afternoon out playing in the dirt--time to plant the garden.
We covered the garden with black plastic all winter, hoping that would allow us to work the soil a little earlier this year.
Our hopes about having the soil be easier to work were exceeded - it was wonderful! Loose and friable - all we had to do was rake the surface! We've added truckloads of manure for the last three years, and it has beautifully amended our clayey soil. Yay for the the horsie poop! We only had to dig out three dandelion plants, and we were ready to begin planting.
We bought a few plants already started (tomatoes, zucchini, lemon cucumber), and planted the rest as seeds (pole beans, lettuce, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, green onions, beets). Oh, and I scattered some wildflower seeds around the empty areas. They should look lovely and help keep down the weeds, but we'll see if I hate myself when they re-seed and keep coming back.
(Yes, I know we need to whack the grass around the garden perimeter. We'll get to it soon...)
What did you do to begin the month of May? I'd love to hear from you.