The vegetables are all ordered, for good or for ill. Seeds are purchased and waiting. I walked Shadow through the raised bed garden last night and made notes on what needs to get done. I'm already feeling a little overwhelmed but I need to remember that a little done every day adds up to a lot.
- The strawberry bed needs to be weeded and the plants separated. I've got daughter plants too close to the mother plants, and a giant area of die-off in the bed. That's actually good news because now I have room to transplant those daughters! Strawberries reproduce with runners, placing so-called 'daughter' plants at the end of the runners. The mother plants, the older plants, die away after a time. If you don't separate them out the beds get too crowded the they don't produce as much fruit. I've also got the weed from hell taking over another corner of the bed. Where do these weeds come from? How come they are tougher than my vegetables?
- We've got one of the untreated wood sides of the raised bed warped, split, and threatening to spill compost everywhere. I need help from hubby to fix that one before I can get the onions and garlic into that bed!
- We still have dead chard plants, a few straggly cabbages, good looking turnips and carrots out there that need to be removed, composted or stored before the new plants can be added.