Anyone who has ever seen (or read) Alice in Wonderland knows of the white rabbit. The rabbit who is constantly saying….”I’m late, I’m late.” This spring makes me feel like the white rabbit!!!
Spring is here (apparently), but it is a sloooowwww spring. At this point, garden beds should be tilled and a whole array of cool weather crops should be, as we speak, poking their heads out of the soil.
Unfortunately, we are definitely NOT at that point this year. Last season most farmers had cool weather crops planted by the first of April. This year, we will be lucky to get them in by the first of May.
So what slows down planting? Cold temps (we still have frozen ground in some spots!!) and moisture. With the extreme winter that we had the snow was deep…..up until a couple of weeks ago there was eighteen inches still covering the garlic planting. Following on the heels of all that snow came a lot of snow melt in the form of A LOT of water. To add fuel to the fire, it seems that we are in a pattern of rain every other day. Just when the beds get to the point where it might be accessible in a couple of days…….another rain event.
It is not all doom and gloom though……the first high tunnel is planted. We were able to get early plantings of lettuce, pac choi, kale, collards, onions, radishes, arugula and turnips. On tap this weekend, the first high tunnel will be filled and high tunnel #2 will also be planted in early season crops.
Our personal goal to be working beds in North Dakota by April 11th, has come and gone and we have reassessed and hope for May 1st. High tunnel crops, however, should start rolling out sometime mid May……
Here’s to hoping for a bit drier weather pattern, at least long enough to get some of our early crops in the ground………..and a last benefit…….I am sure that this weather pattern will allow me to convince Harmony that we SURELY need more high tunnels.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )