The wheel of the year turned once more to Spring and with it we came out of our warm hole and began preparation for the new season. Spring is an important tide for us here on the homestead and it is more than the initial blossoming and continued growth of our physical sustenance – Spring provides sustenance for our minds and our spirit as well.
In preparation for the coming plantings, we set about clearing up some area in one of the main pastures that had fallen into disuse over the winter. Here we took down a dead tree to make room for raised beds and a greenhouse.
In addition to clearing up this area, we also took down the old greenhouse. Here it is just before being pulled apart and its wood shuffled off to a pile for summer fires. This little greenhouse served us well for quite a few years. It was simple in construction and design with only the plastic for cost. In a pinch, I would recommend something similiar for anyone starting out.
During the month of Solmónaþ, we usually begin the season by starting seeds indoors in seed trays. This is typically only our onions but since they take up so many trays (we do not buy sets) we have tried to direct seed in the garden beds. This has only provided mixed results, so for 2017 we will be going back to starting the seeds inside and transplanting later.
Taken from our Garden Plan, the to-do list for these new months are as follows:
- Create seed pots using soup can and newspaper
- Purchase Seed Starting Mix
- Purchase seeds or inventory current seed storage
- When weather permits, empty compost bins and place about a 1 to 2 inch layer of compost over all garden beds. Dig in the compost, winter leaves that mulched the beds, and manure.
- Turn under the winter cover crops if used.
- Store bird netting
- February 1: Start Onion Flats indoors (3 trays for 4 beds)
- February 2: Plant lettuce, spinach, radish, swiss chard and arugula in cold frame
- February 14: Plant broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower in cold frame