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The Garden in Spring

 

It has been a wonderfully rainy winter and spring and these daffodils and other bulbs planted along the edge of the garden years ago, have loved all the extra water.

 

The garden’s raised beds have been planted with various cover crops including mustard and fava beans, see photo below.

 

Here is another view of the beds planted with cover crop:

 

In the photo above, I have started the process of cutting down the cover crop in order to start turning it into the soil (see 2 beds on right side, middle of the photo). Cover crop is called “green manure” because the decomposing plants provide nutrients and organic matter to the soil.

 

In the photo below, you can see what I call the “chocolate cake” aspect of sandy loam soils. Between rainstorms the top of the soil dries out and leaves a sandy, tan colored protective crust that retains moisture below the surface. This winter I transplanted the pansies to use in the outdoor cafe patio planters.

 

The garden has continued to supply the cafe with fresh herbs throughout the winter and early spring. In the photo below there is mint, rosemary, parsley, thyme, cilantro, oregano, and marjoram picked on 4-4-19.

 

Also some lovely onions.

 

More news later this spring.

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