The weather has stayed exceptionally warm, and though the ground froze hard after my February 28th sowing, and did not really start warming for at least a week, the plastic on my raised bed kept the soil warm enough to not freeze, and one type of lettuce I planted germinated, as well as spinach, and mustard. I pulled the plastic off, as there were some days that are too hot. I did put it back on overnight for one night frost was forecast, as they are just sprouted and more tender than larger plants. They probably would have been ok, but I wanted to be safe. Still no sign of the carrots, which is not a surprise at all, they take a long time to germinate even in warm soil.
The lettuce I planted germinated so well (Adriana Butterhead), that my heavy handed sowing required heavy thinning.
These sprouts will require another round of thinning, but I didn't want to thin too thickly just yet.
I went ahead and planted the peas, temps below 22F are looking very unlikely, and the soil is warm enough to start them germinating.
The secret to getting a decent crop of peas is to sow them very thickly. They do not mind the heavy sowing, and some don't germinate. No thinning required! I also inoculate my peas with beneficial Rhizobium bacteria, which provides them free nitrogen. I get really nice nodules on my pea roots.
I bought a plastic composting tub 2 years ago, and the compost in it is finally ready. This thing did NOT work, too dry, isolated, not the way to do a compost pile. I pulled some larger things out of it that did not decompose and this will finally make a nice amendment and mulch for my garden! Meanwhile I have a new pile I started last year, directly on the ground, that will go out in the summer.
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My name is Peter and I am a gardener in the Lower Hudson Valley. This is my third year growing a very large garden, from seed. This is my journal.