A good solid 3 hours of cleaning and turning on Saturday leaves me with just one bed to finish. On Sunday, I got some peas in despite the pouring rain.
Saturday was gorgeous and I was able to turn/remove my “cover” crops (i.e. weeds with some lucky clover), sweep out the leaves, clean the pathways and turn the soil. The good news was that the soil seems to be in great shape. I will be adding compost shortly, but I don’t need to work as hard at amending the beds as I did last year.
Pleasant discoveries? A happy but sleepy toad. Several spiders. Worms. A missing kitchen knife. A rope. A candlestick and Mrs. Plum in the library. Oh! And garlic is indeed growing. We’ll see how many, but right now it looks like about half of what I planted last fall. Not great, but it will do.
Unpleasant discoveries? Some festering nasties, grubs and caterpillars and other looming eaters all comfortably biding their time before biting my thyme. I used the thumb-and-forefinger method of eradication. It’s a bit like popping bubblewrap. Highly satisfying for some reason.
Here is the before and after. One more bed to get ready, some trellis/tee pees to build and we’re good to go.