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Bed Preparation 2021

Bed Preparation 2021

I’m a very tidy person.  I don’t like knick-knacks, clutter or unopened mail.  Gardening offers me the opportunity to welcome a little bit of chaos into my life.  I allow the wild nature of the garden to help me be flexible and let go of (a little bit of) control. The bed preparation 2021 is very important to grow vegetables.

There are many things about my garden that I don’t like.  It is a work in progress and this blog is a journey through that work.  Part of that is showing pictures of the garden when it doesn’t look its best.  So with that, I give you unedited pictures of my garden early in the season with all my over-wintered vegetables and dormant crops.

Bed Preparation 2021

bed preparetion with light

making fertilizers

I planted my first cover crop last November after removing the tomatoes from the beds near the fireplace. I wanted to return the nitrogen to the soil so I tried Bed preparation. It grew very well all winter and is now ready to be turned down so that it can break down, release nitrogen and be ready for a new crop of tomatoes. so get more information read Bed preparation 2021.

Grass withdrawal green crops

mix organic fertilizer

My kale went all winter long and we enjoyed it when everything else was gone.  We at it steamed on goddess bowls, raw in smoothies and massaged with olive oil in our favorite salads.

Caring for seedlings

The bok choy was also great all winter.  I had no idea how hardy it was.

nice vegetables

The broccoli did not do well.  This bed just doesn’t get enough sun in the winter.  The peas also failed to produce anything last fall.  I think I put them in too late.

Dead trees

I’m amending the soil with G&B Oganics Raised Bed & Potting Mix this year.  It’s an organic mix of all the good stuff like chicken manure, kelp meal, worm castings and bat guano.   I picked up six bags at Al’s Garden Center, each containing 3 cubic feet of soil.

fertilizer details'  organic fertilizers

I removed all of the kale and bok choy except one stem that I left to bolt for the bees and ladybugs that will be coming out soon.   Next year I may leave more stems if they aren’t in the way of paths like these were.

Fresh Bed with light Fresh Bed with light 1

Fresh Bed with light 3 Fresh Bed with light 4

I do feel happy in my heart when my garden is tidy.  There’s nothing quite like an empty bed with fresh soil just waiting to be planted!

empty bed

empty bed 2

Here are some updated photos of the lettuce bed! These are from March 30th.

lettuce bed 1 lettuce bed 2 lettuce bed 3 lettuce bed 4

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