Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gardening by the moon, best planting days this month, backyard chickens, cold frames

Tomorrow is the new moon in Taurus.   This is one of the days we have been waiting for .  A waxing moon in an earth sign is a perfect planting day. So, Tomorrow the carrots, onions,beans, peas,broccoli, beets and  more potatoes,  will go in the ground.  We made a firm decision last year to stay with the classic American garden vegetables.  The fancy french carrots were a waste of garden space last year.   We also tried  a couple of the seed tapes for carrots.  Also a waste , mostly of money.  We  have the best success with  'dig a hole, plant a seed' gardening.  Good soil, appropriate amounts of sun and water... and plants just want to grow.   Our job seems to be.... get 'em in the ground and keep the bugs and weeds off of them. There really is no need to  futze with them.  If you cant get into the garden tomorrow cuz you oh.......have a job.  Next Saturday and Sunday are the best planting days of this spring.  A waxing moon in Cancer.
Our warm weather plants: squash, cucumbers ,tomatoes,peppers and basil will go in in about a month under cold frames.  As serene as gardening may seem on the outside  there are sometimes conflicts.  Jimmy and I avoided a contretemps in the local nursery yesterday because I backed off and decided to let him have his way with the cold frames.  I was planning on attaching stakes (that we already have) to the sides of the beds and  wrapping 6 mil plastic (that we already have) on them and stapling them down. Jimmy has grand plans for  domed ceilings (that he has to buy supplies for ) that when the greenhouse fabric (that he has to buy) come off, will serve  as  tomato  cages and other staking things.  Personally , I  just think he wants his 'show-off 'factor to be higher than mine.    My large planting/air bags are pretty cool  and are destined to get attention from other gardeners if they are a success.  I think he is projecting forward and thinking "what do I get to show and tell  that will one-up her bags?" (This is where I make snorting noises and  walk away).  Domestic  bliss aside...  we are well on our way to this years scrumptious crop.
 The girls are spending the next 2 days in the small pen before we start letting them out into their little grassy run. ( they still have more space than some studio apts in Seattle)  They are supremely unhappy at having  their domain sizeably reduced.  I have been listening to them  gripe and yell the whole time I have been  writing this.  If They could behave and not shred our vegetables they could still roam free. But alas, no amount of explaining  seems to make them understand that  there are boundaries. 

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