Now That's My Kind Of Garden Weed
Realization Of The Day:
I actually have more strawberry plants in the new bed than I previously thought. The few that survived sent out runners, and I found tiny plants hiding under the weeds. Now they are all nicely mulched with dry barn hay full of sheep manure (love that stuff--have six raised beds covered with it already), and the real count is 14 plants. They only fill about 1/3 of the bed (right now the rest has been taken over by tiny volunteer dill seedlings), so I guess I will not pinch back runners and just let them spread. That means no berries this year, but it will be worth it. I think.
Minding The Moonsigns:
(Yes I know I keep promising more information about this, and I will deliver--really.) In the meantime, some fertile 3rd quarter days are coming up: April 14th, 15th, 19th, and 20th. There aren't usually four in one cycle so we are very fortunate this month, as these are the days we all need more of this time of year. The moon will be waning (and drawing things "downward") so they are the perfect time for transplanting (seedlings into individual plugs, seedlings into garden, potted plants into larger pots, etc.) These are also the days you want to plant things that grow underground, like potatoes and garlic (but not onions--those go in the 1st quarter, and no, I don't know why). In most places, it's not too late to start a little spring garlic. More about that very soon.