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It seems like every year is warmer than the one before, and earlier and…..

Perhaps I’m just getting old and forgetfull.

It’s definitly earlier and warmer than last spring.

I’ve already made about 20 raised beds, and sowed and planted most of the early crops.

Like a new bed of leeks and some pak choi under cover.

The kids are off for a swim in the lake and we are getting ready for dinner.

The crop circles have each gotten a big dose of compost. It’s time to start the garden.

I got the tiller out and tilled the center of the first vegetable garden. The ground seemed dry on the surface, but was still quite soggy a few centimeters down, so I only did a little. Casting up raised beds was a bit heavy, but I made 8 and sowed seed in four.

I put in the usual first starters – onion sets, carrots, turnips, parsley, spinach and cilantro. Starting early before the dirt warms up and dries out properly gives almost always poor results, but I couldn’t hold myself.

Last year I started even earlier because the weather was so nice, then it went into freezing mode for a week. It all turned out OK, but later sowing was better. This year the prognosis looks like warm weather for the next 10 days and nights.

Yesterday I made a batch of herb miso, then went out and started making my raised bed spiral in the first crop circle that I had tilled the evening before.  

 I made 9 beds. Some are still empty, but I put in some potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, dill and parsley. Much more to come. 

The earlier raised beds I planted are doing fine – starting to come up. Yesterday I finished tilling the 2 vegetable crop circles and made 2 beds of potatoes. Today I made 4 more beds with a variety of early vegetables.     

Just before the rain came. 

The first vegetable beds of this new growing season have been prepared and sown.

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The two raised beds in the center are reserved for flowers to be planted in later. The next four beds have onion sets with carrots, beets with celantro and dill, parsnips with spinich and swiss chard and then finally a bed of potatoes. The tilth was fantastic.

Now that the compost has been distributed to all the crop circles and tilled in, it’s time to start a new one. There is so much refuse to use.

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Farmer Eriksson brought a load of manure this morning.

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Along with a small roll of flax straw. The cow manure is already aged a bit, and Fr. Eriksson says the wild boar have been aerating it too. It will be layered into this years new compost piles.

The flax straw will be used for mulching, but I’ll need much more before the growing season is done. I prefer flax straw for mulching, especcially for the walkways and between the raised beds. It decays slowly, stays dry in wet weather and matts nicely for walking and crawling on. If gathered in the fall, it can be used for 2 or 3 years. I haven’t been able to find much info about the ‘nutritional value’ for the soil, but it’s been working great for me for years. The earthworms like it too.