So I’ve been reading Will Bonsall’s “Essential Guide To Radical, Self Reliant Gardening” and I’ve come across some information that I’ve never heard before.
To lay the scene a little bit, Will gardens in Maine, that means he’s about Zone 4 or 3. With that in mind, he’s planting carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, brassicas and onions outside before most people even sow them indoors. I was really interested in to find this out and I think it could really ramp up our production!
Here in our area we’ve been above 50F for the past week and we are forecasted to be above 45F for the remainder of the month (usually above 50F). Because of this I have been planting some crops really early. I have sown broccoli, kale and chard already in a cold frame, my hope is to snag some early veg before the cabbage moths come on the scene. These are extremely cold hardy crops that actually like to freeze, so I’m hoping they do well.
On top of that, I’m going to take Bonsall’s advice and plant carrots, parsnips and onion sets today (possibly rutabagas). I’ve got an entire bed dedicated to these three crops alone, so I figured it would be a good way to try and get some early crops! I may even throw some radishes in there for fun as well.
I know many of you read my “Transparency” article. To be honest, I’m overjoyed at being forecasted “Much Above Average” temps all the way into June, we could really use the food. Since I have yet to hear from any employer I’ve applied to, I’m just going to put my full attention into gardening early getting some fresh veg. I’ll do whatever I can to get us some extra produce from the garden!
After building our chicken coop (which I will post about) I have some extra plywood. I think I’ll be using it to build a permanent cold frame. I’ll have to have dad come by with this skill saw again!
Here’s to a warm and happy spring!
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