Starting Seeds – Spring is Coming!
I have made a schedule for starting all my seeds and the time has finally arrived to get dirty! This week, I planted three different kinds of onions, some leeks , some flowers and today I must plant celery. I have never planted onions in trays with such little plugs before, but last year, someone gave me some left over onions planted in plugs like this and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to plant them. So, I am trying it this year. I’ve got 1,152 plants at stake, so I hope it works well.
It is nice to see the earth beneath the snow and even a few brave bulbs that are sending up leaves. My garlic is beginning to show its leaves. Unfortunately, in this urban area, all the winter’s garbage is being uncovered also – time for a clean-up.
Our son Tucker has been working this week on trying to till up the earth in the hoophouse. He is having moderate success. He is also tilling up old building materials, bags of garbage buried long ago, chunks of concrete, and other similar items. The ground is very compacted and the top soil quite thin. It will take a good deal of work to make this bit of earth a garden. We are also meeting soon with people from Cornell and UB to discuss what the results of the soil tests mean and what we need to do to make the soil fertile. There are interesting challenges to urban farming as opposed to rural farming. On the other hand, soil toxicity is not uniquely urban. Just think about all the tons of pesticides, herbicides, and other “-cides” dumped on the farmers’ fields every year ….. or maybe you’d rather not. That’s one of the reasons we grow our own food!