Ground has been broken on my trailer park homestead! I started to poke at the ground a little yesterday to see if it was thawed yet, and before I knew it, I'd dug out about half of the area (okay, maybe it was really more like a quarter, but it felt like a lot!) I'm going to want to put the sunflowers! I'm not excited to start gardening, not at all!
I discovered two setbacks though. First, the garden beds I wanted to plant things in first are still frozen solid under about an inch of mud (high quality, dark, rich mud though!). Seriously, the ground wasn't frozen, but my garden beds were. Go figure. I'm not too terribly worried about this though, since I don't think temperatures are supposed to dip below freezing for at least another week, so it should start thawing out soon! I wasn't going to plant yet, but still! Last year, I planted carrots on St. Patrick's Day, but clearly that isn't going to happen this year. *sigh*
The other problem I discovered is that the rototiller I was hoping to borrow from a family member is non-functional. Hopefully, I'll be able to borrow one from someone else, since I'm certainly not going to buy or rent one! If not, digging out the garden beds by hand will get me in some fantastic shape for summer and give me something to do before I can start gardening in earnest! Hmmm....maybe I don't want to borrow a rototiller at all. Those are some pretty good reasons to not use one, even if it is an option!
On a positive note, I was uncovering worms with just about every shovelful as I was playing in the dirt. Since we just moved here, I really have no idea what to expect out of this soil (probably should get it tested, huh?), but it seems like that's a really good sign! I still think I'm going to add tons of compost, if I can get a hold of some for free though.
Back in the rational garden zone, not some crazed lady digging up the yard before the spring equinox, I have some seeds started in the house. Broccoli and cabbage are both up. Some of the broccoli is looking a bit leggy to me, but I planted about twice as much as I was figuring on putting in the garden, so I have seedlings to spare if some don't work out. I started lettuce on Monday, so that should be up in a couple days too. I use a leaf lettuce variety seed, so I get great salads pretty early in the season. Yum!
Oh, spring is calling and I can't wait to get the gardening groove fully on here!