In the last couple weeks we've transplanted and direct-seeded several types of soybeans, transplanted amaranth and quinoa, planted many types of corn and transplanted squash as part of Celt's "reinvigorate the Navajo Grey Hubbard" project.
I also decided, spur of the moment, to do some root crop dry farming trials. I have several varieties of carrots, beets, and some daikon and we'll see if any are better than the others with the dry farming methods.
Dusty installed our bean trellis poles last weekend and I strung up the wires. The beans planted May 10 are all up and growing and the beans planted on May 16 are starting to come up as well. Pretty quick this year, so we're pleased. The season seems to be off to a great start despite the cool, rainy spring.
It is great living on-site, and I have so far had time to keep on top of weeds and wheel-hoeing the pathways. I intend to keep on top of it throughout the season. The wheel-hoe is so pleasant to use, I wish I could afford to buy my own. I borrow Dusty's wheel hoe but since he uses it for his farm, I only use it in the evenings or weekends, as I don't want to hog it up when one of his staff might need it. His generosity in letting me borrow tools is not to be taken for granted! I hope in the future I can get a grant for the project to buy some tools. The first thing I'd get is a Glaser Wheel Hoe.
I hope you are all jumping into the gardening season and enjoying every rare drop of sunshine we are getting!
Krista is a life-long resident of Whatcom County, Washington State. She has been gardening and farming in the area for over 15 years.