My wonderful husband tilled half of our vegetable beds this weekend, along with tilling the kids’ dirt pile (tilling keeps the weeds down). I love it when he does the tilling because the leftover weeds are cleaned up, and he rakes each bed into a tidy little bed that I promptly plant with lots of seeds.
Usually, when we till the beds, we put down a layer of compost first. This time our compost was a bit too raw to use. However, when I have time, I’ll put a layer of compost over top of the beds as mulch and to keep the moisture in the soil. I tried this last year, and found the compost mulch kept the moisture in the soil much longer than leaving it exposed.
Today, my 3 year old and I pulled out our seed box and planted our snap peas. I find 2 rows are plenty for our family. We also planted 2 rows of spinach, one row of beans (an experiment since it’s a month early for them, and a bed of broccoli. I’m curious to see if the broccoli seeds from 2009 will sprout. If they don’t, I have time to put plants in which is my usual method of growing broccoli.
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