On Friday, temperatures reached 60˚F/15˚C! I took full advantage of the unusually warm weather we are experiencing. We ran some errands in the morning and picked up some compost to add to the Square Foot Garden (SFG) beds and the 2x6 boards for the 3 new 4x4 SFG. As I walked into one of the big box stores, I was confronted by a display of summer bulbs, fruits, and onion sets. I couldn’t resist and picked up these:
I am growing Copra and Patterson storage onions and White Lisbon bunching onions from seed. But couldn’t resist picking up some Red Baron onion sets too. Not sure where I am going to plant all these onions. I am not sure where I’ll plant the strawberries yet either. Maybe in pots. Maybe since I am building more SFGs anyway, I can build another one for the strawberries in another part of the yard….hmmmm. So much for careful planning.
Upon our return from shopping, I immediately walked to the garden and began stirring up the soil in the SFGs:
I added some Espoma Plant-tone and the new compost and mixed it in really well. This is my second year with SFGs and I was wonderfully impressed with the quality of the soil:
Temperature of the soil was similar to the air temperature:
This is the spinach that has overwintered:
Also in this SFG I found some garlic from last year sprouting among the overwintered spinach. I thought I harvested all the small garlic last fall before planting out the spinach but I guess I missed a few. These are really small, less than 1/2-inches wide. I ended up pulling them since I have larger garlic planted in a separate SFG and I have plans for these squares. They won’t go to waste though as they will be used in cooking:
Speaking of garlic. I am pleased to see the fall planted garlic also poking up through the mulch in its own SFG:
I will be adding some pvc hoops and plastic for cold protection later this weekend to the SFG with the overwintered spinach. I am going to start planting out some early spring crops. The first will be some more spinach that I have begun hardening off:
It is difficult not to be tricked by this unnaturally warm weather.
Temps are supposed to be in the 60s again today. However, next week the temps are supposed to drop to more seasonable levels. But for now I am going to take advantage of the warm weather and do more gardening this weekend.