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early garden

Lots of garden work today.  Soil's prepped and amended in the raised beds, and I made progress on prepping the wide rows as well.  With the relative lack of snow this winter, it took less time for the ground to dry out this spring.

Soil temp was 42-44 degrees this afternoon, and the forecast looks warm for the foreseeable future.  That's good enough for spinach, beets, chard, carrots, peas, onions, parsley, radishes, and turnips.  This is pretty early for planting anything in the garden, but I might as well give it a shot.  If I feel particularly lucky, I'll plant a few seeds for kale, mustard greens, and fava beans; they need at least a 50-degree soil to germinate, but it doesn't look like it will take long to get there.

I unearthed one garden toad, a young one.  I always feel bad when I disturb them, but it's nice to know the garden has a healthy toad population.

Still work to be done before planting:  locking down the crop rotation, writing up all the labels, etc.  And I still need to do the taxes, and I have to give a presentation at work on Monday, and write up a fairly detailed scenario list for someone (and the list keeps getting more complex the more I look into things).  But it's good to dig in the yard - I did not think about family troubles the entire time.

I also hope to get started on installing the drip irrigation tomorrow.  A convenient means of providing regular water should make a big difference in the garden. 

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