So this year the project is to turn the soil in the no-dig beds so I can plant right in the ground. That was the process I started this weekend. The cardboard had completely broken down and the leaves and compost yielded a nice "crop" of earthworms. I know that earthworms are not native but in a pretty down-to-earth activity like vegetable gardening having a few exotic helpers is very welcome.
The one bed I have worked on so far is devoted to leeks. First I dug wide trenches. I added manure and then gently pressed the seedlings into the bottom of the trench. As the season progresses I pull soil down into the trenches to blanch the leeks. I'm hoping all the hoeing to hill the leeks up will help keep the weeds down. I tried transplanting about two thirds of what I've been growing in flats in the porch. They look a little flimsy - or maybe very courageous.
|The first transplanting of leeks|