With temperatures climbing into the 60s, we are taking every opportunity to do our house projects outside. In our eagerness, however, we have gotten a couple of weeks ahead of ourselves in the garden.
The average last frost day around these parts is May 10. So it will be at least another week before the garden stores are stocked with the tomatoes, beans, squash, and peppers we are planning to plant in our backyard. In the meantime, we started preparing the soil by adding manure and turning over the surface.
Our garden is just over 100 sq.ft. and it took four 40 pound bags of manure to put a thin layer over the whole area. (This in addition to the small amount–maybe 20 pounds–of homemade compost we added to the soil last fall.) A green-thumbed friend of ours says that the secret to a good garden is lots of manure. I think we could probably buy another four bags and repeat the process just for good measure.
So until we can plant our veggies in a couple weeks, we’ll just try to keep the garden free of weeds, pets and children.