We are going on the fourth day of glorious April warm weather, with yesterday hitting 79 degrees, a record for this area of New York, with a wonderful balmy, humid wind, exactly the stage of muggy I like. (Although I like all muggy weather in general, for which I am told I am strange.)
I have been turning over beds in the main garden with the fork and the soil is soft and easily worked. The buried compost areas are ready to plant and although my worm count in general is good, in these areas the count is super high.
My bag of potatoes was sprouting so I planted a row in the garden, in a ditch covered with old straw and some soil. I felt so good after doing that I planted a row of Swiss chard seeds and found that there was a use for the dried sunflower stalks after all. They make perfect marker stakes, being thick and strong. Since the sunflowers were about nine feet tall last year, there is abundant material for stakes. I even used a few of the shorter ones intact and stuck them in the ground for beans or peas.
My March-planted optimistic spinach seeds have not sprouted under the plastic, which I removed, so either the ground was still too cold for germination or they had not survived. I will give those two rows some time to decide which it is. The only way to test the limits of frost is experimentation.
I also planted three types of lettuce in the old metal tub container on the deck off the south side of the house. It is warm and protected and maybe I can get some optimistic lettuce.
The peepers and other frogs and toads have been a very loud chorus over these last nights, a wonderful way to go to sleep for me. The peacocks’ door has been open and they are free to go in and out of their yard as they choose, so they are very glad of this warm spell.
The wind dries clothes quickly on the line and they smell really good. The sunshine makes everyone feel better.