Spring arrives this Sunday at 11:33 am with the vernal equinox.Hopefully the weather will settle down and we can grow some plants in those early gardens.
Let me remind you that there is no difference in the size of your garden.It can be a commercial garden, or a few tomato plants or barrels of herbs.Everything can benefit from using good gardening methods and simply enhancing those methods by planting in the appropriate moon phases and zodiac signs.
With everything going on in our world – including but not limited to: Covid-19 and the chaos in Russia and Ukraine that’s driving up fuel prices – what better time to stay home and grow, grow your own, and eat Healthier?… The real and social benefits have always been there.
I’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of early gardens.Elsewhere you see phases and signs for this week and beyond, the moon just entered its dark phase on Friday and will stay there for the rest of the month.This is more beneficial for early gardens as we grow a lot of root crops that are produced in the ground.
Personally, I’ve never liked extensive early gardens other than a few salad greens and radishes.There are many people who like to start early and I applaud your dedication.
One of my colleagues at Your Hometown Newspaper, Ron Herron, usually shoots in the early gardens.He and his late wife, Brenda, were excellent year-round gardeners.
One challenge with spring gardens is wet soil, unfortunately wanting to start planting when it’s still too wet to plant.Please, don’t plant if the soil you’ve prepared doesn’t pass the simple “clump test.”Test: Take a handful of dirt and squeeze it.If it crumbles in your hands, then it’s dry enough to plant, but if it clumps, wait until another day.
Worth saying, because I’m going all season: don’t plant if the ground is wet.You will pay dearly for it.
Here are the plants that can now be grown and moved to early April in Kentucky’s “Home Vegetable Gardening,” published by the University of Kentucky Extension Service and the British Agricultural College.It is available online or at your local extension office.
This list includes all the vegetables recommended for early gardens and the dates you can plant them, knowing that this is a really good opportunity – almost certainly, in fact – we’ll have more frosts, maybe freezes, because They can withstand all but the harshest conditions.
We need to be patient when planting our hot weather lovers.At least six to seven weeks away, based on the statistical last date of frost.
Now: spinach, radishes, peas, snow peas, onion groups, kale, turnips, rhubarb crowns, kohlrabi, turnips, asparagus, beets, Irish potatoes, onion seeds, parsley, and parsnips.
March 25 and beyond: cabbage, leaf lettuce, head lettuce plants, bib lettuce plants, and onion plants.
We also need to be prepared in Kentucky to lose all of our early gardens, even those plants that prefer cooler weather and soil temperatures.Those veggies can only take so much before the extreme cold.
Remember the unprecedented freeze in May a few years ago?These are rare, but not impossible.
If your land is ready and you want to continue, your efforts can pay huge dividends from early vegetables in the garden.Grow plants from the list elsewhere here, as these do like cooler air and dirt – prefer it, in fact.When the hot summer days arrive, you can expect them to taper off.Then we’ll discuss some of them again in the Fall Garden.
Of course, you can grow in a covered bed – but that’s another story, and I’ll be asking my PBTS partner and gardening expert Wes Henry.Wes makes the garden usable almost all year round!
It’s been a long time since we’ve made changes for so many days in a row, and I barely mention it.In this month that has/is presenting us with the real challenge of seeding and early planting, March 22-30 provides 9 perfect days for the moon to change during the dark phase and the body to appear beyond any “function” Signs,” especially Sagittarius/thighs to Pisces/feet.
This is the perfect day to quit smoking or use other products that are bad for us, start a diet or exercise program, wean a small animal or child, castrate a farm animal, schedule elective surgery—anything that needs to change.Make a plan, it’s your day!
If you’re dumping gravel on your farm driveway or road, Thursday, March 17 is the last day of the Moonlight Rule.If you can’t do it, then I suggest you wait until the new moon/light moon return on April 1st at 2:24AM.The same goes for stones on garden paths: place them when the moon is in light, so they don’t sink.If you’re setting up a fence post, do it during the light phase of the moon so that the post doesn’t sink.
Post time: Mar-18-2022