Yep, that's me- a slacker! I can't believe a year has gone by and I've not posted! Terrible! My apologies for not being as diligent about this blog as I was my old one. Gardening in my new location has been a challenge, but one I expected (well not so new by now- going on 6 years!)
So the challenge- the soil. By far the soil has been the hardest- growing in a cold climate was a piece of cake (at least in winter) compared to the soil problem. I've been getting a handle on it slowly, but it is never ending and won't ever be either. I've purchased a lot of compost, that's for sure. Now I'm building up- or composting in place. I've managed to get some great resources locally for bunny poo, leaves, and compost and it's all coming together...slowly.
The mandala is coming along nicely. There is still a bit of the "bones" needing to be finished but that will take place this year.
I ended up growing more than I'd planned, even though by the time the growing season came along I was burned out- remember I'd started this project in the fall of 2013. I look forward to growing this year and my plans are to focus on fruit- berries, trees. And of course the perennial flowers and insect hotel.
I recently recovered the high tunnel and I plan on planting out some seedlings I started on the 26/27 of Jan. in a week or so. I've made some soil blocks today and I'll probably sow some spinach in multi-plants and Tat soi. Here is a post I did about multi-plants on my old blog- click me. I'm hoping the break in the night time temps will hold out- that's the only way they can safely go out.
My light set up is about to change- since finding out last year that they're no longer manufacturing T12s I've been trying to decide on a replacement- T8 or T5. There is a great discussion going on on my G+ community Gardening Under Cover if you want to add your thoughts- so far, even though the poll is saying more people are getting T5s, I'm leaning towards T8s. The reason? I think the T5s are overkill possibly. The G+ Discussion here.
My year is starting, and I look forward to it!