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18 February 2011

Cold Weather Crops

Believe it or not spring is here and it’s time to start on the garden.  You may already have started indoors.  I plant the cold weather crops like peas, spinach, lettuce, and radishes outdoors after St. Patrick's Day depending on the weather.  That is, only if I mixed in compost in the fall when the soil wasn’t saturated.  Turning in the compost in the spring when the soil has a lot of moisture is tricky.  If the soil is disturbed, it gets compacted and that’s exactly what you don’t want in your garden soil.  Wait for the soil to dry or simply plant your cold crops and compost after they are finished in the summer so your bed will be ready for the fall crop planting in August.  Compost again when those crops freeze.