Yesterday I still couldn't stand up without getting dizzy and I couldn't eat much except a little toast and applesauce. I think I'll call it Montazuma's Diet now since I'm losing weight without wanting to eat more. Yesterday I didn't really feel bad except for my symptoms. You know how sometimes you just feel sick, with or without symptoms? Well I didn't feel sick yesterday. I just couldn't stand up for long. I felt like going for a walk or a bike ride. Not that I was leaving my trusty bathroom for that long. But the garden was a great place to be. And the weather has been so nice with highs of 79F for the last three days. Just so you know we are usually about 30F lower this time of year.
The day started with my transplanting the lettuce. I had already prepared the bed yesterday when I planted the carrots so it was pretty easy. The lettuce was volunteer lettuce that had overwintered. I have no clue if it will be any good or not, but there was no harm in moving the lettuce from the paths to the lettuce bed.
Then I tackled the onions. First I had to prepare the soil. This bed was to be just an allium bed this year. I had planted garlic in there in the fall. I used up about 5' of the 16'x4' bed. So I had 11' to loosen up and fertilize. I went back in to rest a couple times during. I never could have done this if it were my old garden with heavy clay soil, but this garden is so light and fluffy. The work is easy.
Then I marked out the rows with a stick. I have a 3' bamboo pole that is marked on one side with 6" markings in one color and 3" markings in another. On the other side it is 4" markings. I use the pole to measure and make impressions in the soil. I made each row 6" apart and put the plants 6" apart in rows in a triangular pattern. Above you see how I plant. I take two fingers and pull the soil away. It makes the perfect hole to drop in the soil block.
This is the bed partly finished. I planted 167 onions. Though I found out afterwards that I mixed up some of the Ailsa Craig and Redwing Onions. Once they grow more I'll be able to tell them apart because the Redwings are, as you might guess, red.
I was exhausted after this and took a long rest. Then I figured I'd better plant my radishes. While I was hunting for the seed I noticed my fava beans. Oops! I should have planted those ages ago when I planted my peas in February. So I went out and prepared the fava bed. Which was way more work than expected. This is where the overwintered carrots were. I had to harvest and wash them all.
Just for future reference, Mokums don't overwinter well. Purple Haze were the best at over wintering and SugarSnax were good overwinterers. Also I noticed that the carrot fly damage didn't seem to affect how well the carrots survived. Nice to know since carrot flies can be annoying.
Once the carrots were out, I fertilized and prepped the fava bed. Then I planted. Last year I put the seeds on a six inch spacing. I thought this was too close. They seemed to want to branch out but didn't really have room. So this year I used 9" rows with 8" between plants. Which might be too much, but I'll find out. I only put one seed in each spot. I hope I won't regret that. With 6" spacing it is OK when a couple don't come up, but not as much with the larger spacing.
I don't have a lot of time to plant radishes today. Saturday is my husband's birthday party and we throw a party that starts at 1 and goes to 11. So today I clean. If the house is clean and I still have time I'll go out and plant them.