It has been such a beautiful week that I keep going out every day and working for an hour or two. Some years I feel like I have to get it done right away, but I just don't feel the rush this year. It could be the weather forecast. The next three days are forecasted to be in the mid 50Fs and Monday in the 60s before we get a cool down. I want to be out everyday. I know mid 50s are close to normal this time of the year, but since planting has been late this year because of all the snow, the weather feels better than average. I'm doing this at the end of March instead of mid March. You might think this would make me want to rush it all the more, but last year I did a succession of pea planting and found that peas planted three weeks late end up producing only one week later than the early ones. I'm also getting older. Doing things in small batches means no aches and pains at all. I like that.
Yesterday's chore was to prepare two beds. Both were aerated (with a garden fork as I don't have a broadfork) and fertilized. One bed was the fava beans. One year planted these 6" apart and I thought it didn't give the favas a lot of chance to develop. So now I'm planting them 9" apart. I keep wondering if 8" is better. Once I had them laid out in a grid I pushed the seeds down about 1 1/2". As you can see I only plant one bean at a spot. I know a couple won't come up. If I'm smart when I see the first one starting to push up the soil, I should presprout a couple more seeds to replace the ones that don't come up. I've never done that before, but it would be useful.
The other bed I prepared was the Asian greens bed. I think of it like that but this year it is going to have kohlrabi too and maybe some lettuce. The very early Asian greens were hardened off and ready to plant. So these are the first transplants to go in. They were started on March 8th, so they only had three weeks to grow. I find most of my greens and brassicas only need that amount of time. I don't need huge transplants, and these particular ones are quick greens that mature in 40-49 days. Now that they are in the ground they can flourish.