Well, I didn’t get my peas in by President’s Day… but  I was damn close! I woke up to a sliver of sunshine outside, stuffed seed packets in my pockets, and made today the first planting day for our new garden. I decided to let my never-ending to-do list just wait while I got some dirt under my nails.

The recent winter rains have really helped the new garden bed mulch layers settle.  To prep for seed planting,I tossed the large bed up with a pitch fork like I was a hand mixer for the soil. The chicken poop, straw, leaves and soil are starting to become one. They should be much more broken down when my larger spring goes in a month from now.

This morning I just planted peas along the (ugly) chain-link fence that edges one side of my garden plot. It’s essentially a built in trellis I can  make useful and prettier with peas and beans. I’m already dreaming of savory pea soups and crispy stir-fry.

In the mean time, still more cold days ahead and even snow in the forecast. I keep snipping kale, chard and spinach from the Urban Farm to get me through these last cold weeks of winter.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson