glorious day in the garden

Even though the severe lack of rain this winter is probably leading to the worst drought year in California history, it’s still hard not to enjoy a beautiful summer-like weekend in March. I spent the entire day in the garden today–weeding, seeding and readying things for the big spring planting. I focused mainly on my herb garden–pulling out gone-to-seed cilantro, transplanting chives and mint and sowing some basil, parsley and marjoram.

I would have liked to start working my main vegetable garden (turning over and amending the soil) but unfortunately it’s still covered in the experimental winter wheat crop I planted back in October. I’m actually starting to get a bit annoyed by the wheat now because I have no idea when it’s going to be ready to harvest. I know what to look for in terms of it being ready (turning from green to yellow and with the grain hard but dent-able by thumbnail); I just don’t know how much longer it’s going to take before that happens. I’ve started to worry it’s going to seriously delay the crops which I care so much more about (tomatoes, zucchini, etc.)

Happily today I noticed a few of the plants starting to yellow! Hooray! Of course I still have no idea how long it still has to go, but at least there are signs of progress. I suppose the worst case scenario would be cutting it all before it’s actually ready and just using the stalks for green manure or drying them for nesting material for the chickens. Kind of an ignoble end after six months of growing, but at least it wouldn’t be a total waste. For now though I’m just watching and waiting…

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