In this week of Hour-A-Day Gardening . . .
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Finally, Dry Conditions
I am sure I’ll regret this when we are in the increasingly common drought conditions later in the summer, but we had drier conditions, letting me get more work done.
This week, I was able to get the early transplants out: cabbage, spinach, kale, bok choi, etc.
My onion seeds largely failed, as usual. I need advice on a good way to grow them! Let me know if you have a sure-fire method. I got 3 lb of sets from a local greenhouse and planted out 150 yellow and 50 red onions at 6 in spacing (6 in between plants, 6 in between rows).
Currant and Raspberry Pruning
I had a free afternoon, and was able to prune currant and raspberry patches. Our currants are being traind into a living fence. Two years ago, I planted cuttings at 3-ft intervals along fence lines. This year I pruned and wove the canes into one another. Over time, the branches will grow into one another and form a solid wall. Maybe we can even get rid of the metal fence some day.
I should have trimmed the raspberries last year, but time got away from me. This week, I just cut out last-year’s canes and all but one or two fresh canes. I train the canes onto a single-wire trellis and trim the side branches to about 2 ft long, creating an easier-to-harvest shape. Also, it allows more air flow, which helps keep down maladies.
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Here’s the breakdown day by day. This week, I worked 6:45 again, bringing my total to 54 minutes a day. I’ll likely get over an hour a day by the end of May and then things slow down.