First day of Spring arrived in splendid fashion. Big full moon last night, clear skies today & it's starting to feel warm & looks like it's drying out (there's probably rain in the forecast now...)
I couldn't hold back any longer & started getting the veggie beds ready for true planting.
Since I'm trying a 'new method' of gardening this year (the 'no-dig' method) I layered up my amendments. I sprinkled on some lime and then some alfalfa pellets. Realizing that the alfalfa pellets smell JUST LIKE DEER FOOD, I then put on a layer of steer manure & since that wasn't enough, I emptied my 2 totes of compost - pushing it through a screen first.
After I was finished with this project, I realized I had neglected to test my soil's pH - which I had wanted to do with a simple little kit I was given. (The 'giver' wasn't too impressed with the test kit, indicating it didn't work very well, so this was going to be a fun little experiment for me...forgot to do it!) But, I have another couple of beds that haven't been readied, so I will give it a shot with them. I already have a feeling that the results will indicate that the soil is too acidic - one bed is for potatoes this year, so that is right where it should be, and the other is a new bed from last year that didn't produce well. Can't wait to see what the kit shows.