The air is cool and gentle this evening, a relief after the bluster of this afternoon’s winds and the intensity of last night’s thunderstorm. The rains are still slowing our planting progress, but given the recent extreme weather in other parts of our country, I feel grateful for the relative temperateness of our Spring.
In between the raindrops, we’ve been busy. The potato bed finally dried out enough to plant this week and we’ve done second plantings of lettuce, spinach, turnips, beets, and peas as well. The head lettuce is sizing up nicely and the red bulbs of baby radishes are beginning to peep above the ground.
Many thanks to Leroy Johnson, John and Carolyn Buskirk, and the delightfully tall Bryan Palmer for helping us build our hoophouse this past week. During our three days of construction, we discovered that:
1) given the right brace, you can bend 1 3/8 inch chain link fence rails by brute force alone,
2) our behind-the-house garden plot is not nearly as level as we thought it was,
and 3) though it is true that the parachute cord needed for strapping down the hoophouse plastic will not be damaged by rain, the same cannot be said of the cardboard spool upon which 1000 feet of it comes wound!