My little plot of land.

My little plot of land.

Here it is, everyone. My little plot of land. It doesn’t look like much, does it?  It’s only March here, and temperatures went down into the single digits last night, so it’s hard to envision what this piece of land will look like in a few months.  We have a piece of land that measures about 15 by 60 feet that is sunny, flat, and evidently fertile.  We’re told that a garden once sat on this very same site, so that’s reassuring.  

There also is another 15 by 20 feet available behind the garage and tree in the photo that could be used to grow vegetables needing less sunshine, such as the spinach crop I have planned.  We will have to dig that site right away, as the seed can be sown on frozen soil for early harvest.  What will grow there later in the season I haven’t yet figured out.

Today, the temperatures are above 40 degrees, and it is quite bright and sunny.  So I have returned my previously planted flats to the sun porch, and I planted another today:  leeks.  Again, one flat of 50 cells.  It is not supposed to dip below freezing this weekend, so I won’t have to move the flats in and out, which makes me very happy.  I need to find someone who can tell me how much cold my sprouting seeds and seedlings can tolerate overnight in their enclosed but unheated space.  

We are expecting sunny days in the 50s over the weekend, and my sons and I will be starting to dig.  The spinach patch will be our first priority, so that we can get the seed in right away.  We’ve purchased a bag of peat moss to mix into the soil for the spinach patch.  I have no experience with this, and I don’t know how many bags of peat I will need in total for the entire garden.  I’ve decided to buy one bag at a time.  The first bag, purchased at a garden center about one mile from our house, was $8.99.  It’s very heavy, so I expect it has been compressed a great deal, given that — in my experience, at least — peat moss is not particularly dense.  It may be also that in time I’ll find a better price.  

I just did a soil test with a little kit that I purchased at the same garden center for $1.19.  It turns out that our soil is very alkaline — I’m guessing close to pH 8.0.  As I said in my last post, we have ten large trees on our property, and as best as I can tell now (given that they have no leaves at present), I believe they are all oak trees.  So the alkaline soil is to be expected.  Tonight I’ll be researching my options on how to get that pH down between 6.0 and 7.0, which evidently is where most vegetables like their dirt.