Last Saturday I made ready a place for my taters. I double dug a twenty foot row and added some nice rich organic compost. I’m not going to plant the tubers just yet, though.
This year I want to see what superstition and folklore have to offer. I’m curious about moon planting. They say you should plant root crops during the waning moon. The full moon was last night, so I’m free to plant my taters any time in the next two weeks.
But there is another piece of folklore that plays into my planting schedule: Pagan ritual wrapped in Christian tradition. Eostre was a pagan moon festival that celebrated nature’s rebirth in Spring, upon which was superimposed the Christian holiday of Easter. Through the years this moon ritual has quietly survived in the tradition of planting potatoes on Good Friday. Conveniently enough, this Friday is Good Friday and my Yukon Golds will go subterranean.
I took some pictures this morning: the garden and the pea.
On second thought, I may keep my garden plans to myself a little while longer, but my general ideas are: more raised beds, a new fence, new compost bins, kohlrabi, and a custom watering system.
That’s right, a custom watering system.
I always wished they sold short lengths of drip hose that I could use instead of the 50-footer that I’ve been using. I only want to water my crops, not my footpaths. I end up wasting a lot of water.
So my idea was to have a series of short drip hoses connected with short non-drip hoses, thereby creating a custom watering system. One day at the garden store I saw that they did in fact sell these short piece of hose, but they were expensive.
This year I’m going to cut up the old hoses to the lengths I need and use those hose end repair kits—the little hose repair ends. Not sure if it’s going to work, but I’m going to try it.
They say that your best garden is always next year’s garden. Well, it’s early enough in the season that I can say with confidence that this year’s garden is going to be my best—or at least my best so far.
I have no excuse now not to have a great garden, what with this new job at Organic Gardening and all. I have vast catalogs of incredible gardening know-how at my fingertips. I have a wealth of experts and enthusiasts all around me. Yes, indeed, this year I have to crank it up a notch or two.
Now I’m not saying that previous years’ gardens were terrible. Something good has always come out my garden. All I’m saying is that this year is going to be great.
How exactly? Do you really want to hear about it? There is a part of me that’s reluctant to describe my big plans. What’s that joke? Q: How do you make God laugh? A: Have a plan. I’m not always sure what that joke means, but judging from things I’ve read and observations I’ve made, I’d be willing to wager that God likes gardens, so it may indeed be safe to disclose my big garden plans for this year.