Friday, March 30, on the day before the full moon, I planted 32 sugar snap peas in the garden bed that I created last fall. It seems early, but the ground was workable, and I set up the string trellis for them to climb, and re-attached the rain barrels near the back of the garage to make it easy to water them. (And today it is raining!) We’ll see how they do. I will plant more a couple weeks later so that we get peas ripening in stages. And we’ll add lettuce and carrots and spinach which like to grow with peas, and maybe other things too. Last year I focused on perennials, but this will be an annual bed.
We noticed last spring that this area was free of snow before other parts of the yard, and got some good sun. In permaculture, observation always comes first! So we put this spot into our plan for a veggie bed. Then, as I was starting to dig out the pond late last summer, I needed to put that top soil somewhere. So I laid down cardboard over the grass in this spot, and then added layers of soil with compost and grass clippings and other amendments to create a raised bed. There is still a long ways to go before the pond will be done–who knows how many more raised beds it will inspire?
By the way, that long black hose you can see in the photo is an overflow from the rain barrels, and eventually will be attached to another length of hose to be the water source for our pond.