Well, the Demonstration Garden, or at least the new Annex, took a major hit this month. The company that had agreed to donate a beautiful greenhouse changed their mind. We still want a greenhouse, but we are back to the drawing board for now. We'll let you know what we come up with.
The grounds of the garden are under snow as I write, but above freezing temperatures will change that soon. The predicted rain will keep us from working on the paths until the ground dries out. Our first class at the Annex will be Saturday, March 10th, at 10am on Building Raised Beds. It is open to the public, but send a note to DemoGardenNews@gmail.com if you're coming. We'll build the first few raised vegetable beds at the Annex. Since one of the reasons for expanding the garden was to be able to offer classes, this will be an important milestone. (or maybe inch-pebble).
The original Demonstration Garden is beginning to wake up. Compost has been added to a number of the raised beds there, and soils samples taken from about a third of the beds to check whether amendments are needed. Trellises are going up (peas soon!) and the blueberries have been pruned. The earliest blueberries are already past bud-break. Inside the greenhouse, many hundreds of seeds have been started, and the earliest ones already moved to larger pots with a bit of fertilizer to help them along. It is an early spring, so far. In mid-February the soil temperatures were at 50 degrees. Historically they would be in the very low 40s. Of course, Mother Nature may have a surprise of two up her sleeves (hmmm. I always pictured her in a sleeveless dress!), but we'll do our best to handle whatever comes.