s week of Hour-A-Day Gardening . . .
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It Is Too Hot
It hit 90 deg. F this week and was in the 80s for much of the week. To be clear, this is the second week of May! I am already regretting my complaints about cool, wet weather. It is, however, conducive to working outside, and the deep mulch helped keep my plants watered and the soil cooler.
If you look closely at the two images, you’ll see green between the rows in the first one, and brown in the second. By planting my wheat in 8-in rows, I can easily weed between them. This kills nutrient- and moisture-robbing weeds and helps my wheat harvest later in the season.
Each spring I lay out the hoses and water lines to the sprinklers. I also built an outdoor prep sink for cleaning vegetables using scrap materials and a salvaged sink. With the hot weather, we already had to start watering emerging sprouts.
Weeds are already emerging
The honeymoon period is over. Weeds have begun to emerge, so I begin the never-ending task. The heavy mulch does weaken the weeds, as they have to push through the extra covering.
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Here’s the breakdown day by day. This week, I worked 10:30, maintaining my average of 55 minutes a day. I’ll likely get over an hour a day by the end of May and then things slow down.