Mid-April - the time of year when the boys come in all hot from outside, and start questioning their firewood chore ("Do we really need to fill the woodbox still? It's so warm now, surely we won't built a fire again until October!" - it's incredible how body temperature is sometimes directly correlated to chores), and although we still need to build a fire now and then, it's true that outdoors is far warmer than in the house, and more and more time is spent out in the garden, where nature is awakening.
It's a new gardening season, with some changes from the previous years:
- Mulching: this year I'm embracing it, starting right now. I'm procuring my own organic mulching material by cutting the spring grass now, well before it goes to seed, and spreading it in the garden freshly cut. I'm trying a little experiment: grass-mulching also where I've just sowed seeds, because mulching has multiple functions for me.
I mulch not only to conserve moisture and to reduce weed growth, but especially to discourage Ms Cat from using the softly turned garden soil as her litter box, which is something she's begun doing in her old age, and which besides all other considerations, upsets seed growth considerably. Spreading cut grass mixed with aromatic parsley (I have so much parsley this year!) seems to do the trick, and has been a great feline deterrent.
But would the seeds grow through the layer of grass? Well, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my peas, lettuce and radishes have sprouted nicely, while the weeds haven't (yet).
- Ping-pong: April is the time of year when the ping-pong table comes out of its winter storage in the barn, and this year we have a new player.
A seven-year-old someone who's finally tall enough to hit the ball, and dance around while doing it ... not the same style of play as her brothers, but a great improvement from her point of view.
- Knitting in the garden: a new spring-time project.
Happy beginning to a new gardening season to all!