I have about 5 minutes before I have to get my butt out the door to teach my first day of May term ornithology, but I just wanted to pop in and say that I do, officially, have a case of the Mondays.
I can admit it. The coffee is (slowly) helping though.
Yesterday was one of the first real spring days here, so I took advantage and spent some time outside prepping my garden. Cutting stuff, bagging stuff, raking stuff, etc.
Unfortunately, most of my backyard is under standing water…
…or even snow in some parts….
so I couldn’t do too much (oh, darn), but I was able to uncover some green stuff!
Check out the little peonies poking out!
My main goal for the day was prepping my vegetable garden, the soil in particular. Turns out it was still really soggy, so not really ideal conditions for raking.
Instead, I tested the soil for pH, Nitrogen, Phosporus, and Potassium. A cheap $6.50 kit made me feel like a real scientist and a real gardener.
And not just because real gardeners test their soil, and ammend appropriately, something I’ve never done in my 5 plus years of gardening, but also because this:
If you can’t see the color-coded results of the four tests, allow me to enlighten you: The soil is hella alkaline, “very low” in potassium and phosphohorus, and Nitrogen is essentially non-existent.
Translation: There’s no food for my plants AND the soil is killing them.
Translation #2: The fact that my garden SUCKED the big one last summer wasn’t my fault at all! I love it when my failures can be blamed on something other than my own shortcomings.
If you garden, have you ever tested your soil? If not…..um…..why don’t you garden?!!? Gardening is the colest!
Do you have a case of the Mondays?