To that end, a load of mulch has been delivered, soon to be spread strategically to impede weed growth and preserve soil moisture for thirsty roots.
We’ve trimmed berry bushes, grapevines and fruit trees to promote air flow and check unrestrained growth.
We’ve sprayed plant-based horticultural oil on dormant trees and shrubs to control pests and disease.
We’ve planted snap peas and shell peas, beets and parsnips; and transplanted lettuce, pansies and onions — to launch the produce season and to fight weeds.
Plus, since so much of what we grow must wait until late May to be transplanted — tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash, even most beans — we’ve broadcast seeded several varieties of radishes to fill the space until conditions are right. Hundreds of daikon, cherry belle, sparkler white tip, purple plum, watermelon and French breakfast radishes may be more than we can eat, but even if they get tilled in as “green fertilizer” it’ll take less effort than hoeing and pulling weeds!