May is a wonderful time of year. The ice has broken and the water is free. But most of all, the soil is soft enough for planting.
I dug down into the earth and found four inches of good planting soil before hitting the permafrost. That’s a good amount. Not enough for carrots or beets or potatoes, but there’s a way to fix that. All it takes is a double dip of dirt.
What I mean by that is I take the soil from one area and mound it up in another. I also take the dust from the winter fires and mix it in. There’s still some nitrogen in that dust and it helps to aerate the soil giving the root an easier chore of spreading out.
This year I have lettuce, carrots, beans, beets, cabbage, okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and peppers. One year I’m going to take a mighty risk and try some peanuts. I wager that if I build up soil enough with river sand and firewood dust, I might have a decent shot at it. Obviously, with the long growing season, I’m going to need a few cold frames, but I think it’ll be worth it if I get to make my own peanut butter. That would be nice.