We are quickly approaching that time of year. Yes, it's going to be seedling transplanting time very soon!
If you're a lunarly inclined grower, here are the May and June Full Moon Planting Dates:
Saturday, May 9, 2009, 4:03 a.m., The Budding Moon
Sunday, June 7, 2009, 6:13 p.m., The Strawberry Moon
I hope to be transplanting my seedling(s) on May 6th. Yes, that means I prepared my mound and growing area today. I wanted to take advantage of the cool 70 degree temperature in Huntington Beach, and the still reasonably moist soil conditions. I used 12 cubic feet of soil amendments, (4 cubic feet of Kellogg Garden Products Nitrohumus, 8 cubic feet of Kellogg Garden Products Amend, 10 pounds earthworm castings, a 5 pound box of Dr. Earth organic fertilizer for vegetables, and a bag of steer manure, after the dust had finally cleared. Fortunately, I was right about the soil still being moist. The Green Monster, an industrial-grade, 6.0' tall, 15 pound, trenching shovel, helped a lot in the clay. From the first bite of the shovel, to the mixing and amending of the soil, to wetting down the mound and closing the gate, it was 1 1/2 hours of hard labor. I even laid down a 3.0"-3.5" deep, 2-2.5' wide, 15' long, Amend path where the primary vine will eventually grow. I am so glad it's over! The Great Orange Hope Seeds of 2009 are soaking right now. One seed is from a daughter of the reigning world record, the 1,689 Jutras! It's all downhill from here. (But, I have a feeling tomorrow morning's going to hurt.)