Last year, we had a series of 80 degree days in March. This year, we’ve had snow, sleet, freezing rain, regular rain, and mud. It’s freaking cold, and it’s also depressingly grey.
St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and I did not get the peas or potatoes in. Why? Three reasons:
1. I spent most of the weekend talking about gardening at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show and the Indy Winter Farmers Market.
2. I just took down my rye cover crop last week. Rye can inhibit germination of newly planted seeds, so I’m giving it another week before I plant in beds that had the rye.
3. The soil’s still a bit too cold. For peas and potatoes, the soil temperature should be at least 40 degrees; 45 degrees is better. Mine’s still just a bit colder than that.
What do you mean, how do I know? I stuck a meat thermometer in the dirt. Don’t judge me; I washed it off after.
I’ll get these Irish-y crops in the ground next weekend, provided we don’t have yet another March snowstorm.
In the meantime, enjoy this completely unrelated picture of pansies filling the back of the truck last year: