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Gardening begins

Some people plant by the signs. Here at the abbey, we’re a little more mundane. We plant with the weather.

The 14-day forecast shows way above-average temperatures with above-average rainfall. That gets us into early March. With gardening, there always are risks. But today seemed like the time to get started with the early-spring, frost-tolerant crops.

As for the summer crops such as tomatoes, we’ve taken our seeds to our local horticulturist, and he’s starting our plants for us in his greenhouse.

The weather has been aggravating and fickle these past few years. But with any luck, we’ll soon have fresh salads from the garden.

The default soil here is red clay. So the garden soil has not always looked this delicious. It has taken eight years and tons of organic soil amendments to get it to this state. Our work on improving the soil continues each year.

Sophia enjoying the weather.

It’s too early for daffodils, but there they are.


  1. Dan wrote:

    How high is your elevation there?

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    About 1,000 feet. We are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we’re also in the Dan River valley, about 1.5 miles from the river.

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  3. Jo wrote:

    Nice picture of Sophia. My daughter and son-in-law have chickens on their small farm. I learned they love cabbage, so my “grand chickens” get this occasionally as a treat from me. They thank me in the form of eggs.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

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