We Are Finally Ready Here in the Berkshires

Well, we think that we are finally ready here in the Berkshires to safely put seeds in the ground, so today I opened the package from ETN. Alex and I were really impressed with the unexpected art of the packaging. (I should have known ETN would do nothing less than make the opening of that box a full-on art experience.) After admiring every part of the packaging I soaked the beans and Alex and I set out to prep the bed. We weeded and turned the soil. Then we added some beautiful compost that we have been making from our kitchen for the past 2 years. I planted seedling tomatoes and basil and then scattered arugula and salad mix seeds along the center pathway. Then it was time for the seeds which I first inoculated. We had a discussion about what inoculator is exactly and had some interesting ideas. Alex thought it might be a substance that wards off plant virus. I thought it might help in germinating. We later read the post on this website and thereby became inoculator-educated. I planted the now brown coated seeds 1-2" deep, 6" apart along the perimeter.  Later today or tomorrow I will put a  retractable fence all along the sides of our bed to prevent the deer and ground hogs from munching our garden, as that is sadly what happened last year. I shall post pictures of the fence early next week. 

More photos to follow...