I love this time of year. I feel confident this year. I now have many years of experience and knowledge, I've been building my soil for a few years now, and I know the common pests and diseases in this little patch of earth I work. My expectations are high.
I'm trying fava beans and chick peas for the first time. The fruit trees and strawberries are flowering, and with 10 or so cloves of garlic left in my kitchen, the new garlic is coming up strong.
I did a little bit of proactive pest management. I covered the radishes with a row cover to keep the flea beetles off, so they don't eat those first baby leaves right down. And the lettuce and emerging peas tend to get pecked at by birds and nibble at by bunnies, so some bird netting held up by bend wire in the ground seems to be working so far (this is a second attempt at peas as the first batch did get pecked down).
I am most excited about the raspberries that are coming up so strong. I had a fantasy a few summers ago of lying between rows of raspberries with Cyrus, so last summer I added another row of Caroline raspberries. We'll be lying in their shade in no time.