I can hardly believe that it is time for gardening (and by gardening, I mean vegetable gardening, because of course you can do chores in the garden nearly all year). Two weeks ago, we had snow on the ground. But, this week has been the perfect spring weather that gets you out in the garden to put those first seeds in. We planted peas, radishes, lettuce, kale, mizuna, and spinach. And, by we, I mean Hythe and I. No one else wanted to get into the garden yet, and Hythe loved it.
Not many pictures so show yet as there is not much to see. One quarter of the garden is soil with a little garlic growing, but seeded with the above veggies. Three quarters needs to be tilled before I can plant anything else. Potatoes will go in in April. Beans, corn, squash, etc. wlll go in around the end of April or early May.
I am getting excited about the coming vegetable garden and “fruits of the labor”.
Other chores to get to this month: pruning blueberries, planting raspberries, planting asparagus (and getting the bed ready for them first).
Are you in the garden yet? What’s on your list of garden chores?
My love of gardening started with my grandfather, who farmed, and had a deep appreciation (boarder line obsession) for fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers–the last two especially on bread with mayo, salt and pepper. It also came from my dad (step father) who gardened during my girlhood in the back of our lot. He grew many vegetables, mostly cool season crops like lettuce and spinach, though some of which I’d never seen or heard of (kolrabi, for one). And, he never made us work in the garden, which may be why I enjoyed it. I watched what he did, appreciated the fresh produce that joined the dinner table, and those experiences gave me confidence to garden just about anywhere I lived after I left home.
This week, I got in the tomatoes, squash, and peppers, I transplanted into the cut flower garden, and did some garden bed weeding and clearing. We’ve got tiny green strawberries, and the peas (that did not get eaten by the rabbits) are blooming.
I am harvesting wonderful lettuces, pea shoots, and radishes. We can harvest the green (walking) onions, but they are starting to set seed, so I thought I’d let them go for it, and only harvest the few onions that we need. All the potatoes are up (I am very excited about that). Also, two rows of beans! I will start a new sowing this week. The popcorn and sweet corn are intermittently coming up. William hoed the new garden, only realizing half-way through that he was hoeing up the sweet corn seedlings. Might need to replant.
Also, am loving all the blooms.