Early Spring in The Garden

There’s a lot going on in the spring before the warm season crops are planted in the garden.

The autumn planted garlic is doing great! All but 4 or 5 of the 150 planted are growing. I planted 100 from last year’s stock and for insurance, 50 from the previous year’s stock. I’ll tell the story of The Great Garlic Debacle in a later post. Suffice it to say that my worries were unfounded. The upside is I learned some things about garlic and have tons of bulbs to share.

We had a short stretch of nice weather in mid-March, I rushed the season and direct sowed some cool crop seeds in the garden, hoping spring has finally sprung. Nothing happened, the soil was still too cold. This week, I noticed some sprouts in straight rows among the sprouted weeds. Nature does what she wants when she’s good and ready. We now have mixed kale, mixed lettuces and spinach, along with the lettuce, spinach and kale leftover from last autumn that started growing again.

This year's garlic and last year's kale.

This year’s garlic and last year’s kale.

I moved the pepper and tomato seedlings to the greenhouse to acclimate to the brighter sunlight and cooler temps. Right now, they only get very late afternoon light and early morning light. I will increase the time in the sun over a few days time before transplanting to larger containers. I’ll start 2 more flats under the lights with flowers and quicker growing vegetables like cukes, zukes and green beans.

Tomatoes hanging in the greenhouse, waiting for bigger pots.

Tomatoes hanging out in the greenhouse, waiting for bigger pots.

We planted 270 onion transplants in 2 beds. Everyday, I have to replant a few as the robins pick through looking for worms. I had about 70 plants left from the 5 units I bought, so I found new homes for them through my local freecycle.

Freecycle has become a really great way for me to share seeds, plants and gardening information. If you’re unfamiliar with Freecycle, it’s a internet community network designed to keep unwanted but usable household stuff out of landfills. It’s free to join and the only stipulation is that the stuff is given freely. Visit their site for more information or to join your local group.

There are still beds to clear of weeds, but that can wait a bit longer. The daffodils are blooming and they last such a short time.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dana on April 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Great Post – makes me motivated and confident to try new planting


  2. Posted by meowie on April 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    thanx for reminding me of freecycle!


  3. So you start your cukes and beans indoors? I always direct sow mine. Yours don’t get leggy?


  4. Posted by susan quinn on April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

    the tomato plants looks so healthy…I planted mine late and most only have two leaves and I am already trying to get them used to the cold. (yes, I know, its too early, but hey, tomatoes are hardy things u know…lol)


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