Garden Season is On!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day yesterday. There was a slight breeze but the temperature was in the 70’s and it was very sunny. It was the perfect day to really get to work on my neglected garden. I’d cleaned up a bit in fall and we’d finished clearing out earlier the spring but I was late on getting some early crops in the ground. But with the weather today it was definite. Garden season is on!

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My son came over to till the soil, as he does every spring. It took him two days but while he was finishing the last little bit I was able to get to the south side of the garden to start planting. This year I decided I was going to skip a lot of the crop markers; a move I may regret later. I do have the whole garden layout on an Excel sheet so I shouldn’t “lose” crops entirely.

Before my son even made it to my house I’d planted Baby Finger carrots and Chantaney Red carrots. While he was touching up a couple of areas he wasn’t pleased with I got seeds in for my red and green cabbage. I was delighted to find a nice patch of clover to transplant to the middle of the cabbage bed. Clover is great for keeping cabbage safe from various insects. I’ll also plant Calendula when I’m sure that there’s no risk of frost.

After the cabbage went in I laid out the area I’ll put onion sets in. The onions should really already be in the ground but I’ve been, as I mentioned, behind on planting. I also got the lettuce bed ready. Tomorrow, Monday, is the day for arugula, spinach, red and green romaine, and crisp head lettuce to be sown. I’ll also toss some borage seeds near the strawberries and behind where the tomatoes will be planted.

English peas were next on my list of seeds to get in the ground. I only planted one 8 foot row for now but a second and possibly a third row will go in as soon as the first row shows their heads. Pole beans will have to wait until there’s no danger of a late frost. I’m going to add sugar snap peas on Monday, as well. We like them and our grand kids love them.

I’ll also plant zucchini, pickling cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, and jalapeño peppers. If I can find a spot I want to plant yellow squash and eggplant again, too. And, of course, the herbs will be companion planted with the crops they most benefit.

This was a long, physically difficult day and I couldn’t be happier! I’m using my walker instead of just a cane this evening and showering is going to be a challenge yet I’ll go to sleep with a big smile on my face. Gardening has begun and life is great!

What are you planting this season?

Monday update:

Well, the weather is supposed to throw a huge monkey wrench into my plans for today. The forecast went from possible rain to “Holy cow, the storms are going to be EPIC!” My poor little seeds that are sown at only 1/4 inch may be in real trouble. The peas should be okay. They’re at a depth of 2 inches. If they wash away I’ll have bigger problems than the garden. I don’t have a clue how to build an ark!

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