And so it begins….

DSCN9408 DSCN9385 DSCN9411 DSCN9409 DSCN9405 DSCN9364Finally, the sun is shining and we’re out working in the garden!

The garlic bulbs we planted last fall are sending up their green shoots, and the leeks and spring onions I left mulched are quickly reviving themselves after an icy slumber. Interestingly, three kale plants down at the end also made it through. These are a nice head start to having fresh greens but I don’t think I should plan on having it happen every year.

Mostly I’m digging out dandelions and pulling small weeds the wind blew in as seed last fall. A few sections are planted: peas, lettuce, carrots, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, leek (seeds for next year and about 50 transplanted for this year), celery, swiss chard, arugula, radishes,parsley and (finally I just did it) planted a bed of asparagus from seed. It’s the three-year plan.

Soon I’ll plant a few more things, do second plantings and (after the last frost) warm weather things like beans, cucumbers, sweet corn etc.

 

We also expanded the lower garden area and Struggling_along fenced it all in (very nicely I might add).

As for the cold frame, this year I’m going to try growing watermelon in there. Hopefully, this will keep them warm enough and will give them a head start. I’ve also noticed a few tiny celery plants have sprouted in there!

And so it begins…we tuck a few tiny seeds in the ground and wait.

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6 thoughts on “And so it begins….

  1. Are you eating those dandelions as you pull them? Never liked the greens but the flowers make good jelly and the roots make great tea.

    • We love making dandelion jelly! These spring leaves aren’t bad either, but I’ve never used the roots (yet). I should (these plants look great!, we have so many growing everywhere so I keep them out of the garden) but I don’t know a thing about using them. Do I dry them? Chop them up?….If you have any tips I’d love to know.

      • I would clean them very well to start with. Chop then dry. Once they are dry they are like little rocks so you want them in a manageable size. I like dandelion root tea but I have heard you can roast and use them like coffee. I haven’t tried that one but the tea is good.

  2. I just don’t know how you do it all! The garden sounds wonderful, I do see you’ve hired a great supervisor! Molly Stark is too cute for words! Miss you all!

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