Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Early Bird Gets the Worm (oh dear god please don't frost)

We managed to find some slivers of nice weather this weekend to get planting.

Being early birds we also managed to find seed potatoes and onion sets at the garden center (last year they sold out pretty early) sooooo.... we picked those up and headed out to the dirt farm.

Garlic is still doing ok, which was nice to see. We seem to be pretty much on par with our neighbors around us also growing garlic so I feel good about that.

We planted:
4 varieties of lettuce
4 varieties of onion
2 varieties of peas

It's going to be interesting to see how these things do from seeds, as last year we planted almost exclusively seedlings due to our late start in the season. In about 30 days from now, we should have radish and some of the lettuce.

The potatoes have to wait, as we realized, until they sprout indoors, before they can be planted, so we figure 4 weeks or less.

My main concern is that we planted things too close together, and that there won't be adequate amount of room to move around in the rows, but I guess we'll see. Last year we had way too much space, this year might have been too ambitious but what's the worst that can happen? I have too many vegetables?

I was surprised at how long it took, probably 2 hours to plant this bed and it's only 1 bed. We already have almost more stuff in the ground than we did the entire year last year. Exciting :)


  1. You are getting a much earlier start than we are...it's still too cold up here! But Bob did rake through the raised beds last week and cleaned off a lot of accumulated moss. I have been pruning Clematis's but we still have so much rain that most days it's too wet to work outdoors. Bob is also in process of bringing down a lot of dead Alders...my job is to drag away all the branches and start chopping them to be ready for the chipper shredder. We have a bunch of herbs started under grow lights in the house.

  2. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long Karen, it's averaging 15 degrees a day here so we figured why not!