A Day in My Garden

20170416_130855-01Happy Easter! Today I remembered that I hadn’t planted the first batch of seeds in my garden, which I had hoped to do a couple of weeks ago. It has rained so much lately that the soil has been too soggy to get much of a start. So I planted the majority of spring crops in the garden today, just ahead of another storm. The timing was almost perfect.

After choosing the seeds I planned to plant and deciding where they would go, I collected my supplies and headed out to the yard at 8:30. The rain would arrive between 1 and 2 pm, so I thought I had plenty of time. After transplanting a couple of herbs from last year, I began planting seeds for spinach, lettuce, chard, carrots, beets, snow peas, dill, and raab. I had planted more potatoes yesterday; the first batch went in a month ago, and they have just sprouted.

I also planted some more sunflower seeds along the fence of the garden, although there are some coming up from last year’s flowers. My goal is to attract even more pollinators, beneficial insects, and other critters like the earthworm above to the garden than I did last year. I will have flowers in each of the garden beds, and I have planted vegetables that are known to grow well together, as well as some that deter the pests of others.

I recently read that dandelions provide early food for bees. The last time I was out pulling weeds, a bee flew under my hat, and after waving my hands around I got stung on the ear. I have decided to end my war on dandelions in the interests of improving the bee population, at least in my yard. I have also decided to avoid overreacting to bees near my face!

After several sprinkles, I finally finished my latest gardening task, and made it back inside before the full force of rain arrived. At least I didn’t have to water! I am a bit concerned that the seeds will be too soggy, but the straw I have covered the beds with is an excellent mulch that keeps the rain from pounding the soil. It also insulates the soil so it is warm enough to plant. Last year I got a late start. This year I have started seeds inside and am also planting them later outside. Garden Year #2 is off to a great start!

 

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About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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4 Responses to A Day in My Garden

  1. David Terry says:

    Very Nice. I like the bee story. I noticed you are planting mainly vegetables that down here would be colder weather plantings. No tomatoes or peppers? I have planted both, but those plants love heat. I have not had much luck with the veggies you planted. Any advice would be welcome. I have tried broccoli, cauliflower, and other stuff with no luck. Mainly I seem to only be able to grow lettuce, and even then it seems to bolt right away. Maybe it is just too hot down here. Right now I have some wildflowers blooming. I will try to post on FB. We did get more rain down here than usual this season so I got a pretty good bloom. Too bad it only lasts a short time……

  2. Yes Dave, you’re right about the cool weather veggies. I will add warm weather items like tomatoes and peppers (which I started in my dining room window), and of course squash, in May and June. Then I will plant more cool weather veggies again in the late summer. I got a late start last year, so my carrots and beets never got going before it was too hot. This is only my second year, so I’m still learning what works. I am also trying new things, like radishes, potatoes, and raab. You should be able to grow in the winter where you are. We still had snow showers a week ago! I would love to see wildflower pictures. It’s still a bit early up here.

  3. Awesome.

    I would like to know more about the potatoes.

    • Thanks Ethan! I planted red potatoes, which had sprouted in my cupboard, a month ago. They came up in the last few days. This weekend I planted Yukon Gold potatoes that sprouted after leaving them in a South facing window for 3-4 weeks. I have read that you should only plant seed potatoes to avoid introducing disease, but I decided to take a chance. I have the potatoes isolated in their own bed.

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