Spring has finally arrived

What  a long winter we all had. Everyone has been talking about it and we were all so giddy on the first nice day we could get. But for so long those nice days were just that….one day. Then back to the cold. March was such a teaser and we were so anxious to get out. Then came April, I knew good weather was just around the corner.

I’m not one to do too much planning over the winter. I think it just makes me too anxious and impatient. So out came my seed catalogs and my paper to draw out the garden. My two favorite places to order is Territorial Seed Company in London Springs, Oregon and Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA. Steve and I discussed what worked last year, what we liked and new things we’d like to try. So I drew out my plans and placed my order.

Last weekend I got all the tools out and started digging, prepping and readying my beds. I feel fortunate that we have good soil. There isn’t much I have to do for amendments. This year I just added some Oma-Gro. I’d really like to try a green cover crop to till in. That would make the garden look good over the winter, too.

This weekend was Easter and absolutely beautiful weather. The Farmer’s Almanac says to plant potatoes on or right after Good Friday. So the potatoes got planted! Since I don’t have a lot of space for good crop rotation, I decided to try potatoes in pots. I’m using an older planter and an actual potato planter bag. I planted German Butterball, a buttery-fleshed spud and Sangre, a red-skinned, white-fleshed tater.

I erected my trellis using bamboo sticks and chicken wire for the peas, Serge and Green Arrow. It will be fun to sit around the table with the family shelling them. Before we know it, we’ll have peas! I also planted carrots, radishes, a variety of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, endive and beets.

It was a long day and I was exhausted. But it’s so rewarding seeing the sprouts shoot up and watching everything grow! More planting won’t happen until the soil warms up so here’s to hoping for many days of warm weather. I’ll get the rest of the seeds in once it’s warm enough and my tomato and pepper starts will be shipped in mid-May.ImageImage