One of the things I wanted to do last weekend was get the garden ready for spring. Since we’re pretty sure we’ll be around for most of the summer (just short local trips), I’m super excited about gardening.
Our friend Paul gave me a huge bag full of seeds a couple months ago when he and his wife were downsizing for a big move. I looked through his seeds and pulled out all the ones that we’d want to plant and that required planting indoors first. I had a container of my own that we went though too.
I decided to go with one of those starter trays with peat pellets. I did it a couple years ago and had a very successful garden. We had 5 or 6 varieties of tomatoes, squash, arugula and bunch of other things. Last year I planted in biodegradable pots. My plants weren’t as strong for some reason. I also found they took up a lot of room indoors.
I labeled the rows so I could easily note what I had planted which includes the following:
- Tomatoes: Arkansas Heirloom, Sarah Schwarze, Brandywine Heirloom, Black Cherry, San Marzano and Roma Paste.
- Beans/Peas: Sweet, Sugar Snap, Bush and Cherokee Trail of Tears
- Greens: Giant Red Celery, Rubine Brussels Sprouts and Melissa Savoy Cabbage
- Vines: Petit Gris de Rennes Heirloom Melon, Patty Pan Squash
- Others: Flat of Italy Onion, English Lavender, Habanero, Mary Washington Asparagus and Ashwork Heirloom Corn
We also have some seeds that need to go straight into the ground like French breakfast radishes, arugula (Rocket), onions (I forget what kind) and endive. I want to add a lettuce like butterhead speckles or little gem romaine.
It’s a lot, I know but it’s likely not all will sprout and as usual, Momager and some friends will probably get a bunch of starts.
In addition to things we can eat, I also planted a bunch of flowers. I decided to take my old veggie patch and turn it into a flower patch. I noticed the cats have made their way into in over the winter and turned it into their own personal honeybucket. Seriously, it was super gross. I decided I couldn’t grow things we’d eat there so I planted a bunch of flower seeds.
It took an hour of clearing and scooping cat poop to get it to look like this. I also readied our strawberry pot for planting.
The branches are to keep the cats out of it. I found another pot outside they decided to do their business in. You have to take every precaution in our garden. I purchased some strawberry plants and a few climbing rose starts we intend to plant this weekend. I realized AFTER I put the soil in the strawberry pot that I had intended to paint it. Not sure that will happen now.
Besides outdoor gardening, I did a little indoor gardening. I started some herbs (rosemary, sage, cilantro, dill), replanted our existing basil plant and also planted some cress.
I’m kind of excited about the cress because it’s already sprouting. I used Ikea drink stirrers/olive forks as plant markers. We had a ton of plastic ones we don’t really need since we were gifted cool reusable ones a couple years back.
I’m excited for our garden (again, but it will be better than last year) and all of the things house plants we’re growing (curry and Peruvian purple pepper). We have all sorts of plants for the garden including a retaining wall inspired by this:
I’ve been in LOVE with this planter since I saw it last year and we’re finally going to do something about it this summer!
Anyone else started their spring gardens? Anyone want to share starts?