We were supposed to have rain the past couple of days, but it never happened, so between Friday and Saturday, and recording and livestreaming at St. Anne’s, I got the Spring planting done.
I planted Red onion bulbs, shallot seedlings, and Pak Choi seeds in the first bed, filling it. I set out a dozen Green Comet broccoli plants in the second bed and 2 rows of beets in the third bed. I Planted Easter Egg radish seeds in the front of the bed where the peas are right along the front fence. That way I can set in the eggplants without disturbing the radishes.
I have a bunch or parsley left which I will make a new bed for as well as arugula seeds. There is also a full flat of mint which I won’t plant until the new mint garden is prepped. I need to get some Swiss Chard, but that can wait until later.
I watered all of the new plantings because the weather predictions have not been accurate.
After two nights of hard freeze, the weather finally warmed up and I had a couple of hours to work in the garden this afternoon. The peas should have been in about three weeks ago but the weather and my schedule didn’t cooperate,,,,,,,,,,,so.
It took longer than I thought to get the bed ready as there was a lot of creeping charlie and other weeds that had crept in and with the pavers and trellis I had to weed by hand. This is the former cucumber bed. The trellis was really not tall enough for cukes, but should work well for peas. I planted the full length of the trellis with Alaska Peas from Terroir. I’ll follow the peas with Lazy Housewife Pole Beans, also from Terroir.
In the front of the bed, I’ll plant the Easter Egg Radish blend and then follow that with eggplant. The bed is fenced which all of the plants except the radished require to protect them from rabbits.
I went to Goebbert’s on Sunday and bought a bunch of vegetables, but held off on planting because of the predicted freeze. I planted the Red Romaine today in the first raised bed. I am trying to limit this bed to greens that will be replaced with another crop in early summer, although I have Kale and celery root in the back of the bed.
I have a bunch more spring vegetables to plant and I need to figure out where to put them.
Broccoli Plants Shallot Seedlings Beet Plants Wild Italian Arugula Seeds Pak Choi Seeds Candy Stripe Beet Seeds Red Onion Sets Plus, an order I forgot about from Hardy Seeds, but at least there are no spring vegetables in that one.
I finally got a free hour to plant the herbs and vegetables that I bought yesterday at Home Depot. Home Depot had a limited supply of garden plants from Bonnie Plants. They are probably more expensive than my nurseries, but now they are in the ground a week or two earlier.
Here’s what I planted: two large pots mixed lettuce, 6 spinach plants, 6 kale plants, 2 rosemary plants and 6 curly parsley plants. There are 3 or 4 pots of sweet mint that I will plant later in the mint garden. We had a brief shower around 4:00, but were able to eat on the deck for the second night in a row. This warm weather is extremely welcome!
There is rain in the forecast for the next few days, but scattered, so I am hoping to get the peas in the ground tomorrow, along with some other greens and radishes. We should have heavier rain over the weekend.