Finally – Planting!

We finally had a somewhat decent week to get the gardening going. The weather went instantly from rain and temperature in the 50s to Sun and temperatures hovering around 90. I’ve been trying to get out early and then do another round of gardening after dinner. Even after five days of hot weather and no rain, the ground is still very wet.

Container Garden 2022

I got most of the herbs in, I’ll need to buy thyme as my plants didn’t survive the winter. New this year is Prostrate Rosemary from Countryside, it grows as a creeping groundcover. Also new is an upright tarragon, called Four Seasons. It has yellow flowers and smells and looks like Mexican tarragon, except that it is upright. I also found a Bergamot mint which is called Lemon Mint. It smells like Bergamot and has a creeping habit, unlike lemon balm.

The container garden is mostly done.

More Plants

I made a run to Goebbert’s and bought my large patio tomato plant and jalapeno plants for the container garden.. I also got a 10-inch pot of basil, curly parsley, and pineapple mint. I unloaded that load and headed off to Countryside.They have moved the vegetables to the back greenhouses, so it’s a little more difficult with the big carts on the loose gravel. I bought two large Early Girl II tomatoes for the garden and three varieties of cherry tomatoes for the containers.

They didn’t have  the large plants in the varieties I wanted so I settled on about 18″ plants. I got a couple Serrano pepper plants also. I bought some Bergamot mint, okra, and Spanish tarragon as well. It is like the Mexican tarragon I got last year but is upright instead of creeping.

Hanging Baskets

I found nice, reasonably priced baskets at Home Depot. I bought two for the front, two for the back, and two smaller ones to go on the hooks in the yard.

I went to Countryside after that and got two large cherry tomato plants, rosemary, and prostrate rosemary, a new creeping variety. I also got bunching onions and curly parsley.

Spring Greens

I went to Goebbert’s on Tuesday after my filming at St. Anne. There were only a couple of tables of spring vegetables, but mostly what I needed. They didn’t have Red Romaine yet, nor spinach, but I bought a flat containing regular Romaine, leaf lettuce, broccoli, and beets.

The weather was still iffy, but I got everything planted today after I finished my session with Lee. It’s still quite wet. I’m glad I tilled and got the soil amendments into the garden last fall. The timing is almost identical to last year. I need to get some arugla and pak choi seeds in next week after the soil dries out some more.

Leaf Lettuce and Romaine
Broccoli

Goebberts opens today! Oh, wait…

Happy Easter.

Spring is slow in coming this year. I hope this is winter’s last hurrah. Predictions are for a warming trend with temperatures near 80° and sunny for next weekend. Despite the cold wet weather, the peas are at about 1-1/2 inches and the radishes are slowly popping up. The mint is coming back to life, I picked and used my first batch of chives and the lawn is full of striped squill.

I am hoping to get greens in by the end of the week. Thursday looks nice. I’ll make sure I have lettuce and spinach plants before then. Time to get more specific in my planning.

Looking back at last year’s posts the first planting was on April 22, so I’m about at the same place as last year. I am a month ahead with the radishes and peas.

April Fool’s Day

Woke up to a dusting of snow this morning. At least we have some sun today. It’s been cold and rainy for the past couple of weeks. It’s way too wet to plant or even walk through the garden. The temperatures will be in the 50s next week, but other than Sunday, there is rain in the forecast every day. No gardening for a while.

Thank God I got the peas and radishes in when I did. It’s probably been too cold for them to germinate, though. The warmer temps this week might get them going.

Just what I would expect on April Fool’s Day.

March 16th – First Plantings

Planting Oregon Sugar Pod II peas.

The weather finally warmed up! It was about 66° this afternoon and the soil in the bed where the peas grow, (we know a field…in summer peas grow there) I hear Orson Welles’s voice echoing across the garden, but I digress.

The soil was a little wet, but quite workable as this bed has a lot of sand in the soil. The planting is Burpee Oregon Sugar Pod II, hope they are better than the Alaskan Peas I bought from Terroir last year. I planted the full length of the trellis.

In the west end of the front part of the bed, I planted two rows of Easter Egg Radishes. I’ll plant more in April. I bought the peas on Amazon and got a bag of 300. I just didn’t feel like driving to Home Depot for a package of seeds.

This is a month earlier than I planted peas last year, due to bad weather last year and good weather this year.

The far west raised bed where I will plant lettuce and carrots was still too wet to plant. I might have to wait a week or so depending on the weather.

Seed Order Time

JANUARY GARDEN

The days are getting longer and the holiday chaos is winding down so it is time to start thinking Spring! I placed my seed order today with Terroir Seeds in Arizona. Here’s the list:

Slow Bolting Cilantro
Wild Italian Arugula
Pak Choi
Lazy Housewife Pole Beans
Zappallo de Tronco Squash
Crystal Apple Cucumber
True Lemon Cucumber
Easter Egg Radishes
Clemson Spineless 80 Okra
Red Burgundy Okra

The Zappallo de Tronco Squash is a new one for me. It can be used as summer squash or a short storage winter squash. It is supposed to be very flavorful and resistant to squash bugs. I also ordered Okra since I couldn’t find plants last year. The slow bolting cilantro needs partial shade, so maybe I’ll grow it in pots.

I also went on Etsy and ordered:
Peruvian Black Mint
Mashed Potato Squash.

I’ll buy the snow peas seeds locally since the variety from Terroir was not good.

Some early thoughts on the layout – I’ll work sand and compost into the front of the bed where the peas and beans are and see if I can grow a decent radish crop. I am planning to plant the okra in front of the back fence, as it can be an ornamental hedge also. Maybe I’ll add more raised beds there. I need to maybe put the eggplant in the second bed so that it is likely to get more water. I have room along the barn for a row of something, maybe bell peppers? I’ll rotate the Zucchini in front of the Roma tomatoes, and plant the Zappallo in the north end of the bed next to the firepit. I’ll have celery root in that bed also.

2022 garden – in progress!!