I used to think transitional weather was weather with temperatures changing gradually from cold to warm or vice versa. Now transitional weather means a beautiful 50 degree day followed by a cloudy day in the upper thirties with wintry mix predicted. I can console myself with the fact that it is March, a notoriously unpredictable month.
Yesterday, there was ample evidence that my fellow gardeners had been in their plots, turning over the soil and planting seeds. I went to my garden to do a little weeding and check out what was sprouting.
I trimmed back some of my herbs. The peas were coming up, along with the spinach, radishes and kale. The arugula was actually starting to bolt, so I trimmed that back and harvested some for salad this week.
I also harvested some of the cutting celery, which is coming back nicely. Never having grown this before, I don’t know if it flowers and makes seeds the second year the way parsley does or if I’ll get to use it again. I suppose I should look it up.
The nicest discovery of the garden was how well the lettuces were doing in the cold frame. Remember those tiny seedlings I put in there back in January? As I was leaving, I decided to hoe between the fence and the sidewalk, where I grow flowers. I can see that many are coming back, including the columbine, love in a mist, yarrow, mallow, artemesia, sweet peas, and others. Still, today I went back and scattered some wildflower seed in potential bare spots and covered it all with mulch. Now I just need to wait. And keep weeding, of course.