Today I got myself into the garden and remembered to take the camera! Yea me! I checked my garden and noticed the radishes have begun to come up under protective custody.
The spinach and lettuces are also starting under the protection of the white row cover. Unfortunately, the seeds in the cold frame and the pop-up tent seem to be hunkering down until warmer weather.
I spent most of the time in the large outside garden. Jane is taking care of the small inside garden for Plot Against Hunger. Doesn’t it look fabulous?
Last year she built beds in the outside garden and this year, she pilfered the timbers she had bought and cut and installed to rebuild the small garden bed. That left the beds in the outside garden unenclosed, but my garden neighbor Patrick was getting rid of pavers in his garden and I snatched them to rebuild and enclose the beds in the large garden.
There has been a bit going on there. We have a blackberry, courtesy of AFAC, and I bought two small blueberry plants. I also have promises of raspberries to come.
My plan has been to plant perennials there, so that the garden produces without the clearing and planting required normally. The rest will go into flowers for the gardeners to cut during the summer.
I found asparagus roots at a local garden center. I would like to have an asparagus patch there. Yum!! I bought purple passion and Jersey Knight. I hope they do well.
I have never grown asparagus, so followed the directions on the packages. They are one year to harvest asparagus–what a relief! Some are two or three years. I dug trenches, as the packages of roots said and filled them in partially, then watered them. I notified other gardeners that the piles of soil left were not a mistake and that I’d have to fill in over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I took the lovely kale, or most of it–what a nice lot it was. It’s still a bit cool, but I’m encouraged by the radishes coming up, so sometime in the next two weeks or so, I’ll probably be able to start planting the flowers for the garden border and the large garden–and more lettuces and vegetables in my own garden. It’s a common problem that I start too early, but then again, sometimes the season cooperates and I have a fabulous early garden! Happy Easter to all who celebrate it. And happy spring to all and sundry!