First Planting

Today, I took an hour and a half after work to finish weeding the garden and to plant a few things.  I’ve been eating lettuce from the cold frame much of the winter, and decided it was time to plant some more.


There’s still good lettuce in there, but once it gets a bit warmer, I’ll have to get the glass off it. The silhouette is me, the lettuce eater.

The arugula I’ve been munching on for a couple months is blooming in the warming weather.


I’ve been adding it to pasta in the last couple weeks. It’s still delicious, and I’ll eat it until the new stuff comes up.

I’ve planted more of that, too.


Left, caged mixed lettuces; middle, delicious fall-planted parsley; right, more arugula. The Contented Crafter will be pleased to note that not all the lettuces are covered…

I pulled most of the broccoli from the winter and freed up space for rapini (broccoli raab) and some carrots.  I also planted carrots and radishes and put them under cover.


Rapini and carrots fenced in, radishes and carrots under cover, the cold frame and inside the bean enclosure, some sprouting peas.

I thought I had spinach seeds, but so far, I haven’t found them.  I had some spring onion seeds, but couldn’t get the package open (a small seed saver container with a screw on lid).  I’ll go after that with pliers tonight.


The oregano is extremely happy. You may have noticed it in the previous picture.

Stay safe, folks.  Enjoy the outdoors if you can go out safely.  It’s gorgeous now and things are greening up and bursting into bloom.


The rosemary is in full bloom.

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53 Responses to First Planting

  1. paolsoren says:

    I’ve just planted rocket. This is a first. Because of the corona it is very hard to get any seedlings so I have re’jigged my few pots and made a new geden by clearing out all the succulents under the standard roses and planting herbs.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Your title made me smile – I knew I would love this post! Good news!
    I love your cold frame selfie a lot! 🙂

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Isn’t arugula supposed to go bitter when it bolts? I continued to take mine as it started to bolt, but figured that I would stop taking it once it got bitter. However, it never got bitter. I suppose it tasted a bit differently. Actually, the bolted stems and bloom are rather good. Am I missing something, or do I just have bad taste?

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  4. Love your lettuce selfie 🙂 The first hardship I am facing here is the lack of good organic vegetables available in the stores. As we head into winter growing anything in my tiny courtyard is impossible – so I’ll virtually enjoy your veges doubly much 🙂

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  5. Brilliant! But where are the rabbits?

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  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    Looks good, Lisa! Your area is well ahead of ours.

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  7. SueW says:

    You make me want to forge ahead with planting but it’s still a little early here the frost is still with us.🙂

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  8. That intriguing image is really good.

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  9. Robin says:

    I love your first image. It’s as if you are made of the lettuce you’ve been eating. Beautiful. Your garden looks so good. I need to get seeds. I thought I had some arugula and romaine seeds, but it looks like we used them up last year.
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen rosemary bloom. Mine died off a couple of years ago and I never replanted. That’s another thing I’d like to have in the garden again.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yes, there are different types of rosemary and I’m pretty sure this one is a more traditional one–and they bloom. If the one you had died because of cold, you can build a little fence around a small one and drop leaves in it for a winter blanket. I’m glad you like the cold fram reflection–I thought about moving, but then decided not to!

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  10. shoreacres says:

    Believe me — those of us without access to fresh garden greens are happy enough to find the organic spinach, mixes, and so on in the market. There is a farmers’ market still open here, and people who brings good, organic veggies and fruits, but the lines are two hours long, and I’m not willing to stand around for even fifteen minutes in a line like that. I do have access to good meat and fresh eggs from a friend’s flock; that helps. What I don’t know is whether my friendly local picking farm will be open. If that’s possible, I’ll soon have access to tomatoes, peppers, blackberries, and squash, as well as other treats. Of course, they’re going to be swamped with customers, too, so I may be camping out at the gate at 4 a.m.!

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  11. So lovely to see things green and growing. Clif and I are eating frozen veg as well as root veg. Good thing we like them.

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  12. Brenda says:

    Having those winter greens in the cold frame is wonderful isn’t it? We managed to keep some greens going all winter in our unheated greenhouse and now have spinach, lettuce, and mustards growing like mad. I planted my first bunch of seedlings indoors yesterday. Feels good to help along some new life in all this chaos. Lovely to see your garden.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Brenda. One of the things my friends have been complaining they can’t get in the store is bagged greens. I planted a few more lettuces than usual, thinking I could give some away. Meanwhile, I have some fresh ones for this week. I do love that cold frame–but might love a greenhouse more! sounds like the perfect place for seed starting.

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  13. Looks like a good selection of salad greens – we are now regretting our lazy growing habits. Frost forecast for the weekend so our seedlings are back in frames for the moment.

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  14. Sylvie Ge says:

    I very much like the second photo. The colours, the shadow, it has a surreal feel to it.

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  15. Lisa, I’m so glad you’re out and about in your garden. Do you have any unspoken rules about avoiding other gardeners while you toil? I suppose if your’e wearing gardening gloves, you won’t be tempted to touch your face and you can wear them while opening and closing the gate. I’m a staunch Dr. Fauci follower.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Everyone is very conscious of staying 6 feet away to talk. And we can’t have more than 10 gardeners in the place at once, which hasn’t been a problem so far. And yes, no problems touching my face with muddy gloves! I’ve almost broken myself of the face touching habit. When you think it could kill you, it sort of stops you from doing it. And I’ve become an assiduous hand-washer!


      • All good to know! I’m not sure I’ll ever stop touching my face, but I’m sheltering in place, avoiding contact with anyone, and the one time Mike and I went to help my sister Sharon who has MS we wore a mask and gloves. It’s surreal, isn’t it? I’ve always washed my hands, but never with such precision.

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  16. Gosh, you are so far ahead of us! I’m not even sure I can plant my arugula seeds in the semi-greenhouse we have here.Mild this week, but I hear cold weather is on the way. BTW: that first photo is very interesting.

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  17. Maria says:

    Beautiful. I’m so glad it worked out for you.

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