AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Garden Updates - First Day of Spring DATE: 3/25/2009 07:12:00 AM ----- BODY:
After a seemingly endless winter, 50 degrees feels downright balmy. I spent much of the weekend in the garden... cleaning up, tilling the soil and planting seeds.

First task: raking the dead leaves off the vegetable beds. Normally, I'd say to leave them on because they mulch the soil and provide nutrients. But I've learned from experience that these particular leaves produce TONS of weeds. So I try to get rid of as much as possible.

Next: till the soil. With all the snow and rain, the soil compacted rather densely. I loosened the soil so that the new vegetable roots could easily grow.

Finally, I planted a bunch of seeds...

In the front garden...
Can you see the spring onions popping up in the front left? In the back on the left, I planted kohlrabi. And on the right, kale and icicle radishes.

In the back on the left...
The lettuces: mizuna, tatsoi and arugula. And yes, I need to paint the back fence. Along the back fence, I propped up some chicken wire. I'll plant the peas along that line and hopefully they will train easily up the fencing.

And in the back on the right...
Can you see all the sage? You just can't kill that stuff! And behind that, the lone brussels sprout plant... a bit droopy but still producing. To the left, I planted some mixed lettuces and more arugula.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:3/25/2009 08:27:00 PM i could kill that sage ;) nothing grows in my garden! yours looks great, though :D ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:3/25/2009 08:44:00 PM Can't believe you're getting seeds in the ground already! We haven't even started the spring cleanup, but there are bulbs coming up everywhere, so I guess it's time to get busy. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types DATE:3/25/2009 10:01:00 PM It's great to see the garden peaking through the soil, isn't it? Really something to look forward to! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:3/26/2009 08:02:00 AM Heather -- Maybe you could give me a tip or two!

Lydia -- I'm so excited, any sign to start planting....

T.W. -- it really is! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Cate DATE:3/26/2009 09:20:00 AM Can't wait to see how your garden develops! I am terrible at garndening, but am going to have a go at lettuce and tomatoes this year. Herbs, I can manage. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:OpenID burpandslurp DATE:3/26/2009 12:11:00 PM lol, not with me that sage won't grow! I SO was not blessed with the green thumb. I'm jealous of you garden! can't wait to see what you do with the fresh organc homegrown produce! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger ChristyACB DATE:3/26/2009 02:21:00 PM That is so funny that you also have that lone brusell sprout plant too! So do I and it looks so out of place and lonely. :)

BTW, found you through Chiots Run. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:3/26/2009 06:32:00 PM I would love to grow my own lettuce! Lucky you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Claudia DATE:3/26/2009 11:18:00 PM My seed are in my college-son's bedroom. The arugula is sprouting but won't go into the gorund till mid-May. Jealous, jealous, jealous. Enjoy. ----- --------