May the spring planting begin.
March 07, 2011

We have not had a freeze here in about two weeks, so it suddenly occurred to Donald and me last week that this means we probably need to get cranking on our spring planting.  We pulled out the seed catalogs, stood in the garden plot pointing here and there, asked rhetorical questions we cannot answer about yields and plant quantities, looked up local plant sales, and then created a garden plan and crossed our fingers.

I really REALLY hope that our summer garden is more successful than our winter garden was.  I’m pretty certain that our winter garden places me firmly in the category of people endowed with the black thumb of plant DEATH, so it cannot really go much worse.

Charlotte roaming with various critters in the remnants of our vegetable garden.  Right now, 1200 square feet of garden space = a bit of chard, a lot of garlic, a shit ton of weeds

This spring we are planting (or hoping to plant):
    -  Peas
    -  Tomatoes
    -  Sweet peppers
    -  Beans
    -  Squash
    -  Corn
    -  Artichokes
    -  Radishes
    -  Onions
    -  Greens
    -  Carrots

We have some new garden ideas that we’re hoping to implement as well.  I am planning to build two teepees at the northern end of the garden.  In theory, both will provide structure for climbing plants and we’ll keep one side (the north side since it does not receive sunlight) open so that Charlotte can play in them.  We’re also planning on tilling in some mulch so that our soil will have better drainage (we’re hoping that this will bump me up from “black thumb of death” to at least “greyish thumb of not-as-much death”), bringing a few bales of hay and old tires in to create simple play areas for Charlotte near the garden, and beginning a collection of herbs.  We have a few hundred square feet toward the front of our house, nearer the kitchen, that we hope to turn into an herb garden slowly over the course of the year.

Something I did not foresee about vegetable gardening is that it really never ends.  I harvested the last of our winter spinach and radishes last week when the chickens discovered them.  This week, I’m lusting over seed catalogs and turning the plot and pricing hay bales and planning tire gardens.  Next week, I’ll start dropping seeds in the ground.

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  1. By Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on March 07, 2011

    Oooh, I’m excited for gardening too!

    This year will be our 3rd year.  The first year was pitiful.  I choose to blame it on being in my first trimester of pregnancy and very sick.  The second year was MUCH better.  I’m anxious to see how this year turns out!

  2. By on March 07, 2011

    I wish I had seen this post on Friday.. you just missed this tomato sale.

  3. By on March 07, 2011

    I got some seeds ready for the grow light last week (flowers, cilantro, tomatoes, red peppers) and was all set to plant spinach, radishes, onions, broccoli, strawberries and asparagus outside this weekend, but then the cell phone store took about 3 hours longer than anticipated. Hopefully I’ll get that stuff planted some time this week.

    The tee-pee idea intrigues me. Do you think that would work for zucchini?

  4. By on March 07, 2011

    PS: Be sure your ground is really soft for the carrots. I did carrots last year and they looked like real carrots for the first inch or two, and then they branched off into weird mutant carrot-fingers below that. I’m not going to mess with them this year because I don’t have time to amend my soil to their liking.

  5. By Kimberly o'Rosky on March 07, 2011

    Good Luck. We have an herb garden on the side of our house as well as an area to plant some veggies. Rosemary, squash, chives, thyme and mint are hard to kill!!!!! We’ve tried oregano, lemon balm, sunflowers, jalapeño, banana peppers, cucumber, beans, squash, tomatoes and bell peppers so far. My husband always puts coffee grounds out there to prepare the soil. You might look up Dave’s Garden. It’s an online gardening forum that has taught me lots over the years. Perfect place to keep a gardening journal, look up pics of how your plants should look, and ask questions to people in your area.

  6. By Sara on March 07, 2011

    I’m going to try eggplant & zucchini this year too. I was just thinking that this weekend too. I’m hoping by next weekend I can start planting.

  7. By Katy @ Wiggle Wagon on March 07, 2011

    You have a garden paradise!  I’m looking out sadly at my tiny barren balcony right now….

  8. By on March 07, 2011

    whoa ! how lucky ! already planting !
    here, i plant tomatoes first week of may.. seems quite far away !
    i can’t wait to see how your artichokes turn out, i never planted any.

  9. By Cynthia Krajcarski on March 08, 2011

    Seriously, how do you pull these outfits together? They’re so incredibly cute, I feel like I’m wasting away my opportunity to dress Isla by putting her in plain pants and shirts. I only have a few more years left, if that! HELP!

  10. By Sarah Christensen on March 09, 2011

    Cynthia - She picked out the dress and the pants lol.  It was too chilly for the halter dress, so I put a shirt on underneath.

    I wish I had a cooler answer than that, but this outfit was all Charlotte.  I thought it would be horrifying, but it actually turned out alright.  Much better than some of the other ones she’s put together =P

  11. By Laura Bishop on March 10, 2011

    Good thing you’re planting carrots because you’ll need them for this amazing soup!

  12. By Mary @ Parenthood on March 13, 2011

    The teepee idea sounds fun, maybe I could do that!  If I had more space I’d make a sunflower “house” and maybe a corn maze :) but I guess I’ll have to content myself with smaller ideas!

    I find that tomatoes survive even my lack of green thumb, they are a good choice!

  13. By Cynthia Krajcarski on March 14, 2011

    Sarah - Man, I should let Isla take the reins more often then.

  14. By Huck on March 14, 2011

    Make sure to keep the chickens out of the garden! They are little rototillers of doom. I learned the hard way after they tore out and ate all my oregano, mint, chives, etc., etc.





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