Archive for March, 2010

Pansies are a joy in the spring garden.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Pansies are one of the true joys of the spring garden. I’d love to fill up all my containers with them. But I’ve got to save space for other things when things warm up a bit.
I know though, that I won’t be able to resist the next time I go to the nursery.Pansies in a container

St. Pat Peas!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Peas soaked in water overnight will germinate quicker in the cool spring soil.

Peas soaked in water overnight will germinate quicker in the cool spring soil.


It’s finally here, St. Patrick’s Day which marks the traditional start of the gardening season by planting peas. Thank God, what a terrible winter, it’s exhilarating to be back in the garden.
I plant Oregon Sugar II Snow Pea every spring, soaking the seeds overnight in water. They swell to three times their size and sprout easier in the cool spring soil.
My garden is filled with raised beds, they dry out quick. But, it was a wet winter and the snow took its time melting. I bought $20 worth of compost (half yard) and piled it onto the beds and then planted directly in the compost.
There are lots of cool weather crops that can be planted now, lettuce, radishes, Swiss chard, beets and more.
Plant something now and you’ll be picking with “normal” gardeners are just getting getting started. And that feels good.

Wonderful Garlic!

Monday, March 15th, 2010

It’s up, the garlic is up. Spring is officially here! There’s nothing better than spring garlic greens eaten raw out of the garden.

I love to nibble on garlic greens, there's nothing like them in the spring.

I love to nibble on garlic greens, there's nothing like them in the spring.

Snowdrops, plant them this fall.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

There’s something about the first day that the air smells of spring. I walked out the front door and saw beautiful little snowdrops blooming and it made me feel that there was nothing that could stop us gardeners now.
It’s been a long winter, time to get started.
I’m starting some lettuce seeds in my little greenhouse this weekend. Then the official start of the season is St. Patrick’s Day when peas are traditionally planted.
Goodbye winter!

Snowdrops bloom outside my front door, what a welcome site.

Snowdrops bloom outside my front door, what a welcome site.