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.
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.
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.