Spring is officially here, though it feels like it has been here for weeks already. This week the perennial plants in the garden are all leafing out and looking healthy with fresh green growth. Some plants already even have flowers!
Strawberries in bloom
This week I planted the first seeds in the freshly tilled garden beds. It is still too early from most of the plants that will grow in the garden (I hope), but these are some of the more cold-resistant vegetables, and can start earlier. With the unseasonably warm weather, I probably should have planted some of these a little earlier. In the ground this week: garlic, two varieties of radish, seven varieties of lettuce, claytonia (miner's lettuce), dill, and peas.
I will talk in greater detail about some of the plant varieties that I selected for the garden in future posts. It seems unlucky to talk about them before they germinate. Some are familiar varieties, but others are a little unusual.
If this warm weather keeps up, I may risk planting some of my other seeds and seedlings a little bit earlier. I will have to keep an eye on the weather over the next week or so. I would hate for a surprise frost to spoil things, but I want to take advantage of as much good growing weather as possible.
I have been planting some more seeds to start indoors, and my existing seedlings are all doing fairly well. I will save this as a topic for a future post.
I have also started a compost pile, which will be the subject of another future post.