We are ways yet from having the garden completely planted and have a number of crops still to plant, but it’s early yet. We are really pleased with the new raised beds, they’ve allowed us to plant much more in a smaller space and are easier to keep weeded. Two varieties of beans are up and getting ready to run. Squash, onions, leeks, chard and arugula are also in raised beds and have a good start. Melon and cucumber are not in raised beds but are all doing well and a few of 50 or so okra seeds I planted are up.
The bulk of the garden has been set aside for corn, with a smaller space reserved for tomatoes and peppers. The garden was tilled and ready at one point but at the moment is a lovely pasture. That will change soon, we’ll till those rows once more, plant, and then mulch heavily with straw. Tomatoes and peppers were seeded in the greenhouse in early March and have been transplanted once to larger pots and now are just waiting until the space is ready and we’re sure the danger of frost is over; corn and potatoes we’ll sow directly. Potatoes are the one thing we need to get busy and do now, but we already have a few volunteers from last year. By this time next week the garden will look transformed, but here are a few shots of how it looks now.
I noticed yesterday that mulberries are just starting to drop and apricots starting to blush. I was worried for a time about the raspberries I transplanted but they are making a come back now and I may even get a few berries. The grapes look promising for the first time in a couple of years.
In the greenhouse we have tons of basil: sweet and three other varieties as well. Thyme, rosemary, parsley, marjoram, dill, bay and chives are other staples. I am really loving the one raised bed we built in there last winter and can’t wait until we are able to make the rest of the beds. In the meantime, I fight to keep the vines from taking over. My strawberry patch is already yielding a handful of berries every couple of days– nice but I’ll have to wait one more year for the size crop I’d really like to have. We planted a couple of blueberry bushes in the green house a month or so ago which look really good and are both flush with berries not yet ripe.
That’s the early news from the garden. We are keeping very busy and have been enjoying a mix of warm mornings and cool evenings with occasional light showers. Good weather for the greens.
After this weekend it will be time to get serious in the garden but for now we have a busy social weekend planned– tonight we are hosting Sharon and Winter for a front yard concert, tomorrow is the Celtic Festival and then Yiska and I are off to for a short adventure on Sunday. Hope your enjoying spring and getting your own garden started!