Ok, so it's not Rodgers and Hammerstein, but Spring does set one's heart a singing. I have always loved to sing in my garden among the blooms. Growing things that I can EAT is especially rewarding. This week the hubby and I had the first of our spinach from the small greens planting I made in what will eventually be my lily of the valley bed in the front. We made a mixed salad with store-bought (gasp!) lettuce & it was delicious! The experiment with greens in the bag of potting soil is going well in the mini greenhouse. Which by the way was the best $30 I ever spent, allowed me to keep some of my seedlings outdoors and it's the perfect spot for my lettuce garden & will be great for starting out seedlings of cold weather crops in the fall & maybe even keeping greens going most of the winter. Here's the link. (although the price has gone up for the season). Make sure you put a cinder block or other heavy item in the bottom. I large garden flat will fit on each of the 4 shelves.
We started with our 2 varieties of tomatoes and peppers, since we had covers ready for those in case of a frost. Then we figured we might as well plant the rest, as it was so warm, so we planted the snow peas too, which are now blooming. (below)
Melons and some rosemary from Creekside was the last thing that I planted today. I have two varieties of melon, a honeymoon honeydew & a sugar baby watermelon.
Planting melons like this on the edge of the strawberry bale will allow the plants to cascade down the bales and grow in the space between. Once they do that they will rest on the concrete pad under the bales. I think that gently placing some kind of light colored padding under the melons will help a lot, maybe some old cloth diapers would work.
The weather was really cooperating, so I planted all the zinnias I had grown from seed, more on those in a later blog. Earlier this week I added some broccoli plants, strawberry plants and another variety of tomato all that I got from the McKittrick food circle seed & plant exchange. (if you missed it, you missed OUT!) The broccoli has doubled in size & the strawberries are already blooming! (below)
The rosemary is a good companion of the tomatoes and peas + according to my daughter it will help keep deer away. We'll see.