I probably wrote about this last year, but every year is like the first time when you harvest enough out of your garden to make most of a salad. My spring garden was very limited this year, as the gardens were in such a shambles from the fact that I didn’t have time to clean them out last fall (something I hope to NEVER repeat) and the weather doing funky things. I did manage to get a few of my favorites going and yesterday we had the very first salad with many of the fixings from our own garden.
I had two kinds of lettuce, two kinds of chard, spinach, a couple of sugar snap peas (and when I mean a couple it was exactly two, so we each got one), fennel, rosemary, lemon thyme, garden thyme, oregano, little tiny marigolds called mace which were surprisingly aromatically spice, marigold petals, and wild sorrel ripped from my yard (it is the most invasive weed, but also highly nutritious and tasty). I added some store bought carrots and tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Then we drizzled just a little bit of oil and vinegar over it and had an amazing salad.
Over this past weekend I planted my tomato and pepper plants. I’ve got them covered with lightweight frost blanket to protect them from the sun, as I’ve had a really hard time hardening things off with the cloudy, rainy weather that descended on us just in time for the hardening off period. I’ll see if the frost blanket works as well as screening. It sure seemed to really help the earlier seedlings get going well, without being munched by bugs.
This weekend I’ll get in the basil and the few flowers I managed to sprout. This was not a good season for starting seeds, maybe next year. I also hope to move the herb garden to its permanent home this weekend. If the weather holds and I can finish painting the railing of the deck on the side where it’s going, then I’ll be able to complete that garden and get things moved. That will open up most of the back of the house for more vegetables, which I really need. I don’t have space for my big melons and squash, so they will probably go up next to the house this year. Strange place, but I got two new winter squash types that are supposed to be squash vine borer resistant and I really want to try them out. So, I’ll just have big viney things up close to the house this year…Won’t be the first time I’ve planted something in a strange place.
So, the garden is a work in progress. I’ve managed to rope my husband into helping me many mornings for at least a couple hours, so some of the projects are moving much faster and hopefully soon I’ll be ahead of the wave and spending time improving my soil and finishing up the beds I’ve already got started, making a nice inviting and nourishing home for all the plants to come in the future.
Sorry the posts have been scarce lately. I’ve been wicked busy with the yard and a new business I’m trying to get started. Both take lots of time and attention! I hope to return to being more regular now that the garden frenzy is over.