Usually we plant our garlic in the fall but this year, the ground froze before we could get it in. Instead, Jamey planted cloves (from last year) in sand and kept them in a cool place. They sprouted nicely and he transplanted them into the garden. They are under these tomato cages. The cages were just to keep the chickens from scratching about in them until they were banished from the garden for the spring/summer.
Two unhappy, banished ladies (Silver-Laced Wyandotte and Ameracana)
The lettuce/spinach bed...
When the next cold snap comes along, plastic will cover the poles, protecting the tender shoots.
The onion bed. This bed is crucial this year. Last year, we grew enough for tomato sauce and salsa, but didn't have enough through the winter. We're not sure what happened (the year before we had plenty), but we've switched varieties and are crossing our fingers.
Below we have a new garden pea experiment. The past few years, we have planted our peas all along the garden fence. This provided support for the peas, so there was no need for staking them. Sounds ideal, right? The un-ideal part was that stubborn grass would snake it's way under the fence from the yard and choke out some of the peas even with repeated attempts to hoe around the outside of the garden AND an attempt at laying cardboard down around the outside of the fence and partially underneath.
So, Jamey is feeling all brazen and crazy this year and he is going to plant our peas in one big bed. This is not standard pea planting procedure, but it is an option according to The Vermont Bean and Seed Company, so we're going to give it a try.
Giant garden pea bed.
In addition to planting, Jamey pruned our fruit trees (four-year-old peach and apple trees, a total of 10) and the red raspberry bushes.
Red raspberry canes (about half of our total bushes).
He also uncovered our strawberry plants. Strawberry plants get covered with mulch late in the fall to protect them from harsh freezes. In the spring, they need to be uncovered. They may appear dead to the world, but once the sun shines on them for a few days, they begin to green-up. I can almost taste those first few sun-warmed strawberries. Mmmmm. Less drooling. More typing.
Uncovered strawberry plants- hard to see now, but they're there.
While Jamey was out prepping the garden and planting, I tackled some of the flower beds close to the house, especially the beds and planters that will hold our herbs and ever-prolific mint. We won't have to plant parsley this year. All three of my parsley plants (which resembled bushes) wintered over and are starting to grow already.
So, we're off. Now we wait and watch for sprouts, baby lettuces, asparagus and strawberries. It's been quite awhile since we've had fresh produce and our taste buds are getting very excited at the prospect. Pin It