Last week the weather was so beautiful and warm here, I couldn't resist working in the yard. We have some daffodils that were planted 10 years ago. They have become overcrowded, so I separated those and replanted them in the new landscape plan.
(daylilies and daffodils)
I have a bunch more to transplant and will probably tackle it this week.
(these need to be divided so badly...)
We also cleared out a small space in the vegetable garden and planted two kinds of spinach, two kinds of leaf lettuce, mesclun mix of lettuce and Swiss chard (bright lights).
(I put a little fence around the bed to avoid trampling the seedlings and
to keep rabbits from munching on the greens)
Last year I tried planting these over by the porch and dining room window, but planted them way too late and they bolted. Plants bolt when the weather gets warm and they produce flower heads. The plant uses more energy to produce flowers, affecting the growth of the leaves which we want to eat. I'm hoping I planted them soon enough. I really love the Square Foot Gardening technique, but decided against the raised beds. We did create a square foot pattern with garden twine and planted the greens within the squares using the format in the book. The seed packet says these will be ready to harvest in 45 days. March 2 + 45 days = April 16. I think that's right.
My Great Grandaddy always said to plant your garden on or after Good Friday, that will be April 24 this year for us. The kids and I couldn't wait to get some new seeds. I was going to order them but I'm so impatient, and went to Walmart to pick them up. We also picked up some marigold seeds from the Dollar Tree. Last year I planted marigolds around the garden on the outside edge. I think it helped deter the deer and rabbits from eating our carrots. We'll plant those when it's a little warmer.
When do you begin planting in the ground?
This post has been linked to:
- Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage
- Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
- Grow Eat Save at $5 Dollar Dinners
- Grow Cook Eat at Good Life Eats