We Begin Again

It's here!!  It's here!!  Planting day finally arrived for our cole crops and it was GLORIOUS!  The stars are in alignment and everywhere we went (one nursery, one seed shop, one hardware store, and one organic feed store) had something wonderful that we needed or wanted.  The plants were the healthiest I have ever seen them and we weren't picking over the last of the flats anywhere.

Last night I was leery as it POURED rain for awhile and we have had two weeks of flooding and non stop rain, but our backyard drains really well and the soil was perfect for planting.  There was indescribable joy at deciding what all of the rows should be.  Really it bordered on giddiness.  I may have this flawless map going into the planting season, but when I get into the nursery all bets are off.  You never know.  I may find something that I can't live without and need a row and a half of it.

We ended up with at least four kinds of lettuce today (Red Sails, Red Salad Bowl, Butter Crunch, Romaine, and one other I can't remember the name of) in addition to mesclun, collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, beets, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, onion sets, leeks, sweet peas, radishes, more mint, oregano, parsley, and thyme.  Oh yes and pansies cause the porch needed some color.

The garlic is doing well and looking like it will be ready in the next month or so.  Especially if this divine sunshine continues.  I also found upon closer inspection that my thyme, oregano, tarragon, and dill are all coming back this season.  I still put in the additional thyme and oregano and will let them take over the area they are in this summer.  Those glorious chives are so thick that I think they are going to need to be divided.  I could wallow in the sunshine and dirt right now I am so happy to see it.  It is certainly the reward for surviving this last winter.  

This gorgeousness is more leeks than even I could cook in a year, but at $4 a bundle, we couldn't really go wrong.  If you need leek sets, holla.  I have a few.  

I also ended up with quite a bit of arugula (love it, can't get enough of it, would eat it on everything) and space was tight in the garden so I put it in it's own container.  I'll let you know how it does.  I bought too many several and there was just no more room in the rows.

There was a cool happening today that I am attributing all of the good garden juju to and that is the super big moon tonight. I think it bodes well that all of the cole crops went in today and mother moon, in all of her splendor, will be shining down on them tonight.

We will be newspapering the rows in the next few days and mulching on top of that in an effort to curb those terrible no-good weeds this season.  Cross your fingers that it works.  In the meantime, the growing season has finally arrived, cycle two of the garden is here, and I can dig in the dirt awhile and start to think about what things I want to put up this summer.  Please send me all fabulous pickle/chow-chow/relish/pepper jelly recipes.  I will be needing them.  Happy planting, friends, and welcome to Spring!  



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