early spring

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I think it’s safe to say that spring is really here. And still light out at 7:30 pm? Yes, thank you! The spring peepers in our little cove of the lake started peeping a week or so ago, and to me, that is the sound of spring and summer. It makes my whole body smile to hear them.

The spring-time garden season has officially begun here as well, and the first seeds have been planted. A few weeks ago, I was a little worried whether my excitement for planting this year’s garden was ever going to come. I became a little bit discouraged at an epic fail of my late summer planting. We have a wormy-looking, root-eating soil dweller, taking over the universe out there, and I need to somehow identify what it is so I can figure out what to do about it. But anyway, all it took was a single afternoon out there – working in the soil, weeding, harvesting a pot of soup’s worth of root vegetables – and I realized my worries were for nothing. I simply LOVE to be in the garden. Challenges and all, the garden is a place where I feel happy and at peace.

Notes: March 9: Planted tomato seeds (8 each – Riesentraube, Black Cherry, Purple Cherokee, Orange Banana), 8 ground cherry, a couple dozen sugar snaps, a couple dozen bush beans, a dozen red onion, and a whole lot of basil. I didn’t plan ahead very meticulously, and assumed I had certain seeds on hand that I don’t, so I have just ordered cucumber, summer squash, more peas and a few different herbs. Also, we are thinking about changing the layout of our garden beds this year, so hopefully we will get that worked out in the next couple weeks.

Will you grow a garden this year? Have you started planting? I love to hear what fellow gardeners are up to. In fact, a quick trip to the food co-op today turned into a 45 minute gardening chat. There are always things to learn from each other.

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  1. Denise

    i feel the same way about being in my garden – time slows down and my body relaxes. I have not planted anything…yet!

  2. Marri

    Let us know how the sugar snaps go — I planted some in the fall here in SoCal and they were hit or miss. So many of my seedlings shriveled up, but a few blossomed like crazy!

    Tomato, pepper, and cucumber seeds planted here. Lettuces and spinach growing like weeds!

  3. Tree Pruning Brooklyn

    Great start for an early spring! The fullness that consumes me when its spring and summer time during the evening is enough to fuel a man for centuries worth of gardening and outdoors.

    -Samudaworth Tree Service

  4. taprootfarms

    Leeks and two different varieties of onion are already done, now on to tomatoes, then cabbage, bush beans, carrots, squash, zucchini, kale, lettuce, spinach, arugula, potatoes, herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, and possibly kohlrabi. And then garlic in the fall! (This will be our first go at garlic and I am so excited) I am loving all this garden talk!

  5. birchbarksoap

    So, so many things to learn! That’s part of what I love about it. We’ll definitely be planting and have our seeds on hand, but it won’t be any time soon. The ground is frozen solid right now, so my gardening consists of daydreams. πŸ™‚

  6. Liesl

    Ah, gardening season! We have our seeds bought. We wait and buy plants for things like broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, instead of starting them indoors from seed. If I can find the means and space to do it, I’d like to give it a try next year. But for now, I’m waiting for the warmer weather. (There is a snow forecast for tomorrow again!)
    Last week I was in our local library with my Mom and we noticed they started up a Seed Saving Exchange. You borrow seeds, grow the plants, and then save the seeds for yourself and the rest go back to the “seed library” for others to grow and “borrow.” I’d always wanted to learn more about saving seeds and I guess now is as good a time as any. (We got some lettuce, basil, parsley and sunflower to try.)

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