As I walked the garden this morning I was looking for signs of plant growth. Yes, this eager gardener can’t wait to get outside again. The buds on the Camellia are plump but not ready to open yet.
Over the last couple of day temperatures have risen to around 40F and all of a sudden the birds returned to the garden. This is not a very good photo as the birds didn’t want to come pose for me and kept their distance. I long for a new camera that can take a closeup. The birds loved flicking the leaves that been had placed on the gardens in the fall. Under each leaf they could find worms to munch on. There is nothing better than watching the bids at this time of year.
I was reading over last years posts and noticed that the rhubarb had started to grow at this time last year. This year its center stem is starting to grow. Strawberries are also starting to green up. I love seeing signs of life in the garden.
I hadn’t walked over to the kitchen garden since before Christmas. I peeled back the floating row cover on the garlic bed and to my surprise the garlic is up. Its time to give the floating row cover a bit of slack so the stems can grow. I don’t need to cover the garlic but it has kept the raccoons and cats out of the garden beds. I had planted a cover crop of field peas. Well, they look awful. Something decided the plants were tasty as there is not much left of them. I may dig them into the soil soon. I am not sure if they have been of much benefit to the soil so far but digging them under will add organic matter to the soil.
Another sign that spring is not far away are the leaves of crocuses pushing their way through the mulch. Its time to pull back the mulch around these tiny flowers so they can be seen.
I read that when the dandelions bloom it’s a sign I can plant potatoes. My stored potatoes are growing in the garage and need to get in the ground. Our winters are too warm to store the harvest well. The garage doesn’t stay cold enough anymore. I think I may try some new storage methods like Karen has on her blog, The Art of Doing Stuff where she talks about long term storage. I mean what’s the point in growing crops if you don’t store them properly. I will have to get organized with some bins and try this technique out. On my trip to the grocery store today I saw cauliflower at $6 each. Its time to think about growing more vegetables I can store over the winter.
So what I am I planting this month? I will start some Sweet Peas as I want to grow them along a fence that Farmer Jim is installing. I will also be starting onions from seed which is new to me. It takes longer to grow them from seed but you have more choice when it comes to varieties. I will also start some Impatiens. I stopped buying them when the downey mildew became a problem over the last few years. This year I will start some Impatiens seeds to fill the shade garden. I am looking over seed catalogues and trying to restrain myself. I may have to buy some Browallia seeds for the shade garden. The plants are so hard to find around here. I would love to grow some blue and white Browallia this spring.
Are you growing something new to you this year? I challenge myself to try new seeds and plants each year.