Finished, For Now

Yesterday was another warm and beautiful day, allowing me to put in the last of our spring gardens.  Just a week ago I wouldn’t have guessed it would be possible.



This one is mostly lettuce, but also has turnips, kohlrabi, radishes, Maruba Santoh, Yukina Savoy and tatsoi.

Under ideal conditions these gardens would have been planted a month ago. But conditions are rarely ideal.  We’re weeks ahead of last year, so I’m not complaining a bit.

Now planting is done for a while.  We’ll aim to put in the sweet corn around April 20, then start on the other summer veggies in May.

I’m hoping for a busy, food-filled summer.

15 comments on “Finished, For Now

  1. shoreacres says:

    Isn’t it wonderful when events conspire to make life easier rather than more difficult? What a sense of satisfaction you must feel. Now, if the weather and critters will give you a break, all will be especially well.


    • Bill says:

      I’m pleased to have it done, but that doesn’t mean the gardens are safe. We could still have a freeze. The deer could decide to eat them. Etc. But it’s good not to be fretting about getting the planting done.


  2. Bill, glad your spring planting is under way. This morning we here in Nebraska have been blessed with a nice covering of snow. Yes, that’s right, snow. It’s a balmy 34 degrees with nary a ray of sunshine. One thing I like about snows in the spring is that by the end of the day they are gone and all that nitrogen rich moisture has soaked into the soil intend of run off down the storm drain.

    I was out at the big garden yesterday just to poke around and see what’s going on there. Nothing happening there except spring thaw. I’m hoping to get out there soon and start working on the fence.

    Another thing that happened yesterday is another purchase of land. Well, a city lot. It’s only 60X45 but perfect for landscaping and beautification. It sits right on a corner. I probably won’t do much with it for at least a couple years but for $100, I just couldn’t pass it up.

    Have a great planting day in the garden.


  3. It looks beautiful, the turned earth and those green shoots. what a sense of satisfaction it must bring. We still have a lot of snow on the ground in my neck of the woods and winter seems like the man who came to dinner … when will it leave?


  4. beautiful – the poem (link) has not bearing on the great results and work there — however, I really like the writing (have read only this one so far) – Making All Things New: amylepinepeterson


  5. JenL says:

    I appreciate your sharing your planting progress. We live in the next county to yours, and I enjoy seeing your progress. We are a bit behind due to sickness but ready now to move ahead. Question: Do you start all your plants in a greenhouse (and when), or do you purchase them? (My seedlings are quite a bit smaller than yours.)


    • Bill says:

      I’m glad to know someone is finding the posts relevant to them. May your planting go well and lead to an abundant harvest!

      We don’t have a greenhouse so in the spring we buy most of our plants. The lettuce I started is much smaller than the plants in the picture. Those plants are much bigger than I would have preferred (and rootbound, as you would expect) but they’re all I could find.

      I’m able to start what I need for the fall, but we need a greenhouse for winter starts. It’s on my wishlist.


  6. Always impressed by the life of a farmer where weather and critters play such a vital part. Critters are something you can deal with but weather is going to do what weather is going to do. 🙂 –Curt


    • Bill says:

      The critters can be mighty frustrating. I just came in and there were six deer standing right next to the new gardens. They didn’t seem particularly concerned with me.


      • We have a herd that considers our property part of their territory and Peggy’s flowers as part of their browse. 🙂 She is constantly scolding them. Our garden (it’s small) has an 8-foot fence around it. –Curt


  7. df says:

    That must feel tremendously good. Those organized rows do something very powerful to our psyche, don’t they. To a good year in food!


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