As I planted onion sets today in the garden, I enjoyed the scent of the hyacinths. After enjoying hyacinths forced to bloom in the house during the winter, I put the bulbs along the edge of the vegetable garden. So far, I've had good luck with the bulbs settling into the garden after being forced inside. The past few years, I've had purple hyacinths. They are really looking good back behind the cages where this year's tomatoes will be planted. You can see three with no blooms. Those were this year's forced bulbs. The were pink. After the flowers faded, I cut off the stems and put them out here. It's nice to have a little color in the raised vegetable beds during spring planting.
Spring came back to Garden on Sherlock Street today. We had some winter late last week with snow even. May get some rain or snow later this week too. March is fickle.
I put some seeds in the ground today. Lettuce, radishes, peas and kohlrabi. I like to set my cages up to help decide where to plant everything. I may need to move them a bit when I put in tomato plants and such. I don't till my garden. I try to keep straw on it some through winter buy laying the cages down to hold the straw when it is windy. This past winter, my cage placement worked very well. I just move the straw and work what I need by hand before putting in seeds or plants. The cold frames probably get the most digging as that is where I put the lettuce and other spring crops with small seeds. What you're seeing in the photo are the cages in place, the closest cold frame planted and the green sprouts of garlic and winter onions.
If you've read this blog for a bit, you know we suffered through a drought recently. While we got closer to our average rain amount last year, we're still pretty dry. Our city has many water conservation regulations in place and encourages rain water collection for landscape watering.
I have three rain barrels which I'll set up again once we're safely past freezing temperatures. This year, I'll eventually collect rain water in this large caged container too.
My father-in-law got it from an area farm co-op. It contained Roundup. So, there will be some rinsing of the container with the water only being used where we want to eliminate weeds (bindweed in particular--mostly in the alley) until we are certain all the chemical is out of the container. Then, it will become another place to store rainwater. I'll keep you posted on the set up. I really like that it is on a pallet.
I dug out my knee pads and worked through a few garden beds today. Weeds and volunteer annual flowers were removed and trash was gathered.
There is a lot to do still, but it felt good to be up close to the sprouts in the garden.
My knee pads are still in pretty good shape, but the elastic is stretching out. I can barely get enough Velcro in the back to come together to keep them on. I have some kneeling pads too, but wearing knee pads means there is one less thing I have to carry around while I'm working in the garden.
I was hoping to take my garden tour photos today for March, but it really clouded up while I was working and sprinkled for about 8 seconds. Looked kind of dreary. I'll get you some new photos soon.