I might be a little bit ahead of myself here, but I am having so much fun getting my spring garden going! After a couple of weeks of waiting, I finally have lots of little seedlings popping up. SO exciting! I love going outside every morning to check on how many new things have popped up overnight.
This year is going to be a big learning curve for me, as I get myself acclimated to a new growing zone. I had a wonderful productive garden in New York. But now I’ve gone from hardiness zone 5a to zone 8a–a HUGE jump–so what I can grow and when I can grow them will be very different here! So far, I have things that should be hardy down to a light freeze planted in the one raised bed we’ve built so far, and everything else started in peat pots. I also have 2 tomato plants that will permanently be in big plastic pots on the patio. I’m taking the seedlings in the peat pots outside and putting them in the sun every morning, then bringing them inside at night. The potted tomatoes are brought in only if there’s a risk of freezing. So far, so good.
This is one of my young cabbage plants…the only things (besides the patio tomatoes) that I planted from starts rather than from seeds:I realized I had forgotten to order cabbage seeds, and when I was at Walmart last week I figured I’d buy some. Then I saw that they had 9-packs of cabbage starts, and thought, “Why not?!” Ha ha ha. So these are my cheater plants!
Here are a few of my sugar snap pea seedlings, FINALLY popping up about 2 weeks after being planted:I’m really unsure how these will do here. In New York I planted these in late March, a good 6-8 weeks before we got past freezing weather, and they produced well into late June and early July. But we had cool springs and summers up there, and I’m just hoping I can harvest a decent amount before the heat here kills them off! They might be better planted in the fall to grow through the winter. I’ll try that later this year.
Here are a couple of tiny spinach seedlings:I was pleasantly surprised to see these yesterday. The day after I planted them, it rained hard…and continued to do so for 3 days. I was sure the seeds had all washed away, especially since for 2 weeks or so I didn’t see any sign of anything growing in here. But here they are.
These are lettuce seedlings, that will need to be thinned quite a bit here shortly:Those seeds were SO tiny…I just sprinkled them around hoping they were somewhat even. It looks like I sprinkled a LOT more than I needed to, don’t you think?
And finally, here are a few of my peat pot strips:I have a whole bunch of these going, but just snapped a picture of these. The super tiny row on the far left is oregano, followed from left to right by basil, tomatillos, and okra. I’ve never grown okra before. The seedling color is very interesting, almost a neon yellow rather than the pale green leaves and white stems of most of the other seedlings I have growing so far. I HAD a bunch more okra seeds ready to plant, but somebody accidentally threw them in the trash. I had them soaking in a cup of water in the kitchen and Jonathan, while washing dishes, threw them away. I’ve got some new ones soaking now, and have told Jon what they are so he’ll leave them alone!
We’re planning on building some sawed limestone raised beds for the rest of the garden. We’ve been pricing out materials and getting quotes from a few landscaping/masonry people. Now we need to figure out if we’re going to pay someone to do them for us (by far the easiest route, lol) or save some money by trying to make it a DIY project. We shall see what happens soon, I hope!
So, what do y’all have growing in YOUR gardens? Or what are you planning to grow in a few months if you’re still currently buried under snow?