It was so nice to read all your comments and emails telling me how much you are looking forward to the new season and the Tuesday Garden Party- thank you! I love it, too, and am so glad to have you guys to share it with! So without further ado…
What garden chores have you accomplished by this first weekend of March- or what do you hope to accomplish?
If not for a glorious weekend, I might have been in the “here’s what I hope to get done” camp, but with temps in the 60s I was itching to get my hands in the dirt last Saturday.
My asparagus beds looked like this when I arrived in the garden. I know I’m supposed to cut them down in November…but I think I’ve confessed to being a “fair weather gardener” haven’t I?
Plus by November I’m totally in a holiday mode. It’s like, “Asparagus? What asparagus?”
Forty-five minutes later it’s all cleaned and ready for the spears to sprout. Last year I had trouble with late frosts, so I covered each mound with a protection of fall leaves to see if I can’t save those early spears from frost damage.
Cutting the brown asparagus fronds down should’ve only taken about 30 minutes, but I had to stop and weed out a number of these babies. On the right is a thistle-type plant and on the left is my least favorite early spring weed we’ve dubbed “poppers” (don’t you love my high-falutin’ sounding botanical names?) because if you let that pretty little white flower go to seed before it’s pulled, a thousand seeds will pop from it when it’s touched.
Seriously pop – I’ve had them fly up into my eyes and hair! I remember writing about them last year, too- so obviously I don’t get to them all before they pop.
I’m living on the wild side (you know that’s tongue-in-cheek, don’t you?) here at AOC by planting a few rows of early vegetables. Just to see how they fare. It all depends on our weather and some years we have cool and crazy springs (like the last two) and some are mild and wet.
Around the onions I planted in the fall (above) I sowed three rows of early spinach. If you look closely in the upper right corner, you can see the 2 little spinach plants that survived from the fall sowing. Or I should say, the third fall sowing. It was not a good fall for spinach.
In this bed – the upper part of one of my 12-foot beds (you can see the old, dead tomato plants I’ve yet to clean up in the other part *cough*) – I sowed two rows of carrots and two rows of beets.
I’ve no idea how these will turn out, but I have learned I can do at least one thing to help them out a little:
Sprinkle slug bait all around them. If I didn’t they’d have no chance whatsoever.
So now it’s just up to the weather.
What are you guys up to in your gardens?