Tuesday Garden Party- It’s Starting To Look Like Spring…

Last weekend I was able to get quite a few things planted and the garden is definitely taking on the look of a spring garden (instead of a dead, needing to be cleaned up garden).

I planted some lettuce seedlings I started from seed as well as a couple rows of spinach (a late-spring variety) and more lettuce.

This is the bed with the cole crops: broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. I always plant this family of vegetables in the spring and cover immediately with a floating row cover to protect from insects and give a warming growth burst. Visit this page to see the dramatic difference it can make in the growth of your seedlings.

They’re still pretty small, but they’ll take off soon, I’m sure!

I like to use onions to edge some beds. They don’t take up a whole bed on their own this way, look nice as they grow and I can plant in the center when the time comes.

In the front flower beds, one of my favorite perennials is blooming: Brunnera “Jack Frost.” Isn’t that gorgeous? What is even better is that it will look like this for the next few months and those lovely glowing leaves will light up the dry shade of the trees I have it growing under! Love. It.

Our daffodils bloomed a bit early this year and I was afraid I wasn’t going to get to see the yellow blooms with the blue forget-me-nots, with I also love. Whew. Doesn’t that just scream “Spring?”

Inside, the peppers finally came up (two weeks to emerge even with the heat mat- ugh, I had just about given up on them!) and the tomatoes and basil need to be moved to bigger pots (when they get their first couple sets of “true” leaves, the ones that come after the little leaves that emerge from the seed).

I also started six sunflowers inside to get some earlier flowers. I bought a pastel mix called “Monet’s Palette” and I’m excited to see what they look like.

I haven’t given you an update on my hydroponic basil since I mentioned I was trying it, so I snapped this picture. I’ve harvested about three times already (plus a leaf here and there for cooking) and we’ve had fresh pesto. To be honest, I’m not sure what I think about this, but it was easy. And a gift, so I don’t need to worry about the frugality (or rather, not…) of it. *smile*

Are things hopping along in your gardens yet? Are those of you who’ve had a lot of snow this year able to plant anything yet or see some signs of spring? Here’s hoping!





  1. says

    Those row covers doing an amazing job! I wonder if they would help with our harlequin bug issue. The bugs show up much later in the season so I am able to harvest a lot of broccoli, but I hate losing the end of the harvest.

  2. Denise says

    Things are looking good :) We’ve had problems with the pepper plants we put out (just bought ones) not sure if it was too early, high winds, grubs and bugs or all of the above :-/ We put in some nematodes last week hopefully they will eat the grubs and things will perk up.

  3. says

    our snow is almost all gone here in Alberta Canada…but we are waiting on about a foot to fall again tomorrow!!! grrrr….spring storms are the worst!
    hopefully we will be planting by the end of May outdoors…for now I settle for my greenhouse!
    thanks for hosting this party…I hope my contribution is suitable!

  4. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Barb- I use the row covers half the season for the bugs, I think. I’d definitely try it for your bug issue!

    Denise- Where do you live? Pepper plants need it warm with nights consistently above 50 degrees. Maybe you can cover them if your nights are dipping below that?

  5. says

    Wow, your seedlings look amazing. I have no idea if mine are going to make it. My poor paste tomato seedlings aren’t doing as well as my other tomato ones. Who knows! But your basil looks great! Thank you or the update.

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