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.
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.
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!