The Vernal Equinox is tomorrow, March 20, 2014. Spring brings hope for a planting season to come, but here on the Western Slope, Winter hangs around in the shadows and promises at least a few more hard frosts and possible snow. Still, warmer days invite a gardener outside. Gardens can be cleaned of last year’s litter, soil can be turned and amended, perennials can be trimmed back, and you might be rewarded with a few slivers of green.
I went on a search for a bit of green earlier this week, and found cilantro had sprouted from last year’s seeds.
Perennial herbs like tarragon, chives, garlic chives and parsley were peeking out. Parsley is a biennial. The first year it makes leaves, and in the second year, it will bloom this year, set seeds and die. No amount of plucking off the bloom stems will stop it.
I’m looking forward to getting my beds amended and a few cool season crops like potatoes and peas planted in the next couple of weeks. Mt. Garfield Greenhouse recently opened for the 2014 season. Garden season is right around the corner!