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.
My rhubarb is looking great, strawberries overwintered really well this year, and the hops vine I had hoped to contain in a wooden planter (hops will NOT be contained!) is showing a few green tips.
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!
Monsoon season has given us a break from the 90s and 100s and the garden is lovin’ it! It’s all about production right now; what all the work and care and squash bug hunting was hoping to achieve. So lovely to head out in the cool of the morning, harvest basket in hand, and “shop” in the freshest produce market around. I’ve been cooking with my fresh veggies, roasting, peeling and freezing green chiles and washing and freezing tomatoes to make pasta sauce later.
I talk to my plants as I harvest, tress up, and pluck bugs. “Aren’t you beautiful!” “Oh look at how much you’ve grown!” “Why hello there, zucchini!” I think they like it. I don’t care if the neighbor kids catch me. Not even worried that you think I’m crazy, because I bet at least some of you do the same thing. 🙂
Gardens are really, really pretty; overall and close up. My garden tends to look a bit formal, being in raised beds. However, you know how some plants can be, spreading their seeds everywhere. I allow a few of those seeds to stay where they land. The volunteer dill, hollyhock, marigolds, and sunflowers add a bit of wildness I like. Here’s a little tour of my garden at the peak of its fantabulosity–Aug 7, 2013. (Some of my squash are planted in between perennial in a different spot.)
How are your gardens? What are you harvesting and enjoying right now?
Wanna see how this garden got started? Check out other posts from Heidi Mae’s Garden:
Goodbye Cool Season, Hello Warm Season
Bring on the Heat