We. Are. Gardening.

img_0511Yes we are (gardening) and people may say we are crazy and maybe we are but the long term weather reports look GOOOD. So good that we have put in the potatoes, a row of snow peas and expect to plant English peas and onions soon.

The potatoes have been planted in a sunny protected bed on the south side of a slope and mounded with plenty of loose straw. With just a tiny bit of luck we can keep them from freezing and will have early early potatoes (yes I said early early). I know not what variety they are as we bought this huge bag of seconds from our local grocery last fall for a song and the leftovers have so beautifully sprouted I cannot believe they were irradiated. So. Not organic but not radioactive either.

To expound a bit more, most of them are planted under that foot and a half of chipped bark we laid around the cornfield about a year ago. That stuff is really composting down nicely and there is real dirt under all of it. Hopefully it will be ready to take a garlic patch this fall. I’m all about experimenting in the garden – but never reinventing  the wheel.

The snow peas are only a week or so earlier than ever before as I usually try to plant them by Valentines Day – once even in the snow! That was a funny moment. Planting peas in the snow. Truth be told it was just flurries.

Gene is currently working on shoring up the raised beds in the cornfield in a more permanent manner and then the English peas and onions will go in. Last fall we tried English peas but it just didn’t work out. Several problems.

first successful parsnips

first successful parsnips

“What made it through the winter?” you might ask. Two out of nine Brussels sprouts plants look real promising as do seven out of ten kale. A small patch of parsnips and a smaller patch of pak choi ready to pick soon. And a patch of lettuce that we have been able to munch on through the winter.

Of course the garlic is swell. And you may remember the leeks. There are leeks ready to eat that I started from seed in the fall of 2015 (yes that is correct 2015) and the 100 +/- leek slips from Pat are doing very nicely as are the shallots. I will plant a lot more shallots next year!

We are officially naming this year 2017 the “Year of the Allium”. Last year was “Year of the Summer Squash”.

img_2335This sink was framed in for the outdoor kitchen. There are a lot of great outdoor kitchen ideas on Pinterest and you can follow my Rustic Outdoor Kitchen board here. More to come. We had our hands on a marvelous big old cast iron sink but let it slip through our fingers so this is what we ended up with from the Restore in West Plains.

And most recently Gene built this mini green house (see below) on the south wall patio. It works! The temps are quite warm inside. Maybe too warm on a sunny day. Still needs some tweaking and if it doesn’t get too warm too soon I will put some baby plants in there.

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Seed catalogs are flying into the mailbox regularly and plans are well under way for spring and summer gardening. What is your favorite garden catalog? What would you like to grow that you have never grown before?

signature, Sarah

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3 Responses to We. Are. Gardening.

  1. Helen says:

    I’m trying seakale this year… no idea what it tastes like but it’s supposed to be like asparagus, I think.

    Good luck with all your veg.

  2. S says:

    Seakale. I have heard of it but haven’t the most remote idea! I hope you blog about it, I’m interested. And thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    so nice an keeps you busy as a beaver…..First time I can open your email attachments…its a long story…later. wonderful what you can do…love ya….mom

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