Skip to main content

Digging In: Garden Prep For Spring & Summer

I know it's nearly spring because 1) I'm popping antihistamines and guzzling hot tea to soothe my allergies, and 2) we just planted broccoli, beets, carrots and broccoli rabe in the community garden plots this past weekend.

At home I planted three containers of bibb lettuce and four containers of Red Russian Kale. The herb seeds we scored at a recent Grow Share Charlotte seed swap are now planted in some old pots I found in our shed and soaking up the daylight in my office windows on folding TV trays. (We are some cheap frugal resourceful types, I tell you.) Hopefully in a week or so we'll have Lemon, Thai and Genovese basils, tarragon, lavender, marjoram and thyme friends sprouting.

Here are the herb pots below, transported in the Little Red Wagon Scott found abandoned and slightly paint-splattered on a property in Concord. Again, we're so cheap frugal resourceful.



We had a productive workday at the community garden on Saturday. Over 15 garden members mulched the new front walkway and added the county's compost to the new-to-us raised beds that Scott salvaged from a flood plain demo'ed property in our neighborhood. Sweet potatoes, watermelon and an herb/tea garden will go in the raised beds.

Scott and I also weeded and amended the soil on our two plots. In April we'll buy tomato and pepper plants to go with our Seed Savers Exchange okra, cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupe and bush green beans. Our row of five or six Swiss Chard plants survived their over-wintering and are sprouting little shoots, and we found two stray beets in the other plot.  We welcome all veggies -- intentional or not -- to our garden party!

And speaking of buying plants... if you're in the Charlotte area, come support the Winterfield Community Garden and its Garden Buds program, Saturday, April 16, 8:30-noon, at Winterfield Elementary, 3100 Winterfield Place. Our Plant Sale will offer lettuce, tomato and pepper seedlings and several varieties of flowers, and the school is hosting a yard sale, so please shop with us! 

It's amazing how a little bit more daylight and a few things planted in the ground can perk you up this time of year. While Scott loves the weather of the Pacific Northwest and Scotland, spring in the South is my favorite time of year, despite the deluge of yellow pollen currently kicking my tail.

I love the daffodils coming up to greet us in our front yard, the birds chirping, the kids coming out of hibernation to play in the neighborhood, and the opportunity to shed the winter wardrobe for some lighter garb. And of course I get to wear my favorite accessory - sunglasses!

What are your spring plans? Do you want to grow some veggies this year? Let us know!

Comments

  1. Sounds like you all are off to a great Spring start! I have a few seeds sprouting and plan to get cilantro and kale in the ground this weekend!! Perfect weather this week!! Thanks for sharing -- wish I had time for the seed swap, hope you will share your "seed haul" LOL Happy Gardening!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you have a secret for cilantro seeds? Mine aren't doing anything. Haven't had great luck with direct seed. Have fun!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Best Way to Keep Cannoli Fresh and Other Baltimore Stories

My mom and step-dad were up visiting for Thanksgiving and after gorging ourselves on turkey and the sites of D.C., I took them on a day-trip to Baltimore.

After a visit to my mom's favorite museum (she's a mosaic artist), we aimed for lunch at Rocket to Venus in Hampden. It was closed for lunch, but our trip up Charles St. wasn't for naught - we stumbled onto residents of 34th St. setting up their Christmas displays! This street is Christmas at its best, or worst, depending on your tolerance/interest in all things Christmas. Erin teases me for being a scrooge, but I have to admit, lights and what-not are nice at this cold and dark time of year.

After a brief walk through Hampden, we aimed for lunch at Kooper's Tavern in Fells Point. The tavern was most certainly open, with rowdy sports fans packing the bar and even spilling onto the sidewalk for fresh-shucked oysters. (My friend Gideon would have camped out right there for their Chincoteagues!) After some deliberati…

Adventures in Gardening

We're back with another edition of "Hey, we used to be bloggers." I am not so sure who reads blogs much anymore (hi Moms!) but hell, if e-newsletters are in again and the '90s "flatform" shoe is making a comeback, maybe we have a shot.

As I nurse a gin and tonic made of nothing but the finest (here's to you, cheap Chek tonic cans from the Mount Pleasant, SC Bi-Lo - sometimes you just buy things to get the job done, especially when you're en route to Vacation Weekend after a slight detour to fix a flat tire on I-26...), I'm mulling over what's happening so far in our garden plots. 
We went Tomato Crazy this year, planting 6+ mixed varieties in our raised beds that kinda-sorta get sufficient sunlight in our backyard, and 8 seedlings in one of our two Winterfield Community Garden plots. Hopefully we'll soon pick beautiful Red Delicious, San Marzano, Black Krim, Blue Gold Cherry, Brandywine, and a few "mystery" tomatoes, and I can …

Tea Time

Fall finally decided to show up here in Charlotte, NC this week.

Hoodies and sweaters were pulled out of closets, socks and slippers donned for the first time in months, and denim could be worn comfortably.

Oh denim. I've never understood people who wear jeans in Southern humidity. They're like sweaty straightjackets for your legs and torso. Skin was meant to breathe, y'all.

So with a chill in the air, one must make certain adjustments in all areas of life, from the closet to the kitchen. Gin & tonics are replaced with red wine. We buy apples and dried fruit for cereal instead of berries. And I trade daily cold drinks of seltzer for my favorite comfort of the cooler seasons - tea.

Scott & I share an affinity for tea, and we have our rituals. "Tea and Books and Bed" is a totally innocent affair that involves piling up with reading material and decaffeinated brews. You do have to watch Scott with tea - one drowsy moment can result in a messy spill, turning …