Happy Easter weekend to all those who celebrate! It has been too long since I’ve written; we’re in the process of closing on a new home and it has been nothing short of a whirlwind experience. That said, we are beyond thrilled to be moving to a more rural area where there will be ample space for, you guessed it, gardening. My ultimate goal is to transform our yard into an edible habitat, for both us and the local wildlife. In the meantime, I had anticipated some chaos and rather than try to rush to get things growing in our new yard, I opted to rent a second plot at the community garden for one last year of #plotlife. This will afford me the opportunity to leisurely assess our new landscape over the next year; particularly sunlight and water retention/drainage.
So, where do the plots stand? The community garden opened March 15th and I went the following weekend to put in two types of peas (Dual and Purple Mist) as well as two types of kale (Lacinato/Dino and Dwarf Blue). The second weekend I was joined by my dear friend Amee, and spent a few hours amending soil and sowing five varieties of carrots (Scarlet Nantes, Red Samurai, Ox Heart, Gold Nugget F1 and Danvers) and two kinds of lettuce (Intred [red Little Gem] and Truchas).
Today, the onion plants went in. Yes, for the second year in a row I have failed to start my own onions from seed. I sowed them densely, watered only from the bottom, allowed the soil to dry completely between waterings, etc. and still they didn’t make it. Hopefully my seed starting conditions (mostly lighting and air circulation) will be better in our new home. [fingers crossed] Both sets of seed potatoes have arrived as well; I have Yukon Gems and Purple Vikings chitting in the spare bedroom. They’ll be divided and planted in a couple of weeks after they’ve developed robust eye growth.
I also have some flowers and herbs that have been transplanted into their final homes. Their pots get placed out in the sun on warm days and brought in when overnight lows are expected to reach freezing. This, of course, is the beauty of container gardening — mobility. My peppers, tomatoes and eggplants, you might ask? Well, they’re passing the days away under grow lights in a cozy greenhouse in our spare bedroom. I expect they will be planted out late April/early May.
I want to thank all of you for your patience while we transition. I hope to resume providing first-hand testimony for useful gardening techniques alongside helpful tips and tricks fueled by my own failures to assist your gardening journey within a few weeks. In the meantime, if any of you have pressing questions for me or your fellow readers please feel free to reach out and I will share accordingly. Cheers, friends!