first of spring

We have been busy in the garden the past two weekends.  It has been so warm – 80s in the days and 50s at night – it feels like the first of summer.  We built three new raised beds and filled them with soil and compost.  We bought three raspberry plants to put in one bed.  The other two will have tomatoes, basil, peppers, some flowers, and maybe some greens or beans.

On Saturday we planted more than 100 sweet onion plants.  We plan to use some as green onions, since sweet onions don’t store well.  We also planted four strawberry plants next to the perennial herbs, and are pinching the flowers off this year to let the plants get bigger.   The herbs that overwintered are rosemary, lavender, oregano, cilantro, creeping thyme, dill, and parsley.  We will probably add more cilantro, lemongrass, and maybe a few others.  Arugula also overwintered without any protection.  It is flowering now and we love that it gets a little spicier after it flowers.  The garlic is coming up very well.  We planted about 90 cloves in the fall, so we’re hoping for a good garlic year.

We were surprised to see tomatoes and basil at the nursery this weekend.  Last year we planted tomato, sweet potato, and pepper starts around April 18th, and covered them with row covers at night to protect from the cold.   It seems crazy that the weather is about 4 weeks ahead this year. We did plant some chard starts from the nursery, as we haven’t had much success with direct sowing.  So excited for the growing season!!

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