Jumping the gun

Jumping the gun

Yesterday I planted peas (2 kinds) and radishes, arugula, a raddiccio mix and an endive mix (from Seeds of Italy), an intriguing-looking plant called Saltwort, also from Seeds of Italy which is apparently all the rage in the finer restaurants of that fair land, laccinato kale, and interplanted spinach seeds amongst the transplants (which are looking sad, but that’s what transplants do for a few days). It’s only March and I know, despite our recent spate of 50 and 60 degree weather, that there will be more snow. But I’ve decided I don’t care!

So it snows? So the seedlings die — I’ll just plant more. And if they do make it, I’m ahead of the game. At this point they’re in raised beds in 3 inches of new compost and the soil temperature was 46 degrees — which seems like spring to me. So we’re off …

I did make one big concession to traditional gardening over my methods from last year — I planted things in actual rows. Last year I did a lot of broadcast sowing, which was fine, but I found it difficult to interplant, or to succession plant — so this year I’m going to try being a tiny bit more disciplined, and I planted actual rows. I also figure it’ll be a little easier to remember what was where if it’s planted in some sort of orderly fashion.

Today’s chore is to clean up the front flower bed and put in the last of the compost … but I’ve got a ladies lunch birthday party to go to (me? ladies lunch? these are the things one does in a new town when making friends), so today’s chores might not get done until tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Jumping the gun

  1. Heh, well…if you go to the ladies lunch with a little good dirt under your fingernails maybe it will expedite ferreting out the really kindred spirits in the group. The curmudgeon in me finally gave up on a neighborhood book club a few years back when they engaged in a spirited (and serious!) discussion of a behind-the-scenes look at the secret life of Princess Diana — a lovely and tragic young woman, I have no doubt, but, well…better luck to you!

  2. Ah, with the FREEZING cold we’ve had here the last few days, all hope of gardening yet have passed, and we’ve gone back to hoping our house up north hasn’t frozen . But stones and soil and seeds have started getting delivered, so all hope is not lost!! Good luck to your little seedlings. . . .

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