Thursday, March 03, 2011
Spring Garden Cleanup
Yesterday it was really beautiful out and so I went out in the garden and did a bit of a spring cleanup. In front of our house we have a (very small) garden in the ground which is all decorative - mostly perennials and bulbs and then I stick in a few annuals every year. I didn't take any photos of that but did clean it out pretty well. Our back patio where we do all our veggie gardening is bricked over so everything is in containers. Most of them are self-watering containers, including these ones that I made out of big Ikea bins which work pretty well. I had mostly cleaned out the containers in the fall but I went back and removed the leaves and debris which had accumulated, loosened up the soil, and pulled out any large roots that were still in there. I was tempted to go right ahead and plant a bunch of seeds but since we are now having another cold snap I decided it would be better to wait a week or so. There are still a few things growing in the garden from last fall, though, including the parsley you can see above.
There's also a few spinach plants...
Some scraggly arugula...
And some swiss chard. I'm guessing all of these will grow a bit more as the weather warms up and then I will see if there's anything worth harvesting. There's actually also a few lettuce plants that overwintered that seem pretty tough - not sure if they will be at all edible - and some scallions which I think should be OK.
Finally, I have a big pot with several kinds of herbs, but the thyme and sage had died off over the winter so I picked up some new plants and stuck them in with the surviving chives, oregano, marjoram and rosemary. Having fresh herbs on hand all the time is one of my favorite parts of having a garden (especially at times like this when there isn't a whole lot else going on on in the garden) so I am glad to have the herb pot fully stocked again.
How about you? Is it warm enough where you live to start cleaning out your garden and thinking about planting seeds? What are you planning to grow this year?