A few weekends ago I decided that, February or no February, this weird warm winter meant it was time to plant some things.
I've gone about things all backwards. Though I planted a bunch of cool-weather seeds outside, I have yet to start my indoor transplants--which should have been done in the middle of February, except that it was so nice out in the middle of February that I did all the outdoor stuff instead.
C'est la vie.
So! Without further ado, here's what's going on in the garden:
|Layers of expansion.|
Lots of crops do well in cooler weather and can tolerate cold temperatures and even a light frost. These include cabbage, kale, broccoli, lettuces, chard, peas, and carrots. Some, such as kale, even get a flavor-benefit if you let them get a bit frosty. Some of these do better when directly seeded (as opposed to being started as transplants) than others.
After about three weeks, here's how they're doing:
|A row of Forellenschluss lettuce.|
|Carrots (bottom center).|
|A pea plant.|
All three kinds of lettuce are sprouting; the Forellenschluss seems to be doing the best so far.
The chard and the kale are growing encouragingly well.
Really the only disappointment is the carrots. Last year I planted ollllld carrot seed as an afterthought in a corner of the garden when I was getting impatient but it was too cold and wet to really plant anything out. They grew like gangbusters and Meg enjoyed the bounty for the next almost nine months:
|Some were as big as she was.|
But since I used my entire packet of carrot seed (grumble), I'll have to buy more if I want to try again. So I'm hoping I just need to be patient.
And then there's these beauties:
I also have these little volunteer garlics growing:
Do you keep a garden, vegetable, flower, or mineral (rock gardens totally count)? Do you have an outdoor space or do you do containers? What foods do you like to grow?