Early March is an exciting time in the garden. Spring is in the air, the redbuds are blooming, seedlings are sprouting, perennials returning from their dormant winter. It’s time to harvest and cook the last of the winter crops and revitalize the soil for the new plantings. The last of the broccoli and Brussels sprouts (well, greens really) were processed and cooked in tasty dishes.
After the hard freeze, all the carrot greens had perished but the carrots were alive and well in the ground. That was until Pickles discovered them again and started digging them out to snack on. Soon after, Benji and Eddie followed suit. It was a tiny dog raid. I tried covering them with a blanket, but the wily dogs joined forces, pulling it off and getting back to digging. Drastic measures were required. We built a fence around the garden beds to distract them and also prevent them from tearing through the beds during their spirited games of chase.
Elsewhere in the garden, the ‘Bloomsdale’ spinach is thriving and growing strong. This is the best variety I have ever planted and will continue from now on. It is firm textured and tasty both fresh and cooked. To the left are tiny Watermelon radish sprouts, to the right ‘Primor’ leeks and ‘White Bermuda’ onions. In the back is a huge bed of tasty arugula, a large Italian parsley, and a few ‘Rainbow’ beets. The pots contain more onions, ‘Tuscan’ kale and ‘Bright Lights’ chard, a few red lettuces, and a hopeful ginger root. The white cylinders are our potato beds, an attempt to use the debris behind Will’s shop in a creative, productive way. I am planning on painting them blue so they don’t look so junky.
Meanwhile, miniature seedlings of green and purple tomatillos, three kinds of tomatoes, and Persian baby cukes are peeking out of their tiny pots. I hope they get big enough to be transplanted to the garden after the Spring equinox, which is when I usually plant these crops to avoid the danger of a late freeze. At that time I will also replant the hummingbird garden bed since the freeze killed some of the plants. Such a lovely time in the garden! A time of hope, renewal, and visions of ripe summer tomatoes.