Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring is coming!

You may have heard that the groundhog predicted early spring.  I don't normally put a lot of faith in what old Phil says, but it has seemed to be so.  We had quite a few warm days in February.  After a particularly cold winter (I didn't check the weather records, this is just my opinion) and being stuck inside so much, the warm sun is a welcome friend!  We are back to spending entire days outside and my spirit is slowly recovering from its cabin fever.

We have been spending quite a bit of time in the garden.  For those of you who don't know, I have sold a share of my garden produce this season to my friend Laura.  I have been calling it my "1 person CSA".  This fact has completely changed the way I am planning for the  season.  Since the shares begin on May 15th, that requires that I have produce to share by then!  It has both complicated and simplified the process.  It has complicated it, in that I had to be extremely careful in the varieties I chose to grow and in getting things started at exactly the proper time.  It has simplified things in that the entire garden is planned down to the day.  I know what tasks need to be done in the garden on any particular day.

Here are a few photos of things that are happening in the garden.

We have things growing windows in the kitchen and in the living room. 

Brandon is working on a new 3 bin composting system for me.

Theo is also helping! ;)

The composter will have 3 sections.  One for finished compost, one for cooking compost and one for adding new stuff.  As the "cooking" section becomes cured and I use all of the finished material, the bins will rotate.  The plans hare here if you are interested in building one for your own garden.

The peas are in and a few are up.  

Lettuce, onions and garlic are doing well.

Some carrots actually overwintered.  I am going to see what they do.  They look good and healthy.

This entire bed is planted in 6 varieties of lettuce.  

This will be an herb bed, but I have it planted in spinach right now.

I'll leave you with that, for now.  There will be more to come!


  1. Oh, now I wish that I had some lettuce in the ground too! Maybe I will be brave and plant some this weekend. Love all the in action photos!

  2. Do it, Judi! Lettuce is easy (and yummy)!