Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Getting My Fingers Dirty... feels so good to be getting my fingers in the dirt again!

Last week during our beautiful spring-like weather, I spent several afternoons weeding my iris bed.  Did it ever need attention!  I still need to edge it, and should go back over it more thoroughly before the mulch gets put down, but it looks much, much better than it did before I started.  Darn chickweed!! That stuff is next to impossible to pull out, and if even the tiniest bit of root is left behind, it starts growing again.  Grrrr...

Oh well.

We had clouds and rain off and on since the weekend, but today I had a chance to plant a few cold tolerant veggies.  I like to plant these inside of old pallets...

It helps keep weeds at bay, and keeps the dirt from splashing up onto the leaves.  I planted kale...


...and even transplanted this lonely lettuce plant that wintered over nearby...

Then I worked up the ground next to the kale, spinach and lettuce and put down a "box" made out of old pallets that I was recycling from another year. I dumped in some potting soil that I had left over from when I planted my pansies, and worked that in with my garden hoe...

Then I spread out my Stuttgarder onion sets, and pushed them into the hungry soil...

I've usually just planted onions in rows in the garden, but the weeds take over so easily, and the ground around them gets hard and difficult to hoe, so I thought I'd give this a try for once.  We'll see how I like it.

It was so good to be out in the sunshine...although it's now clouded over again...and get my fingers in the dirt!  What are you planting in your gardens?


  1. i can smell the newly turned earth!

  2. Looks like you've been busy. I like the pallet idea until I think about what to do after it rots in a couple of years.

  3. Nice to see things grow already. I love your idea for weedless gardens.
    I'm afraid we're getting our usual St Patrick Day storm tomorrow with 10 cm of snow or about 4 inches. I still haven't started any seeds yet. I hope I get in the Spring mood soon...
    Have a nice week.

  4. Yea for you, Alicia! The gardening bug has crossed my mind as spring seems to have sprung early. Maybe. The weatherman said tonight that we are going to see overnight lows in the 20's.

    In the short 12+ years I've lived here I have experienced more late-March, April and May winter weather storms/blizzards than I have early springs.

    I'm going to keep thinking about gardening!

  5. What a great idea using the pallets for your plants. Those pallets come in handy for so many things.

  6. I like your pallet gardens. I planted some lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse. I am anxious for fresh greens.

  7. I see salads in your future! Yum!

  8. That is smart on the onions. Hopefully it'll help.

  9. Love the pallet idea! Now I want to try that one : )

  10. I'm looking forward to seeing how your pallet garden grows. :) I always wonder how well things do when I see folks doing this.


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