Remember how I said, several times, I wasn't putting a seed or transplant into my garden until June 1st this year? Broken promise, shattered promise. Already.
Spring has finally sprung and winter is (almost) forgotten. There's still that stubborn line of snow down past the blueberry patch, but a couple of days ago while getting some of the raised beds in shape for the season, I found the soil to be actually warm a couple of inches down. So here's my admission. I couldn't stop myself from planting my onions. Yes, I did it and I'm glad.
Plus, even though I've vowed to give up trying to grow the lovely Sweet Pea flowers because of their extremely poor showing for me the last few years, I planted them late yesterday (after soaking the seeds for 24 hours) at the base of the hoop trellis over one of the raised beds. One more chance, little Sweet Peas, and if you fail me again this year, our friendship is over.
Our fall-planted garlic was uncovered a few days ago and the little green shoots have shot up to 3" tall. Mulch also has been removed from the mint bed and, as usual, it looks deader than a door nail. I think I've finally learned that it's not (some people, and perhaps plants wake up slowly) and will begin to show life if I'm just patient.
The asparagus bed has had all the old fern debris removed (ugh, what a job) and made pretty in anticipation of the first spears to appear. I spent a good part of the day yesterday removing all the winter mulch from the strawberries. Now to watch for a couple of days to see how many weeds pop up among the plants, then remove them and mulch between the rows and around each plant to make for clean picking around the end of June.
Our temperatures look good for the coming week although there's a bit of moisture in the forecast including that for today and tomorrow. But I feel confident the gardening season has begun. Lots of cool weather crops that can go in right now including peas, potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard.
You know where I can be found for the next couples weeks. Eating crow and burying lots of little vegetable seeds in the soil in the hope and anticipation of a bountiful harvest in a couple/few months. Let the gardening begin!