Not sure how the temps are in your corner of the world but it is still mighty cool here in Massachusetts. Luckily the nights are staying in the 30’s instead of the 20’s but we are still averaging 15 – 20 degrees below normal! This is pretty crazy and I am growing more impatient everyday! I would be interested to know how things are in your corner of the world, are your temps below normal like ours????
To keep my spirits up I’ve been researching cooler weather veggies, I decided to add beets, kale and carrots to my spring veggie assortment. Being so much cooler than normal it will likely delay my spring veggies from sprouting, but luckily these veggies can grow even in cool spring weather so I am keeping the faith they’ll sprout eventually.
I decided to try a few new brands of seeds this year, I used to always trust Burpee but I have not been as happy with the results so I spent last few weeks gallivanting the country side visiting nurseries and checking out other sources. I have have discovered Renee’s Garden and Plant Hart. I used Seeds of Change last year and was very pleased with my crops, so thought it would be good to try a few more new seed companies. I will be sure to let you know how they did.
My family thinks its hilarious that seed packets still cover our dining room table, a along with my notes and details ( I have kept old packets of last years seeds to compare with the new ones) I bought some specialty seeds (uncommon varieties) and very excited to see how these grow! I also have maps of my gardens, figuring out the placement of all these seedlings that are taking up space in our picture window….My obsession to gardening now includes my love for researching and shopping for seeds!!!! I just wish my vegetable garden was bigger!!!!
In the midst my hectic schedule and the seed shopping, I have managed to get out and work on other beds and areas of the yard. Many of the herbs and perennial flowers I planted last year did not fair well unfortunately. Our temps were really low and being fairly young, they likely were not established enough to survive our weeks of deep freeze temps.
My pink phlox (pictured above) somehow survived, after a summer of being chewed on and stripped naked by rabbits and our woodchuck, it is happily growing and wakening to welcome spring. My Bee Balm also survived, but unfortunately lost my lemon balm, peppermint, sage, thyme and others…..so disappointing. Many of these I planted in early July so if I decide to plant more I am going to plan to do so in May.
My peppers did so well in the front yard last year, that I have decided to save space in my veggie garden and grow all of them in the front garden beds this year. The sun and soil there grow happy pepper so figured I’d mix it up and turn the front beds into more veggies this year. As you can see in one of my front flower beds below, my daffodils have still yet to bloom. This time last year they were beautiful and bright. Cannot wait for them to open!
By some miracle I have most of the beds prepped and ready, with a handful more around the yard to get too. This yard is huge, its almost overwhelming! I am really happy that I am making good progress this year, last year putting in my veggie garden took a lot of time and some areas I did not manage to get to. Hoping I can get to all of them this season!
I would love to hear how the weather is fairing in your area and how your spring gardening is going! Happy gardening everyone and looking forward to reading your posts!