Thursday, February 7, 2008

2nd week in February...spring planting has begun!

Today is February 7th and it's been warm and sunny for a couple of days. Spring fever is definitely in the air around these parts...I've been waiting impatiently for a day when I have the time to get out there and dig.

This afternoon I finished up with work (anomaly, that...), helped the kids with homework and headed out with a small rake and a handful of seed packs. It only took me 10 minutes or so to rake the residual fall leaves and pinestraw off the beds and prepare them for planting. I just let nature mulch the beds for me in the fall and left it as it fell. The dirt in my beds is rich, dark and black...a perfect mix for sprouting my new seeds! It's damp and cool in the ground now...they raised the watering restrictions for Georgia given our plethora of rain the past couple of months and you can certainly feel the damp in my garden soil.

I have a 1/3 bed of spinach, a 1/3 bed of short carrots and 1/3 bed variety of lettuces. Approximately 1' x 4' plot of green onions (chives) which will grow into summer...and the random garlic head from last year. I've also got a plot of catnip which I may remove before it gets warm and becomes invasive...haven't decided on that yet. If I remove it I'll just transplant it over by the pergola...
Yet to be done...I need to figure out about the broccoli and cauliflower. I thought those were spring-ish plants in my zone but the packs threw me off. Will read more on that and decide.

I also need to de-stump the corner bed and then clip back as much ivy as I can. I'll be using the (shh!) Round-Up on the English Ivy as I cut it back, hoping the killer will get into the vines that are cut and actually work. Ivy is so hard to kill and it's rather invasive in my yard (thank you, original owners) beautiful though it may be, once you are done with it you have a task to remove it. Round-Up is my chemical of choice since it has a relatively short life in the dirt and it's run-off is less offensive than others IMO. By the time I plant that bed with beans and peas this spring (post-frost) it will be long gone from the soil.
I'll be re-landscaping the front bed in the next month. I'm reworking my office/school room into an office/studio space and will need a more manicured front bed to accompany my plans given the client load I'm carrying ;)


Val said...

You must update... something has to have happened in the last 4 wks. ;)


Tracey said...

Yep. I've birthed 5 babies ;) Haven't had time to update at all. I did see that the spinach and lettuce are coming up now...will try to update this week but leaving on vacation and my house is under construction.

Herbs~Art~Family~Love said...

We are following behind you ...Comfrey popping up today:) YAY

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This looks like a very good blog - will you resurrect it? I'm coming up on my second spring of raised bed gardening in north Georgia, so I'm interested in what I'm learning from your archives.

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