Finally time to sow early spring vegetables! After a few unsatisfactory growing seasons, I’m planning some major changes this year for the vegetable garden. First, I’m turning the right section into a perennial asparagus bed. This part of the garden gets the most sun, so I think the asparagus will do well. Plus, the plants themselves are so beautiful, I’ll enjoy them during the TWO YEARS that I’ll need to wait for the root systems to mature. Just yesterday, I received word from White Flower Farm that my order of Jersey Knight asparagus crowns is on its way to me. I’ll be able to get them planted before my UK trip.
Beyond the asparagus, I’m focusing on early season vegetables – peas, bush beans, carrots. I’m headed out to plant these today. I’m also sowing leafy greens – Swiss chard and lettuces – as well as their floral companions, marigolds and nasturtiums. So far I haven’t had a chance to order any other leafy greens, but I do want to try mache again and a few different lettuce varieties. My sister-in-law also asked for kale. Later on in the summer I’ll add the cucumbers and squash. The other traditional summer vegetables – tomatoes, peppers – are going in a grow box on the front lawn where they will get more sun and hopefully produce better yields.
Fingers crossed for a beautiful and bountiful harvest!