After reading Seeds of Self-Reliance in the March Ensign (Church magazine), which encourages people to grow plants, be it in containers on patios or on window sills, in gardens, in community gardens, on roof tops, etc., I was inspired to get my garden back in shape. I’m on a 3-day weekend, so today was perfect.
We recently had several freezes. Most of my garden made it through. After I had harvested my potatoes in the fall, I had planted more lettuce in the squares (I use Square Foot garden boxes that I divide into square grids). Those needed to be moved so that I could plant more potatoes. I also had empty spots here and there where plants had been harvested or killed by cold weather (such as my tomato and basil plants).
I decided to:
- pull weeds
- draw a revised blueprint of where everything should be planted
- nourish the soil with a combination of compost and manure
- shuffle plants around so that there are no empty spots
- plant potatoes, carrots, and sugar snap peas
- plant a bed of annual flowers
In this box, we have broccoli and various types of lettuce. The lettuce has been growing very close to the ground, probably due to the cold weather. Now that it’s warm again (70’s and 80’s in the afternoons), I’m hoping it will grow. If you look closely, you can also see the smaller lettuce plants that I moved from one of the other boxes. The smaller ones were planted when I harvested the Fall potato crop.
This box has some very successful swiss chard, several onion plants that should be ready in April, a few lettuce plants, and several tiny onion plants of unknown type, which were dropped off by some very kind neighbors who also garden. We tend to give each other extra of what we have. I plan to share some extra seed potatoes with them.
This box is where I planted the potatoes. This time, I stuck an entire seed potato (a potato that has eyes that really grew) in each square. As the potato plants grow out of the soil, I plan to add more compost on top for a while, in the hopes that I will get a higher yield of potatoes. The green plants in the picture are leeks. They aren’t as wide in diameter as the ones I’ve seen in the store, so I’m going to let them grow a little longer. I planted one square of carrots and plan to plant another square in 2 weeks.
I’m really looking forward to planting cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers at the end of March. I figure that I’ll have more spots available by then, as some of my winter plants will be harvested.