First Planting

We started the spring garden today. It is divided into 3 sections; the back row closest to the building still has cover crop growing; the middle bed is where we planted today; and the front bed which is currently over-wintering lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and some other greens. So first we planted carrots (Purple Haze, Rainbow and Danver’s Carrots) interspersed with Cherry Bell Radishes to mark growth. We’ve got 2 rows about 72″ long spaced 16″ apart. Then we planted beets (Chioggia Dolce and Detriot Red). There are 3 rows somwhat shorter than 72″ long (I didn’t measure), spaced about a foot apart. We covered the rows with burlap and watered. The last thing we planted today was Safflower which we just sort of threw in the box that has mint. The Safflower should get about 3-4′ tall, so hopefully they’ll be ok sharing the space with the mint. We’ll see. We’ll also do start to soak the snap pea and snow pea seeds overnight so we can plant those  tomorrow.

It was a beautiful spring day—cooler than it has been the rest of the week, but still sunny and in the 50’s. It looks like the weather will be North Carolina-spring-like with a few nights below freezing still. The red-buds and cherry trees have started swelling this last week in the 60’s and 70’s. But the seeds in the ground, it does finally feel like spring!

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