Get Growing – Peas and Greens

Get Growing

seed packets

All winter I look forward to the new planting season. Yet each year I am surprised by how early it can start, and I have to rush to catch up. Peas, lettuce, and spinach can be planted in the garden in the month of March. As soon as you can work the soil, you can plant seeds. Any time in April, you can sow beets, swish chard, and radishes. All these plants thrive in the cool, bright days of spring.

There are so many rewards to planting a vegetable garden. The time spent outside in early spring is wonderful—so full of anticipated-life. The natural world is poised to burst forth in many, many ways. The childlike joy I feel at seeing plants appear where seeds were sewn is something I look forward to each year. During each visit to my garden I feel peace—solid fertile ground, lively green plants, singing birds, active insects, and me. Another reward is the gratification of tending to the fruits and vegetables as they grow and mature in the garden. And then, the sense of accomplishment I feel when I walk outside my back door and harvest food for dinner. It is a treat, a gift, a solid connection to the earth and to all the gardeners who came before me.

I encourage you all to find a small piece of earth, or even some pots, and plant a few vegetables of your own. Join in one of the oldest activities in history: grown your own food. And then tell us about it.

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2 Responses to Get Growing – Peas and Greens

  1. Marie Fontaine says:

    I found this post so inspiring! I have just a tiny city backyard garden, made smaller this year by the fact that I transplanted 2 blueberry bushes into the 3-foot by 13-foot garden in which I used to plant veggies (made even more complicated by the fact that I also grow tulips in it, so those are popping up now). Maybe I’ll try to plant some greens in between the tulips and see what happens! But I was also inspired to look at the article you pointed to regarding container gardening. I have a very sunny area along the back of the house that has a concrete apron covering the soil. I think it would be perfect for some containers, since it gets the southern sun. So, I printed the article and will be going out to hunt some containers, soil, and plants! (Maybe my basil will do better in containers like that, so I can make lots of pesto in the fall, and the plants won’t get all eaten to bits by the brown beetles that live in the ground and come out to munch at night while we sleep!)

    • BarkingFrogFarm says:

      I love your enthusiasm. Your idea about planting greens with other plants is a good one. In front of our local sandwich shop were two planters containing pansies and lettuce. Swish chard might do will also, as you pick the leave more will grown from the center. Happy gardening and let us know if you find any fun containers.

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