It’s THAT Time of Year…

Welcome to my Garden!  We’re celebrating because spring is finally here.  Well…Sort of.  Temperatures have been unseasonably cool this spring.  It feels more like February than April here in the Pacific Northwest, and our gardens have been taking the brunt of the unusually cool temperatures. 

In late March, the weather cleared.  That is usual, so I thought that we were going to warm up.  So, I went ahead and planted lettuce, spinach, beets, parsnips, carrots, onions, and garlic.  I made two mistakes. 

The first mistake was that I didn’t judge the weather correctly.  If anyone has advice on a good alminac, I’d appreciate it. 

The second mistake was that I didn’t label my rows.  So, I’m guessing a little.   Here is a shot of the things that have been planted and have come up. 

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These are the lettuce starts that I bought. They haven’t done much because of the cold, but they haven’t died either, so that’s something.

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And these little guys are the lettuce seeds that have sprouted. I think that it’s iceburg. Or maybe bib. Well, then…. Oh, and don’t mind the twigs and leaves. Like I said, it’s been pretty stormy around here.

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This is spinach. As you’ve probably already noticed, I have some thinning to do. I don’t want to do it until it warms up a little, though. After it gets a little warmer, I’ll keep the guys who survived the cool weather best.

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See it, right there poking it’s head through the dirt? Those are beets. I think. Remember how I didn’t label the rows? Well, this is the problem. I can’t be absolutley sure. I think that’s Mr. Beet, though.

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Here are the onions. The birds dug up some of the starts, but enough of them survived for me to be happy. I need to order more so that I can have green onions throughout the summer.

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And here’s a little garden decoration courtesy of Sunshine.

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As you can see, there is still a lot of work left to do.  Normally, I’d be chomping at the bit to get my beans in the ground, but it’s still a little cool for that yet.  I’m hoping that it warms up so that I don’t lose all of the little sprouts that I have. 

So, that’s what I’m doing in my garden.  What are you doing in yours?  Do you have any suggestions?  Please, comment below.

Linked to Frugal Gardening 101:  The Busy Mom’s Guide over at Smockity Frocks.


  1. Lookin’ good! I’m behind here, but I’d say that has more to do with gardening with a 10 month old than the weather! ;)

  2. Thanks for participating in Frugal Gardening 101. I hope you’ll add a link to this post so your readers can join the fun! :)

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