Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring Gardening

Aside from my sugar snap peas, some garlic and some lettuce seeds, my garden is still waiting for seeds and plants. I made the mistake of planting some little cucumber seedlings a week or so ago (see my daughter planting them above), but the cold and hard rain hammered them to oblivion...good thing there is still time to plant more, lots more!
We grow food in six raised beds in our backyard. If you want to see how we built them, check out this detailed post. We used douglas fir for the wood, which is much cheaper than cedar, and seems to be holding up quite well. Each year we add some compost to the beds and plant more seeds and seedlings. I love that it is easier and easier to find seeds and seedlings at the grocery store, flower stands and farmers' markets, there is an ever expanding variety of food to grow. Even the big box stores are carrying organic seeds (not that I'm promoting that you by them there, but still!)

My bag of seeds from years past and a note pad to map out where I'm planting...essential!

If you are in the northeast, there is still time to build some raised beds, fill some pots, or prep some window boxes for growing food. If you are in the New Haven area this weekend, go check out the Common Ground School seedling sale. Get there early, it's usually packed and they have tons of varieties of tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers....sheep sheering, face painting and more. 

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Also, check out some of these great FREE garden events happening around town this season...thank you to the New Haven Food Policy Council's Urban Agriculture Working Group!

What are you planting in your garden?


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