Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As my Garden Grows - Part 2

"A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust."  Gertrude Jekyll

"I have never had so many good ideas day after day
as when I work in the garden. " 
John Erskine

It's been a few weeks now and the seedling that were started in March are ready to plant into the garden.  In another week or so, once the weather cooperates they will be planted.  We've had several weeks of rain and it's been a bit too cool yet to plant the seedlings.  It has rained so much that we've not been able to even cut the grass.   Normally, in this part of the country, (zone 5a - Ontario, Canada) the rule of thumb is to plant flowers after the May long weekend.   We have been known to still have frost into the first week of June.   

I was able to plant some cool weather vegetables by seed last weekend.   Radishes, lettuce, peas, spinach and swiss chard were planted.   I have a new raised vegetable in the works and once it is warm enough, the tomatoe and pepper seedlings will be planted, along with beans, cucumber and zucchini.    

You can grow vegetables in small spaces and enjoy fresh vegetables within feet of your own back door, with minimal cost and lots of fun !

Tomato plants started in March - see earlier post
"As my Garden Grows" on planting seeds

Seedlings covered outside,
"hardening off" before planting
into garden

Herb garden in front, Rhubarb at the back,
Peas, lettuce, raddishes, swiss chard and
spinach planted

Raised bed #1 and #2 under construction
Herbs - Oregano, thyme, chives

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