Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Glory Hallelujah! I'm INTO it, finally!

I got into to the garden today, and I am thrilled. This morning I measured the soil temperature to find it was 40 degrees which is the perfect temp for greens, lettuces, and cabbage.
My little starts all had their true leaves, and I'd hardened them off, and it won't free tonight.
You can see that I planted only one side of the bed.
The other side with have cucumbers grown on a tilted frame that will shade these lettuces
in July and August so they don't bolt.
Greens and leaf lettuce can be planted 8 inches apart.
I've protected the cabbages, below,
under a new fabric cover from Gardener's Supply Company.

The last event in the garden was to sprinkle crushed egg shells around all the greens to protect them from slugs.

My dear young friend, Hayden, dropped by, and she graciously took my picture.

That's it for now.
I'm taking off on Saturday for a few days at the ocean with my daughter and her two darlings. These starts needed to be IN before I left. The weather is wonderfully warm and there is a slight breeze...a perfect day for the first of many days of gardening.
I got INTO it, finally.
These plants can take frost and snow if it comes again too.

The varieties planted:
Lettuce: Cracoviensis, Winter Density Bibb, Forellenschluss, Crisp Mint
Cabbage: Gonzales, Super Red 80, Early Jersey Wakefield
Greens: Ruby Red Chard


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm so jealous! I tried to harden my cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower starts, but I lost them. Everything else is looking good though. I'm going to try planting my lettuce today. I keep trying to harden the peas so I can plant them soon. So happy you got some stuff planted before you went. We got some black plastic staked down over the rows but had a really bad wind yesterday and it ripped some of it up. Gotta get our newspaper and straw down between the rows to help hold the plastic down. Between tearing out the old porch, trying to repair the lawn, the garden is getting neglected already. Hope to have time to work on it more today. Have an awesome time at the beach! Hope you have great weather :)

Connie said...

Oh, I love seeing you in your garden again!! I have been planting things all week, but now it is raining, so will do some sowing in the greenhouse. I started tomatoes a couple days ago and peppers are up and growing.
A heads up about Ruby chard....if it freezes it causes it to to go to seed. I had the Bright Lights mix Chard last year and the red was the only one that went to seed and didn't produce anything.
Have a wonderful time on your trip!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Yeah!!!!!!!! I know this is a very special time for you!

Margaret said...

Wow, that looks great. I am motivated. You are so amazing Catz...I have so much to learn.
Love to hear about your trip west.

love and hugs