March + April

Food in the Dirt

I’m days away from baby number two’s due date and, after  feeling less than confident in my abilities to do much other than the essential house tasks after getting home from work each day, I’ve gained a sudden burst of energy and managed to get some food in the dirt.

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I started an array of items in our front window on March 19th.

Our front window is, once again, serving as our seedling home until May. I scaled back on tomatoes this year since we were inundated with them last year, but I scaled up the number of pepper plants and varieties I’m growing this year. I also decided to only grow pickling cucumbers since they’re delicious eaten raw or as homemade pickles. This year we’ve started:

Tomatoes
Matt’s Wild Cherry
Italian Cherry
Italian Heirlooms

Cucumbers
Pickling

Peppers
Sweet Bell Mix
Corbaci Heirloom
Jalapenos

Squash
Ebony Acorn
Waltham Butternut

Watermelon
Sugar Baby

Lettuce
Tennis Ball
Italian Heirloom

Strawberries
Alpine
(a variety of June and Everbearing plants should be delivered to the house in the coming weeks, too)

In addition to what’s growing in the front window, what’s in the garden thus far includes:

100 Cloves of Garlic

240 Onions

8-10 Rhubarb Plants

6 Asparagus Crowns

A Row of Spinach, Beets, and Radishes

Pots of Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots, and Onions

Four blueberry bushes are also set to arrive in a week as are 12 sweet potato slips.

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By April 3rd, nearly everything has sprouted.

In the next two weeks I’ll attempt to get potatoes in the ground. I’m horrible at using up the organic spuds I purchase before they start to grow eyes, but they work great for the garden come spring. Last year I had great luck planting what I couldn’t eat fast enough. Oftentimes non-organic potatoes are treated with a chemical to keep them from sprouting (yick) so they’ll last longer when stored. I’ve found that I only have 5-7 days to use up the organic ones I buy before they begin to form new life. You simply cut the potatoes into chunks trying to get 1-2 eyes per chunk, and then plant them in the ground. Be sure to keep them covered with dirt if you start to see them emerge from the soil. Potatoes are easily susceptible to sunburn (if you’ve ever cut into a potato and it was green, that’s why). Dig for spuds once plants begin to die off, but pull them all out of the ground before freezing winter temps set in.

I’m so excited to get into the garden again (even if I’m currently unable to do too much). What excites me even more is that by the time baby number two is ready to start solid food, I’ll be able to feed her organic produce grown in our yard.

What are you planting this year? I want to know! Shoot me a note on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or via email!

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