Hi all! I just wanted to share some of what I have planted so far this spring for my 2020 garden. When it comes to gardening, each crop has its own special time of the year when it best germinates and thrives. Right now I have planted cool, early spring crops.
Here is what’s growing in my garden.
On warmer days in February I built 4 planter boxes on my kitchen deck to house early spring crops that I’ll harvest often. This saves me from trekking all over the property to tend or harvest them while the weather is relatively cold or icky. Here in zone 5b, we can get snow well into May so location for early planting is key to my continued motivation and diligence at gardening.
These early planted crops are cold weather hardy here in New England and can handle a frost or snow. I started some indoors and others I sowed directly in the soil. All are still under protective cover (cold frames) until it warms up a bit more. On warm days I raise or vent the covers so the plants don’t overheat.
Here’s a visual of what I planted.
Here’s a list version:
- Regiment spinach
- Bloomsdale long-standing spinach
- Mesclun gourmet salad mix
- Early wonder beets
- White globe turnips
- Black radish
- Sparkler top radish
- Astro arugula
- Rocket arugula
- Chantenay carrots
- Scarlet nantes carrot
- Ruby streaks mustard greens
- Purple Osaka mustard greens
- Baby bok choi
As the spring continues, I’m starting other crops indoors or directly sowing them in their beds.
Cultivate Your Garden
Gardening is a great hobby. With a little resourcefulness you can save money on groceries and harvest nutrition and flavor above and beyond what you’ll find at the store.
While I fully believe the covid-19 pandemic will not be the end of the world, I think it’s smart to start a garden this year, even if it’s only a container garden on your balcony or microgreens on your windowsill. Many people will have a tough financial time and our food chain is only as strong as the health and solvency of the people growing, shipping and stocking our food. If you can, plant a garden. Enjoy the bounty and share what you can with others in these difficult times.
Are you gardening and what are you planting these days? I’d love to read your comments!
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