Saturday, February 25, 2012

Early Spring Planting

Here in North Carolina the weather has felt spring-like for several weeks. The daffodils have been blooming for quite some time now, the tulips are sprouting, and I'm itching to be outside to enjoy the unusually warm temperatures. Here at the Roost, that means it's time to start spring planting!



Our heirloom vegetable seeds get planted into the ground according to frost dates and by the moon. After preparing the raised beds, this weekend we planted peas, onion sets, and spinach. We currently have radishes and garlic growing in one of the beds soon to be harvested. Due to my limited mobility, BJ gets the credit for nearly all of the physical work! The raised beds are filled with a combination of compost, peat moss, and vermiculite all worked together and moistened.

planting the onion sets


planting the peas

seed packets


radishes and garlic soon to be harvested


We have also begun sowing seeds indoors: we started several varieties of tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and peppers. We plan to transport these out to the cold frame once they grow large enough.





In a couple weeks we will begin planting more cool weather crops like broccoli, beets, cauliflower, radishes, carrots and a few others. I can't wait for an abundant harvest of home-grown delicious vegetables!





P.S. On a rather sad note, we lost one of our hens (Tansy) this morning. She suffered a neck or brain injury two or three weeks ago we think from an aggressive rooster, and although we nursed her and she seemed to be recovering well, she took a turn for the worse and did not make it. So, we will be adding some new girls to the flock to replenish our stock. Stay tuned. 



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6 comments:

  1. Wonderful progress! I can't wait. Just a few more weeks of me. Tell all you friends they have just a couple days left on the giveaway I am having!

    http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com/2012/02/veggie-seed-give-away.html

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    1. Thanks, Clint! Hope the time goes by quickly for you so that you can be out planting soon! Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway.

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  2. I saw this a week ago, and I never got to comment. I'm so jealous of how far ahead you are. I have to make due with my tiny seedlings in my house. These pictures show my May garden...

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    1. I know- it's one of the things I love about living farther down south- longer growing seasons! I'm amazed at all the cold weather crops we can plant in February!

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  3. Looks lovely! I'm with homesprout, this would be our garden in May but slowly but surely we're getting there. :o) Your post makes me excited about what's coming here! Hope your tomato seedlings do well, I look forward to visiting your blog again!

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    1. Thanks, Rosalyn! I'm sure you will be out planting soon enough! It has been so unseasonably warm here this winter, so I wonder how that will affect the growing season this summer. Happy gardening :)

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