A glorious day to start a garden

We couldn’t have asked for better weather to get our plot prepared and to start planting. It was sunny and warm, but not overly so. Our garden partner Jim had already done some preparing of the soil He had loosened up the soil, added lime and some organic matter. Today, Steve and I spent the morning layering newspaper, leaves, manure, and fine mulch. Jim joined us to add topsoil. That whole process took a few hours! After lunch, we planted some lettuce, spinach, scallion, and chive seeds and set out some onions. We really do like onions that much. Still, I think we planted too much and will have to do some severe thinning when (if?) it all comes up!

It was fun to see other gardeners out getting their plots ready. Luann and Laura were out planting turnip seeds, Phaedra and her son and Alice and her helper were getting their plots prepared just like we were.

Steve and I have lived in our house for nearly 20 years and have quite a collection of miscellaneous tiles and pavers from various projects over the years. We took some of those out to the plot and used them to make walkways.

Our plan is to have a salsa garden this summer. We want to plant varieties of tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and plenty of herbs. I’ve never seen tomatillo plants for sale in town so I’m thinking of ordering some seed and starting my own in peat pots. If anyone knows of a variety of cilantro that will grow here, I would love to know. I’ve had plenty of success with growing all kinds of herbs in pots, with the exception of cilantro. It always bolts within a week of planting.

– Buffy

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