Adventures in Spring Gardening


Last year without much success, I tried to do some spring gardening. I got jealous of my neighbors with their lush lettuces and stone age size cabbage heads while I declared victory with some micro broccoli rabe. I enjoyed it, but the kale, lettuce, onions, spinach and potatoes I planted either died or didn’t do very well.

Undaunted, because as a gardener that come with the plot, I jumped right in this year the weekend after my plot was ready. Today. I just about wrapped up the early planting. I’m happy to say that I have the following in the ground;

  • Blue Adirondack Potatoes
  • Crapaudine beets
  • Belgium White Carrots
  • Purple Dragon Carrots
  • Tasco Celery
  • Tabris Beans
  • Purple Pak Choy
  • Red, Golden and Candy Striped beets, they were some beet seedlings that I’m trying and that’s all I could find out about them
  • Radicchio
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Red Zeppelin Onions

I’m impressed with myself. I’ve never had this much in the ground so early, and my garden plot in such a manageable position. I’m out ahead of the weeds, and I have some rapidly growing tomato plants that will be going in at least 10 days earlier than I planed. Black plastic will go down next weekend, which will heat the soil, and the following weekend they go in. I anticipate that they will be very happy.

So that’s it for now. I hope your gardens are moving along.



  1. Do you use black plastic on all of your veggies or just the tomatoes?

    • I use it on anything that like warm soil temps, and that includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and eggplant, if I grow it. It would be ok for squash also. For the potatoes, carrots and beets, I did them in containers so I wouldn’t have to dig deep and filter and really loosen the soil. The onions, raddichio lettuce, celery and pak choy is under mulch.

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