Spring gardening report

I’ve been out in the garden as much as possible over the past few weeks, readying it for spring planting.

I moved to this house late last year, so didn’t know much before this point about what was already growing, the condition of the soil, or where the light fell in the garden.

In my explorations I discovered a variety of perennials, plus ferns, clematis, blackberry, forsythia, and several types of vines, creepers, and ground cover.

I cleared a patch about 10 feet by 8 feet and conditioned the soil over the past two weekends. Today I planted green kale, red kale, black kale, collards, Swiss chard, pak choi, and kohlrabi. If nothing else, I’ll be down by the head with greens. I cleared a separate patch about 8 feet by 6 feet and planted lavender, cilantro, sage, thyme, parsley, oregano, rosemary, red bell peppers, and several types of lettuce.

The soil is a lovely mix of sand and clay, and has plenty of worms, which results in the robins loitering when I am hoeing and digging. I’ve added compost and a mix of seaweed and “fish mix” that is as close to sea soil as I could find at the local garden centre. Next weekend, or whenever I have the remainder of the plants in, I will add sheep manure.

When I’m not in the garden I can see the squirrels running amok. They have already eaten most of our strawberry plant and dug up the spearmint I found in the garden and relocated to a pot. It’s going to be a battle with them this spring and summer, so I will look for methods to deter them.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will plant the remainder of the lettuce, plus raspberry canes, patty pan squash, hydrangea, and rhododendron. I don’t think my tomato seeds or beans are going to sprout, so I will pick up some starter plants. I’d like to dry herbs for homemade tea blends, so will also plant lemon balm and other types of mint, and try my hand at fennel. I also want to sow arugula, dill, basil, garlic chives, radish, and beets. Thankfully the garden is very large and receives a lot of light, so I have space to experiment.

Found in the urban garden today: obsidian, asparagus, plastic sheeting, and a grub.

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