Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hope Springs Eternal

I'm on Spring Break this week, and today's springlike weather made me decide that today was the first gardening day of the year. Here's what I did:

You can see the fence and if you look hard you can see the trellis on the left; what you can't see are the snow peas that I planted next to the trellis (in what will be the back row). In our area, mid-March is the magic planting date for cool weather vegetables like lettuce, radishes, and peas.

Unlike last year, when all of the early-season plants I'd planted and babied were eaten (see HERE and HERE for all the sordid details), I'm hopeful that things will actually produce this year. The first thing I did was put chicken wire around the perimeter of the area, then added the support for the snow peas. In a few days I'll plant a row of lettuce in front of the beans. All the other planting will wait for much warmer weather.

Now all I need are the proper temperatures, proportions of sun and rain, and the absence of bunnies, squirrels, and other creatures. Is that too much to ask?


  1. I plant sugar snap peas every spring...yum!

    Enjoy your break...hope the weather cooperates!

  2. You're at least a month ahead of us. But we were out to d some raking on the weekend.

  3. Betsy-I LOVE peas of every type. Hopefully I'll be able to grow some this year.

    Barry-It doesn't surprise me that we're having warmer weather than you. Enjoy your yardwork.