The garden in March

March has came (and almost gone by now) and the garden is waking up from its winter slumber.

Spring’s warmth is upon us, a bit earlier than expected. After a very dry winter, Spring hasn’t yet started making up for it and we are eagerly waiting for the first showers. Feels crazy to water the garden so early in the year, but really there is no other choice - besides watering and hoping for a wet Spring, like last year’s.
Thank goodness global warming is just an oax, or I’d start getting worried.


Here’s a little update of what’s been going on among soil and seeds, and water cans.

Sowing & planting:

  • Zucchinis, Golden Zucchinnis and Patty Pans

  • Cucumbers (a special variety for pickling)

  • Beneficial flowers, such as borage, calendula, foxgloves, holly hock, poppies, nasturtium, equinacea, cosmos

  • Extra Dwarf Pak Choi

  • Mustard

  • Spinach

  • Different varieties of tomato (a local variety, Green Zebra, Orange, Black Cherry, Brad’s Atomic Grape, Purple Bumblebee)

  • Orange Bell Peppers

  • Climbing beans ( loval variety and Chinese Red Noodle)

  • Red Okra

  • Purple Physalis

  • Radishes

  • Carrots

  • Beetrots

  • Artichoke

  • Cardoons

    probably more things which I’m forgetting!

Harvesting:

  • Pea pods

  • Chicory and winter lettuce

  • MIner’s lettuce

  • Edible flowers such as calendula and pansies

  • Mizuna

  • Sprouting brassicas

  • Tiny leeks

    mostly salads, as you can see…

Soon we will start harvesting broad beans and carrots, hopefully!

I’m keeping the garden humble this year - if we run out of water again, as we usually do in the peak of summer, it will be less heartbreaking. I also tried hard to start my seeds early in the year (or as early as thin-plastic sheet covered seed trays allow, which is mid February), so they enjoy as much humidity as possible before watering season starts (kind of flop because it’s not raining)…

But all in all, all is good. And we’re looking to have our water situation sorted out this Spring, but I don’t want to jynx it so I’ll keep a secret until it’s done and certain :)

Happy Spring, everyone!

How are your gardens doing?