Thursday, March 3, 2011

First planting

"Natchez Thornless" Blackberry, planted Saturday, 26 February 2011.
My friends back in Indiana might be surprised to learn that it's planting season for some things here already.

In fact, things are blooming here already: daffodils, Bradford pears, cherry trees, forsythia . . . and allergy season has begun. :-)

Anyway, last weekend we planted a whole bunch of stuff in our gi-normous garden, including:
  • Zesty salad mesclun mix
  • Spicy salad lettuce mix
  • Red sails lettuce
  • Jericho lettuce
  • Tennis ball lettuce (seeds from Monticello!)
  • Bright Lights Swiss chard
  • Five color Silverbeet Swiss chard
  • Broccoli raab (rapini)
  • Red core Chantenay carrots
  • Red Russian kale
  • Bloomsdale spinach
  • Gourmet beets blend
  • Detroit dark beets
  • White stem Bok Choy
  • Collards
  • Rutabagas
  • Red potatoes
  • Gold potatoes
We also transplanted some grape vines, and planted three new vines: Concord seedless, Reliance seedless, and Marquis seedless.

I planted seven blackberry bushes - three Natchez thornless, and three Arapaho thornless. (Believe me, you want thornless blackberry bushes. If you like your skin.)

Last but not least . . . I planted a dwarf Seckel pear tree and a Red Fuji apple tree.

Mom says we should have potatoes by Easter.

I just bought a whole bunch of Jiffy peat pellets. This weekend I'm hoping to get seeds started for a medicinal herb garden. I'm also hoping to buy some herb seedlings for a kitchen herb garden. Let's hope the good weather continues!

One final note for this entry: we ordered 25 Rhode Island Red baby chicks! They should arrive in about 3 to 4 weeks. Exciting!