I hadn’t planned on planting anything in a spring garden because I wanted to have a little more time to prep the soil in the raised garden beds I built last year. Last year’s garden didn’t do so well, but I think several factors contributed to that (including a milder summer than usual). But when I was out running errands this past Monday, the urge to plant stuff was strong. So I got a few cold-weather vegetables: Georgia sweet onions, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. I grabbed 2 medium-sized bags of potting soil to till into one of the garden beds. The next day I got some peat moss and all the herbs to replenish my corner herb garden. And on Wednesday the 18th, I planted everything. I finally got a chance to snap some pictures this morning, and hopefully tracking the progress of this garden will show more success that last year’s summer garden.
I am only using one of the garden beds for the spring garden. I still need to prep the one on the right for later use. I also need to clean up the walkway and put down something to level it out this year.
I’ve never attempted to grow Brussels sprouts, so I hope they do well. These are for me only because Alex hates them. Boo! More for me though.
Broccoli and Georgia sweet onions:
I have 4 rows of onions that I hope to grow to a normal size, and as you can see here, the 5th row (on the right) has the onions planted a lot closer. I plan to pick these early and use the tops for green onions when needed.
The herb garden is replenished with (bottom row L-R): basil, flat-leaf parsley, and dill; (middle row L-R): thyme, chives, and rosemary; (top section): oregano.
There are a few sprigs of chives that are from last year’s planting, and the rosemary was planted last year. It’s doing wonderful! I will trim it down some so it doesn’t get too tall. And I do believe a bird has made a nest in the birdhouse. I have seen a bird hanging out on top of the house and in front time to time over the past few days.
Now I just need to get the other garden bed prepped and ready before mid-May gets here. You can see the lavender is doing well from last year. Personally, I can’t stand the lavender scent, but I planted one in each garden bed (you can also see part of one in the picture above to the far right, outside the herb garden) to deter pests.