Spring in the Garden

Before, w/ cloche frame
Before, w/ cloche frame

After, with trellises
After, with trellises

The vernal equinox has come and gone. My garden is slowly getting up to speed. I don’t have everything in the ground that I want but I’ve changed the lay-out and I’m pretty pleased with it.

I took down the cloche I put up last year. I am starting my heat-loving plants indoors this year instead of trying to get them to grow outdoors. It was a good structure when I had a larger garden plot but this one is a bit crowded for it. This year I am going to focus on more vertical gardening. Accordingly I put up two types of trellises. One for snap peas (the shorter) and one for larger things. Last year I thoroughly neglected my tomatoes and tomatillos, I didn’t even cage them. I got a lot of harvest from them but a lot was wasted from falling on the ground. Also, the sprawling tomatoes took up a lot of space I could’ve used for other things. This year I will train them upwards.

I am also hoping to plant some decorative gourds this year. They can go up the trellis and look fantastic in the fall when I harvest them.

Meanwhile, all the little plants are flourishing happily.

Miner's Lettuce, ready to eat
Miner’s Lettuce, ready to eat

Tiny first strawberry flowers
Tiny first strawberry flowers

Mint, springing up between lavender.
Mint, springing up between lavender.

I rescued this Sage plant out of the compost bin and wasn't certain it would survive.
I rescued this Sage plant out of the compost bin and wasn’t certain it would survive.
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