Spring is a month away but most days it feels like spring already. I am loving it! Some days the temperature reaches almost 80ºF (26ºC). The green anole lizards have been coming out of hibernation to warm themselves in the sunshine on the satellite dish. Last year I counted almost ten lizards congregated on the dish at one time. Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s high time I cleaned the lichen and shtuff off the dish.
There are plenty of other signs of spring.
The Carolina Jessamine is blooming, as have been the daffodils, crocus etc.
I am glad to see the French Tarragon is coming back.
After doing very little in the garden the last few years I am determined to put more effort into it again this year. Don’t be surprised if “in and around the garden” posts are interspersed amongst my usual kitchen posts more frequently than in the past.
We do not have good soil on this property for growing much other than weeds, so almost everything we grow is in raised beds with imported soil. Some of the planting beds are built of bricks or stone and are about knee high, a comfortable sitting height for tending to the plants.
I built one planter out of brick and commercial double-pane window glass about 3 feet (just under a meter) high for the purpose of growing strawberries, easily cared for and harvested without the need to bend over.
After several years of successfully growing strawberries the number of plants dwindled to almost none and the soil level settled significantly. Some of the glass has begun to crack, which forced me to do an urgent fix last year by bricking up one side of the planter. I will be bricking up the other three sides this year (if I can remember how to lay brick).
This week I added new potting soil and today planted spinach, red Russian kale and lettuce. I covered the planter with polyethylene sheeting for the night since it might frost overnight.
I am hoping that by committing to post updates on successes (and inevitable failures) I will be inspired to follow through and carry out my intentions to do some serious gardening this year. Here’s looking forward to an abundance of homegrown veggies and fruits to prepare in the kitchen.