Today, I spent some time in my garden. I discovered that my raised beds have warmed. And the soil is workable — the time seed packets instruct those with greenish-looking thumbs to plant their first batch of cool-weather crops. I also looked at the ten-day forecast and saw that it only has a couple of days that get near the hard freeze temperature of 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Using these facts as my guide, I’ve decided that the outdoor garden season has begun.
To protect my garden against a freeze, I made a stop at the hardware store and bought some transparent plastic sheets for use if the colder temperatures even look like they’ll kill anything that is sprouting. Still, it’s no matter. I have more lettuce, spinach, carrot, peas, and red orach seeds than my garden needs for a single, cool-weather season crop of each. In fact, I likely have multiple successive plantings if I like. I’ll plant my first crop tomorrow.
In addition to the outdoor work, as I noted on my Facebook feed several days ago, my chives, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and tomatoes have sprouted in my basement. And I decided to start my zucchini and summer squash indoors tomorrow.
Garden on, friends!