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Garden Update 2012

Saturday and Sunday was fairly nice although windy. I worked for several hours in the garden over the course of the two days.

I pulled back the straw mulch on three beds and planted a bed of two different kinds of lettuce, a bed of two different kinds of carrots and one bed of bunching green onions.

I've never had trouble growing lettuce, but the carrots and onions are a different story. My thoughts are I have been planting them too late, so this year I planted them real early.

After planting the beds I cover them with some type of wire mesh to keep cats, dogs, rabbits, etc from disturbing my seeds. After the plants are well established I take the wire off.

I've been doing research on potatoes. There are so many different kinds! Early, mid, late; red skinned, russets, blue, purple. It makes my head swim. Determining the best to grow in my area is still on the table. I have already bought yukon gold and red pontiac. I'm wanting a late versatile. One that is good for baking, frying as well as mashed potatoes. Anyone have any suggestions?

What have you planted in your garden as of now? Anything sprouting yet?

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  1. I thought we would plant some things this past weekend, too, but we ended up cleaning and selling the pop-up instead.

    We are ready to plant peas, lettuces, radishes, beets, onions, garlic and potatoes outside. Inside, we are starting brassicas (cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower and broccoli).

    We keep watching for our asparagus to break through, but we just not quite there yet.

    1. I checked out our asparagus and nothing yet either. Can't wait. Love asparagus!

  2. I have seedlings going for salads, cabages, broccoli and bokchoy but will have to wait at least 2 more weeks before it can go into ground (currently covered by snow). And I'll be planting several varieties of carrots and potatoes as well. I like purple and rainbow carrots; yellow gold potatoes for mash/soups; red or fingerlings for potato salads or roasted. You would need really rich (high mix of composted matter and old manure) and loose soil for carrots and onions and full sun.

    1. Jenny I can't wait to see your garden sprouting again this year. I'm hoping I ammended the bed with compost well enough for carrots this year. Time will tell.