Today I am starting the seedlings for The Kitchen Community Garden and have plans to share the seedlings with the Grant Beach Community Garden and Mid-town neighborhood. We are so fortunate to have received a grant from the City of Springfield, which went towards purchasing a greenhouse and supplies for the garden. This is such an amazing project! We hope to host more educational opportunities for the public this year and get more community members involved at the garden this year. Today I am starting cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli in the greenhouse and cleaning out the toolshed. I will keep you updated as we move along. What are your plans?
I have started seeds for cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes and onions. About 3 to 5 times what I would normally need. I am going to plant in the outdoors earlier than usual hoping to get an early harvest. If I get wiped out by frost I will have more seedlings available to replant. If I don't get hit then I will have extra seedlings to share with friends and family.
Berlan in Barry Co
We have planted also broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and onion seeds. I have several pots of leek seeds going for the past month and have been surprised how easy they are to grow. I like the big winter leeks and am raising Caratan, Giant Musselburgh and Bleu de Solais. These are better than the various leek plants I have ordered in the past. I still have some in my garden from last year. I did not cover the leeks but just laid row cover on 4 rows of spinach and some parsley and kale and they made it through the two 20 below 0 days we had. I have also planted parsley, basil, sweet marjoram, borage, garlic chives and some flowers--all these in a cool greenhouse. My sister, Kate, gave me broccoli, brussels sprouts and sage plants which I have planted in the garden under a little row cover. I have planted lettuce and spinach in the coldframe and have garlic, shallots, onions, lettuce, spinach, kale and beets planted in the garden. A good neighbor gave me two scoops of horse manure and I have these in a small greenhouse, where I raised chickens recently. I plan to plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplants this week and I hope this manure heats the house enough--otherwise I will have to bring in some heat.
This is my 4th garden in Arkansas; I have raised lots of food here but have spent the majority of my time fighting bermuda grass which I almost now have control of--or at least I think so. I have taken the nice days of winter and worked on my beds--adding rabbit, chicken and cow manure, chopped up leaves, compost and bio-char. They are looking the best they have although I still have areas of black plastic in my bermuda fight. I have several beds full of rye, vetch and oats for cover crops and have had really good luck using these. My soil has improved a lot. Last year I made an effort to plant flowers to attract beneficial insects and I think it was helpful. No potato bugs at all last year and the two years before I had tons of them. We bought some beneficial nematodes from Nitron in Fayetteville last week and plan to spray them on the garden this week. I am hoping they will help with cucumber beetles and flea beetles.
We have only one damp spot on our 12 acres--right below the garden. I don't know if it is just garden runoff or if it is a small spring. My husband dug it out with the front end loader and we have a 4-6 pond--not too big but consistent. We are going to experiment with planting some rice.
I m excited about the prospect of spring. Hope you all have great gardening luck and fun.