Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! While most of you are working on amazingly cute crafts and gifts, we're getting ready for our spring garden. Ha.
If you live in Oklahoma, or at least in our gardening zone, you should start thinking about what you'd like to grow because February 14th marks the day when you can get your spring veggies going. If you don't have your beds ready, don't worry. We've planted spring stuff on into March and have great success.
Let's get started, shall we.
Spring is by far my most favorite growing season because I love home grown salads. I can eat them every day and usually eat at least two a day during spring harvesting.
Here's little run down of what we're planting this weekend.
These we'll plant directly in the soil:
- onions - the plants that look like green onions
- radishes - from seed
- spinach - from seed, both curled and flat
- carrots - from seed
- lettuces - a wide variety from seed, including: butterhead, bibb, green leaf, arugula, meclun, red leaf, romaine
- mustard greens - from seed
- kale - from seed
- herbs - from seed, including: basil, purple basil, thyme, oregano, dill, parsley, chives, cilantro and probably more I'm forgetting
We get our onion plants from Warehouse Market. They're usually the cheapest in town and they do great but make sure you call before you go to see if they have them in. As for seeds, we get them anywhere and everywhere, Warehouse Market, Lowes, online through Johnny's seeds, Burpee or anywhere we happen to see a good deal or fun variety.
* Here's a tip we (being my husband and I because he's really the green thumb, I just do what he says) learned from my grandpa, plant your spinach and radishes in with your onions. If you're like us and don't have a huge are for gardens, you need all the space you can get so this maximizes your space. *
The following pictures are how we did it a few years back in a bucket. Side note, we have limited bed space so my husband prepared several buckets with soil. In the spring they held onions, greens and radishes and then tomatoes in the summer. So if you don't have a big bed, get a couple buckets!
Get your soil prepared then make holes all over for your onion plants.
These are what the onion plants look like:
That's a mix of red, vidalia and yellow.
Plant your onions and pat the soil back in around them. Then, in between all the rows, plant your spinach seeds according to the package, cover and water.
In a few weeks it will look like this:
See the spinach sprouting!!
A couple of weeks later, this:
You can actually start thinning some of the spinach by picking those tender, baby leaves and using them in salads, or smoothies.
Another week or so you'll have this:
And you'll be picking spinach like crazy!
You better keep picking that spinach because this is what it will look like in another week:
Good stuff folks!
Here's a couple pictures of onions and greens from another bed.
After all that hard work, you'll be eating stuff that looks like this:
And those little onion plants become these:
A general rule on picking onions is wait until the tall greens start to fall over. We plant enough to pick some in the early spring, when they're still small, and to also have enough to keep in the beds so they get bigger.
* Did you know you can store onions in a cool, dry place, like your garage, and they'll last all summer! So make sure you plant more than you think you'll need because we always run out - no matter how many we plant. *
Once the spring turns to summer and temps start rising the greens will bolt, which means they'll go to seed. When they do that, they get bitter and don't taste as good. No worries though because about that time it will be time to plant your summer veggies! Stuff like squashes, tomatoes, peppers, etc! More on that as the season gets closer!
I hope that inspired some of you to try your hand at gardening! And just in case you need a little more inspiration, here's what one of our beds looked like this time last year:
And this what that same bed in the middle of the summer!
You can see more of our gardening pictures on my flickr photostream, I grew this.
If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to help. Just leave it in the comments and if I don't know the answer, I'll as my grandpa! Ha!!
So go on, enjoy Valentine's day and get ready for spring gardening!