As longtime readers know, my garden and I were uprooted in the middle of the growing season last year. So this is my first spring with the new deck, and even though it’s barely April, I’m itching to get back outside. There’s still a risk of frost here for a couple more weeks, but I’ve started planting a few hardy veggies and flowers, and cleaning up the wretched mess left over from the winter and hurricane.
One of the few veggies that can withstand these cold temps is broccoli. I’ve never been quite sure if it would be worthwhile, but it won me over this year by letting my get started playing in the dirt early. I planted four little sprigs of broccoli, which I think should produce one head each, plus some side shoots. For the time being, I added a few pansies to fill in the larger container, though if they start to crowd the broccoli, I’ll have to move them around. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from gardening, it’s that “pansy” should really refer to someone who’s super tough and can withstand pretty much anything!
I also planted some sugar snap pea seeds, which represents my first time growing these and I’m really excited because they’re one of my favorite snacks. I’m planning to put them on the lower level once they start to get longer, and train them up the side of the deck. This is also my first time growing anything from seed (well aside from the failed carrot experiment) so fingers crossed!
I also added some herbs, which I may have to bring inside this week, and a strawberry pot full of strawberries. For some instant color there are a few more pansies, and a new favorite – anemones! The red and purple poppy-like flowers got compliments before I even left the nursery!
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.