I meant to take regular pictures of my garden, but I've been a bit of a slacker thus far.
It's coming along well though!! I had some seedlings that I planted - my purple pepper plants and some lettuce, which I planted a few weeks ago under a cloche, and they are coming along...but what I learned is that growing plants from seed in your house takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
About seven weeks ago, I bought some four-inch tall plants from our local organic gardening store: onions, broccoli and lettuce starts, and planted them under the cloche before the weather was really supportive of my gardening endeavors, but they did fabulously! I had no idea but putting plants under a cover means you can plant earlier and later as the cloche covering will raise the temperature of the soil from 4-10 degrees. AND another amazing thing is that it helps the soil maintain its' moisture, so you don't have to water that much. It keeps heat and moisture - total score, right? I kept the cloche on my plants for seven weeks. They survived through below freezing weather, and I didn't water them even one time. It did rain a few times, which worked out perfect as the water that did get into the soil through the cloche cover, lasted longer than if the soil was exposed.
I added a few more starts this last weekend: chives, a cucumber plant, basil, tomatoes, and a rosemary plant. I have flowers to plant in my beds to attract some friendly bugs and I'm going to start some other seedlings in a few weeks, so I should have a wave of veggies to pick in a few weeks (I can actually pick a few lettuce leafs now!) and then in a couple months, I'll have a wave of new veggies ready to be harvested!
And the raspberry and black berries that I planted at the end of summer last year are doing amazing - looking forward to picking some berries in another month or so!
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