Once you have your last frost free date, you put that in the book and then you start counting weeks before and after that date. It tells you different things to do each week before and after the average date of last frost. For example, March 14 is 10 weeks before average date of last frost and the book suggests that this is a good time to start cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage seeds indoors for transplants. It also reminds you to tune up your power equipment. My vegetable gardening areas are 2 raised beds that are 4X8 feet in size. So, I don't have any power equipment.
We have had a crazy warm winter here. So, last week, I decided that I would try to plant some leaf lettuce and spinach OUTDOORS. I have a cover ready in case it gets too cold. My book suggests you can plan the outdoors beginning 9 weeks before average date of last frost. So, this is a bit early to be planting things outside, but again, things are unseasonably mild this year. I had covered my garden beds with dry leaves last fall. I was hoping the worms would pull down the leaves and mix them in over the winter...I guess this was wishful thinking because I just had a bunch of dry leaves on the top of my beds. So, I just used a shovel to turn over the soil and incorporate the leaves a bit. Then, raked it smooth so I had a nice area to plant the lettuce and spinach. I will let you know if I get good germination...
Last fall, before I put the leaves on one of my beds, I planted A LOT of garlic.
See all those green things? It's all garlic coming up through the leaves!!!
Look at these tiny, baby kale! Aren't they adorable! I think they look like 4 leaf clovers!
May the luck of the Irish be with you this week!