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The weather in Northern California this week is supposed to be mid to high 60s (Fahrenheit) and as of right now we should have rain next week (still doing my rain dance!) so there couldn’t be a more opportune time to get plants in the ground. I’m banking on the fact that the temperature shouldn’t get below the 40s for the rest of the season so that we don’t get any frost– I am cautiously optimistic. It was time to clean up the garden and put the early spring crops in!
Yukon Gold potatoes and garlic might look like dinner– or basically the accompaniment to eggs my husband and I had over the weekend– but to me it looks like a ground crop that needed to go in now. I had just a little work to do in my small main garden plot.

Yes… my little plot is pretty small. I also use some very small space on our side yard and have mentioned that I think I’m going to put squash and melons in the front yard this year! Just to show you how small this little dirt chunk is…

Preeeety small but better than nothing. And I really like the rosebush next to it so it stays! You can’t see it but off to the left (which is basically the edge of our house) is my rain barrel hooked into our gutters. Even when it just rains a little bit I manage to get a giant barrel full of water to use on all my plants. I think it’s been full once so far this winter.

After a little cleanup and planting between some leftovers from last season, some pea seeds I had already planted and my new plantings we’re looking a lot better!

That green cap in the lower right is our plumbing clean-out. It’s new since that whole plumbing fiasco in October. Notice that I only planted flowers around it (though nasturtiums are edible).

I just ordered seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds of whom I’m a big fan because they’re not only sustainably and organically farmed, they’re really reasonably priced for seeds in general let alone organic seeds. Once those arrive a few more things might be squeezed in the above space.

What’s on the planting list for this year or has already been started?

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Chiggoa Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkins
  • Watermelons
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Lettuce mix
  • Zucchini
  • Coneflower (echinacea)
  • Peppers
  • A number of herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, parsley, thyme, marjoram, rosemary)

Peppers weren’t on this list before (despite trying to start them before and in my egg carton) because I didn’t think they’d ever sprout. But guess what!? Over the weekend I got some Hungarian Pepper sprouts!!! I’m sooooo excited. You may get pictures of them because I’m completely over the moon about peppers finally sprouting. Maybe I was being impatient and they just needed some time. Maybe.

Lettuce and herbs grow well in a pot but not some vegetables like tomatoes so keep that in mind when thinking of creative gardening solutions. Does anyone else have a tiny garden plot and some creative gardening spots around their yard?

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