Why I Garden #14

Winter sown greens sprouting

Gardening last year was pretty frustrating. Weeks of hot and dry weather stunted growth in most gardens in the area. A scorching summer was followed by ravenous grasshoppers that ravaged our fall greens. But, Spring is all about renewal and promise. The very same garden bed that was mowed flat by grasshoppers in the fall is now coated with surprise greens.

By overseeding last fall I accidentally tried out winter sowing for this spring. We planted varieties of chard, kale and lettuce which are sprouting happily after a very snowy winter. I'll start thinning soon so the greens can grow to a decent size. I've also started a tray of more delicate seedlings inside to place outside after the last frost date. Not a bad start to the gardening season.

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