I love reading the gardening chores list on A Way to Garden this time of year because we’re so far ahead of zone 5B. Being solidly lin zone 7, it means that our last frost is mere weeks away, and March 1st is the time when we’re thinking about turning over our gardens and sowing peas and spinach.
This spring is unusually warm and mild (I still cannot believe that we have daffodils up–DAFFODILS people!), and we’re even considering moving the rain barrel from out back up front so that I have a better water source to utilize for our cold frames. Even though we did have snow just over a week ago, it’s gone and today was in the mid-60s. Perfection, if you ask me. So much so that I went ahead and planted my cherry tomatoes and the first batch of marigolds tonight.
The first weekend in March has traditionally been the weekend we get started with our outdoor chores, and this weekend seems to be shaping up to be a great start. Our (my?) chores list is becoming pretty extensive, but I’m just thrilled to get back into it!
- Bring up the rain barrel–consider ordering a second one
- Begin turning over the back garden–work out a plan for the raised beds
- Sow a few rows of peas
- Trellis and get netting for the front Kitchen Garden peas
- Clean out remaining leaves in the front and back garden beds
- Re-edge the front garden beds
- Pick up the car port
I had resigned myself to the fact that the back garden just wasn’t going to do anything this year. Take a year off, and we would tackle it full force next season–seemed like a good plan just a month ago.
And yet this morning I find myself with 50 plus free tomato plants and a husband determined to till the rest of the back forty with the hope of copious amounts of canned tomatoes whispering sweetly in his dreams.
And we’re back in the game? (the game!)
More once our forest of tomatoes are planted….