Spring is just around the corner here in North Texas and we have a lot of work to do in the veggie garden. We have seeds being started and so much more.
A beautiful day
It’s a beautiful Thursday morning here in the Dallas area and I have a few things to do in the garden to prepare for spring planting. With spring on the horizon and about 10 weeks to optimal planting time for transplants, I need to get to work in the garden.
This year I plan on adding some new perennials to the garden as well as growing our family favorites that we grow every year. For a list of the perennials I will be adding to our veggie patch, click here! I love this time of year because I am in the middle of my last minute planning for the spring and summer vegetable garden. I am looking over the number of seed catalogs that come in the mail trying to decide on what to grow.
On the agenda today
First, I had some easy garden clean up in order to get ready for spring planting. I had some plants this winter that did not survive our crazy frost schedule. It came unexpectedly and claimed several victims in our garden so I had to remove the plant debris so that I can plant in the upcoming weeks, plus it makes the garden look better. Certain things had to be pulled out while others just need a trim..
Second, I fed up the raised beds with some organic compost to give the beds a boost going into spring planting. Every season, I like to feed up the beds with a healthy dose of organic compost and mushroom compost which will provide food for the micro-organisms which will finish the process, making those nutrients available to the plants. Each one of my beds got a wheel barrow full of compost.
Third, I needed to add some compost and organic fertilizer to my containers to get them ready for planting. Each year I plant a variety of plants in containers to add space to my small veggie garden. This year I will be planting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, sweet potatoes, peas and many more in containers to make the best use of my space.
Lastly, I needed to get some seeds started outside in my mini greenhouse. I started a variety of greens that will provide me a bountiful harvest throughout the growing season. I absolutely love Kale, Chard, Collards and herbs in smoothies or at lunchtime in salads. I chose Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale (Dino), Curly Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Georgia Collards and various herbs to get started today.
I started a flat of Rainbow Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Georgia Collards and Kale which will give me plenty of healthy transplants for the veggie patch.
More to do
There is still a ton of work to do in the veggie patch in order to be ready for spring. I still have some of my seeds to start, build new trellis and repair some the drip irrigation. It is shaping up to be a great spring and we cannot wait here on the farm.