A couple of warm, sunny days and a sprinkling of rain, and this is the result. Our first seedlings to emerge, no big surprise: radishes. I should be clear, though. Radishes are NOT our favorite vegetable, nor will we eat the whole row we planted. However, they practically jump out of the ground and are ready in no time, leaving room for something else at just about the time that the weather is warm enough to plant anything at all, not just cool weather crops, so they go in every year. We do like them, but let’s face it – they are radishes. We eat a few right out of the garden, first and foremost, because we grew them! We throw some in salads, maybe think about seeing if there is a recipe out there in which we could use some…and then promptly forget them as other things begin to come in. Guinness would probably eat one if he saw us eating them. I sometimes think he looks at us like a king would have looked at his food taster; if we eat it, he eats it.
The actual first thing to sprout was garlic, but I don’t count that because it came from sets that were already practically sprouted. that’s not the same to me as something bursting forth from a tiny seed. The garlic is up all across the bed it is planted in. Garlic is easy to grow but that doesn’t necessarily mean we you will get full bulbs when you harvest. I prefer to plant garlic in the fall, as it allows it to take advantage of every single day that the conditions are right in early, early spring. That didn’t happen last fall, so I’m happy to see it coming up so well now.
Nothing else has sprouted yet, but that doesn’t mean that mysterious, wonderful things aren’t happening below ground. Unfortunately, this also includes weed seeds, or bits of root or stem. It’s easy tell when the first, fast seedlings sprout, because that is all there is to see, but it won’t be long until there is a lot more green here, and much of it won’t be welcome. Weeding at that point becomes a “Where’s Waldo” adventure, trying to determine what stays and what goes. We don’t ever have a perfect, weed-free garden, but we make an effort, which generally drops off as the season progresses.
It is early spring, so despite temperatures in the 70s today, the forecast shows lows in the low 20s in a few days. We generally do a little better than the forecast because we are in town and the garden is in raised beds, which warms the soil faster, and tucked in a corner by the house. The low 20s could be problematic, though – it’s borderline. Still, getting dirty hands last weekend was worth it even if we lose some things to this freeze. It’s only April 1st, after all, which means there is plenty of time to start over again.