Doesn't look much different than February 15th (see last summer links in that post too). It does look different than January 15th! I've turned over the 2 furthest beds, but we've not yet 'tilled the new beds to be or widened the herb bed yet. The mole has done a little turning in the herb bed, I see. The perennials tucked in the vegetable rows are sprouting and will need to find new homes around the yard this year. I set the bean climber up so I could see how it creates shadows at different times. It is sitting where the 2 new beds will be and where I'll probably plant the beans too.
What hardy and pretty plants these parsnips are (above)! I need advice from the parsnip masters, however. According to your growing advice, Mr. Clodhopper (see link here), I think mine have taken on a schedule of their own.
Planted in April 2006, they were slow to sprout (as warned) and, by summer, the zucchini and bush beans took off and the parsnips were left in their shadows. Winter came and the weather wimpy zucs & beans left for a Mexican vacation. Parsnips saw their chance and they are happily growing more every day now. Don't think the roots are of any size yet, as I pulled one crowding his neighbor. From this point, when do you think they'll reach harvest size? Fall 2007 or some time this summer? And the garlic starts, planted February 10, have mostly sprouted. Finally, this weekend, I can see 2 of the 3 elephant garlic cloves sprouting in a row by the board at the top of the photo. I think I've given the garlic too much of the row space and I do have other things I want to grow. Hopefully, though, the harvest will last for a while in storage.
Last Oct., I decided to plant a few garlic and onion starts. But, then the rains and frost and snow and rains kept me out of the garden. Finally, in February, feeling sorry for the sprouting garlic in the little bag, I planted every one of them that seemed alive. The six roughed up places in the photo above? Yes, the onions are now sprouting in their little bag! So, right time or not, out they went last weekend to some wider areas among the garlic plantings.
This is not unlike how I also ended up with a number of perennials stuck in the vegetable beds: (1) Have sweet little starts from someone/somewhere desperately needing contact with soil, (2) have nicely dug up vegetable beds just waiting for their spring plantings, (3) oh, let's just let the sweet little perennials hang out in the veg. beds and we'll move them "later," (4) enjoy the flowers in with the vegetables and call it all "planning" as they bring in the good bugs and confuse the bad bugs!
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