Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring Gardening 2013

The snow is gone and we now deal with regular rain storms. As the temperatures return to more normal spring temperatures we struggle between rains to catch up on garden chores and replant spring crops. Above beet seeds soaking in water several hours prior to planting. This helps to soften that soft outer shell some and they germinate a little faster. I also soak things like okra seeds before planting too.


Not all is lost. Above you see onions that survived the snow and cold temperatures. If you look closely there are some brown burned tips on them but nothing that will hurt.

The romaine lettuce is actually coming back from the roots after our groundhog attack.

Next years green onion seeds! Always remember to leave some for seeds. This can sure cut down on those seed bills.....

And those 100 new strawberry roots that I ordered and set out 2 weeks before the snow storm. Look at those tiny blooms. They won't make many berries this year but next year we should have plenty.

A few brave peas that have survived sleet, hail, and 6 inches of heavy snow not to mention a night of ground hog grazing. I have replanted this row but left these brave soldiers to grow. 

Didn't take a picture of it but 2 1/2 potato rows are coming up again. A little slow and a little burned but growing none the less.  Replanted Black Seeded Simpson leaf lettuce, Cylindra beets, Southern Giant Curled mustard greens, Scarlet Nantes carrots and green onions. 

Lots of clean up and catch up but indeed let the gardening begin. With the weather setbacks we are running about 6 weeks behind schedule but gardening again. Today the temperatures are in the 90's and O Wise One and I have both spent the day pretty well outside. It has been a day of disking, weeding, mulching and mowing on both our parts. Some times side by side and other times each doing our own thing. Tonight will be a night of aching muscles and wind burns but we hope to plant some of our summer garden tomorrow since they are predicting a possibility of showers on Thursday. 

We are beginning to wonder if this will be one of those years that we just simply skip spring and go straight from winter into those summer excessive temperatures. 

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. 80 degrees here. Yesterday I was shivering today sweating. Glad some of your crops survived! Wish my garden looked as good! I am not expecting all that much being a beginner and such crazy weather conditions but I feel more productive nonetheless.

  2. Looks like your garden is doing alright considering everything that has happened with the weather and groundhogs. I can't believe that you had 90 degrees, we were in the 40's here. I can't wait for warm weather.

  3. looking good-can't believe we hit over 90 degrees yesterday here in the ozarks-not ready for that heat yet

  4. Its looking good! When I lived in Texas, I'd plant my sugar snap peas on Jan 15th and we'd ALWAYS have heavy sleet or snow a few days after... My peas always seemed to survive.. They're tough little buggers.

    Everything is looking good regardless of the groundhog & weather.. Enjoy!

  5. Peas? Lettuce? Beets? Wow, we're long past those temperatures. We're in jalapeƱo weather now.

    1. We have had a couple 90 degree days but next week they are predicting 70's and 80's with a couple nights in the 50's and one in the 40's.

  6. Can you help explain the onions to me? I'm confused on whether green onions are immature bulb sets that you buy or if green onions are started with seed (outside or inside?)? Are these a certain kind of onion that you planted for green onions and will bloom and give you seeds? I'm doing my best to get my tomatoes in the ground this weekend and green bean seeds (here in Mid Missouri). I'm a little late but hopefully it will be okay. Are you just now starting the sweet potato slips? THANKS AGAIN! Gina

    1. gina there are specific types of onions called bunching onions that do not make bulbs but are picked while young and used as green onions. Even if allowed to mature for 2 years they will still not make as large a bulb as the bulb onions. If you plant bulb onion from seeds you can use the thinnings or immature onions as green onions also. I am in Northern Missouri and do not plant my tomatoes in the garden until the 1st of June. I am planting my green beans and corn though. Usually I start sweet potatoes now and plant in June when the weather stabilizes. Also be aware that they are predicting hail and winds Sunday night. Hope this helps : )

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