This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, March 25, 2013

turning under snow to sow pea, carrot and beet seeds

sowing in snow 001 sowing in snow 007 sowing in snow 019 Yesterday I decided I had enough of this snow! So I got out my shovel, turned under the snow and planted.

There was about 4 inches of snow on my garden with nicely thawed soil underneath. I turned the snow under like it was a cover crop. Then I put in a wide row of snap peas, two rows of carrots and a row of beets.

Now I feel that the gardening season has really begun - to heck with the snow!

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Anonymous Erin W. said...

I live about an south of you and was to scared to plant yesterday despite my great desire to get into the dirt. Hearing that you planted despite the snow might just be the catalyst I need to get me into the dirt tomorrow after work.

March 25, 2013 9:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I can't say it was the best thing to do. But I figure at worst, the seeds I planted will rot and I'll need to replant. I'll keep an eye on them and see if they germinate. One thing for sure - it was fun to work in the garden. I got my hands good and dirty. I saw a pair of blue birds checking out the plots, song sparrows were singing. It really was great.

March 25, 2013 10:26 PM

Blogger Mir said...

This winter has to come to an end soon, or at least I hope it will! :) You could cover your planted seeds with garden fleece to raise the temperature just a little...could just help the soil not to freeze again.

March 26, 2013 2:08 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

It makes you feel so better to get out there and active doesn't it. My sister and I have been building up our squash and pumpkin area between snowy days. But the wind has been so cold, we have to keep moving and sipping coffee and tea or we ice up!!
Marian (LondonUK)

March 26, 2013 9:12 AM

Blogger icebear said...

Most of our snow is gone, but an inch or two down, the ground is still rock solid. I have to be content with sowing indoors for a while.

March 26, 2013 9:37 AM

Blogger blueberry1946 said...

Priceless . . .

I'm several weeks behind you planting wise, and good thing because my garden has at least a foot of snow out west of you in Princeton. And its a good thing I'm weeks behind you because then I know how and what to do next!

March 26, 2013 1:08 PM

Anonymous B said...

I planted a rhubarb root about 2 weeks ago, went out today and shoveled the pile of snow off and saw a green shoot coming up!

March 26, 2013 3:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! I was thinking that I was going to plant the same seeds in my garden tomorrow. I decided to check in to see if you started. The snow is completely melted off my beds and the soil is workable. I live in Needham, a little south of you. I'm going for it. Hope our seeds sprout!

March 26, 2013 3:50 PM

Anonymous katie said...

I agree! I am so tired of winter weather...I am going to follow your lead and plant this weekend too! Or maybe at least start my indoor seeds germinating.

March 27, 2013 10:24 AM

Blogger Dewberry said...

I'd like to sow peas, too! But here, in Poland not only we have lots of snow, but also the ground is solid frozen!

March 27, 2013 4:03 PM

Anonymous Joe said...

Your post convinced me to get some stuff planted here. We don't even have any snow on the ground, and the weatherman is predicting warmer temperatures, so I think it'll work out for me. A few peas, carrots, turnips, and radishes all went in the ground today. Here's hoping they all grow!

March 27, 2013 5:45 PM

Anonymous Michele said...

I told my husband that we it's planting time! :) He has built me 7 cedar boxes this year to plant in! I can't wait to use them! We have our garden plans all set up and are ready to start sowing seeds outside! Thanks for the inspiration-

Michele- Topsfield, Ma

March 29, 2013 12:56 PM

Anonymous Sasha said...

Wow I've never planted in snow before. I've got my plants inside. Your vigor is inspiring. Best of luck to you.

March 31, 2013 11:34 AM

Anonymous Julie said...

Good for you! I don't know how people deal with all that white stuff. It would drive me nuts not being able to get out in the garden.

April 04, 2013 10:19 AM

Blogger Renate Waas said...

I also did some sowing today. Carrots and Radies (brassica).

I love your blog and check just to see, what your are doing.
Greetings from Germany, Munich

April 05, 2013 3:35 PM

Blogger Stacy said...

I wish you great success with your planting. I think it is going to go well :)

April 07, 2013 10:26 PM

Anonymous Diane C said...

You mentioned the birds checking out your plot but Skippy seems mighty interested as well!

April 07, 2013 10:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks the great garden tips and ideas. It help me a lot, to prepare for springtime.
I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing your posts and ideas on Glipho? It's a quite new social publishing platform for bloggers like you.

April 11, 2013 8:08 AM

Anonymous edible gardens--point loma said...

Bi-coastal moment for me. I remember March and mud season. See my post from two years ago on the subject.

Wish you a good gardening season!
edible gardens--point loma
San Diego

April 12, 2013 11:22 PM


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