It’s That Time Again

Time for what, Kathleen? What ever do you mean?

I mean this…

Seriously? Are you collecting zombie brains, Kathleen?


And these tiny little guys.

What am I suppose to do with a handful of rocks?

 Give up?


 We call these babies, ‘swords’. Hey, what can I say? I have boys and one in particular resistant to eating green things. What better way to entice a young man…but with an tasty weapon? You do what you gotta do.


Yep, it’s that time of year again. Time to grow some yummy veggies.

Garlic planted back in November.
Garlic planted back in November.

In the area I live, west of the Cascade Mountains, it’s time to start the spring garden. In my search to learn when I should start planting what, I kept bumping into the name of a gardening expert on my region of the country. Steve Solomon is his name and he has authored Growing Vegetable West of the Cascades.

He knows all about our soils, abundance of rain, and lack of sun. And because he ran his own seed business (Territorial Seed) he is well acquainted with which ones grow best around here. I have most enjoyed his chapter suggesting the best seed companies to purchase from for the best germination rates (how many seeds per pack will actually become a plant).

In his book are projected dates to sow (plant your seeds).  It turns out we live in a pretty unique area of the United States (mild wet winters and coolish dry summers) and our approach to gardening  probably should be different as well.

So, I followed Solomon’s guide and planted spinach and sugar snap pea seeds this last weekend.


Yep, that’s them under that cover. I’ve learned from a bit of experience that the birds around our property love to eat my freshly planted seeds.

Don't ask me how, but birds just know there are seeds in that soil
Don’t ask me how, but those flying fowl just know there are seeds in that soil

I don’t dare expose them to the world until they are strong enough to fight back. Hee. Hee. Basically, I’ll uncover them when they’ve got deep enough roots.

Don’t have plot of land to garden? <Mom> Plant some seeds in a flower pot. Think edible patio art.

Next month, I’ll sow some onion bulbs, scallions, and potatoes. And then it’s time to start those seeds indoors. Broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkin.

Have you planted anything in your garden yet?

About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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3 Responses to It’s That Time Again

  1. Joan Porter says:

    I love the “idea” of planting a garden; however, I find my motivation lacking when I realize how much work it takes. Hats off to you Kathy for being the “farm girl” in the family.

  2. kathleen says:

    I’d be glad to come over and help, if you wanted, Mom.

  3. Terri says:

    So, just peas and spinach right now? I usually wait and plant everything in late May, but my gardens have been terrible the last couple years. I haven’t taken the time to find out when each vegetable should be planted. We have a greenhouse too, so we should be able to do this right if I learn a little more how to work with our unique climate. Thanks for the tips, Kathleen. 🙂

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