Spring Garden 2023
It's that time of the year in New England. The ground has finally thawed, the snow has melted, and the rains have begun.
I spent some time this weekend working the soil in the raised bed, turning it over, digging out grass and dandelion weeds, and planting the cool-weather crops. The first wave of lettuce, mustard, and spinach is in the ground, and is just beginning to sprout.
I also planted a couple of beds of peas, including both Tall Telephone (Alderman) pole peas and Lincoln bush peas. There are several more types of pea seeds soaking on the counter, waiting for a break in the rain when I can plant more Tall Telephone, Maestro bush, and Tom Thumb mini-peas.
The tomatoes have gotten so large indoors under lights that I'm having trouble keeping them going until I can plant them outside, which usually happens about mid-May here. So another 3 weeks of keeping them going and hardening them off outside on warm, sunny days awaits.
I am hoping to buy some mint plants locally and put them in the ground. It has been impossible to buy dried mint in the stores for several years, and it is so easy to grow (almost a weed) that it's silly not to grow my own. I have limited space in the main garden, but mint will grow in shade and poor soil, so I can put it elsewhere in the yard. If my local nursery doesn't have any, I'll have to order it.
Peppermint will not come true from seed, so I'd prefer to buy actual plants. Spearmint and other mint variations can be purchased from seed, but I really love peppermint tea and other uses of it.
If necessary, I can mail-order them, though mail delivery the last few months has been poor. The local post office is short four people, and a fifth is retiring in May. Our own mailman was temporarily off duty getting surgery. Labor shortages continue and I expect that will be true for many years.
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