The word “garden” is one of my favorite words. It engenders the luscious, green beauty of sugar snap peas fresh off the vine and sweet to the bite; the allure of honeysuckle blossoms as they exude the most lovely fragrances; and the playful intensity of rain boots and vintage watering cans. Naturally the word “garden” begins to echo in my psyche as soon as the first buds, blossoms, and baby leaves shyly hint at the oncoming spring of Spring. The only problem with this natural echo is that Boulder is like a Cheshire cat when it comes to the weather and its seasons.
Eventually I took my spring planting queue from 63rd Street Farm during the Farm To Table portion of my culinary program. The last week of F2T Amanda Scott pulled out a ginormous white board, went through seasonal crops with us, and gave us a spring garden design assignment. The timing was divine, because the conundrum of figuring out when to plant seeds or simply to starts seeds indoors was giving me a headache.
Based on Amanda’s spring crop list and my limited garden space, I came up with a simple garden plan that involved sage, chives, leeks, beets, lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, and carrots. Yet, as simple as this plan was, there were still a few tiny obstacles I had to face.
1) Peas can not be planted until the soil temp is 40 degrees or higher
2) Peas and Beets must soak 12-24 hours before being planted
3) The larger spacing requirements of beets and spinach
4) The 120 day grow period for the leeks and Onions
5) Keeping Blue (my housemates dog) out of my beds
With that said, I essentially started the peas, leeks, and onions indoors as well as sprouted the beet seeds in a jar for much longer than the required 24 hours (Oops!). Nonetheless, the Garden is officially planted and a waiting game has commenced. The beauty of it all is that each morning I Carpe Diem with an aqua watering can in hand and yellow rain boots on my feet, building a state of rejuvenation as I watch my little seedlings come to life!
Solutions, Oh My!
1) Cayenne pepper to keep squirrels and Blue out of my beds
2) Boards and plastic to protect my plant babies from the snow
3) Patience and Weather Apps
The word “garden” is one of my favorite words. It engenders the luscious, green beauty of sugar snap peas fresh off the vine and sweet to the bite; the allure of honeysuckle blossoms as they exude the most lovely fragrances; and the playful intensity of rain boots and vintage watering cans.