Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Hardy Start

Yesterday we planted several "hardy" seeds, you know, the ones that can take a hit of shifty temperatures and still survive.  We put the leeks and garlic into the ground that we got as a gift for Easter a couple weeks ago. I'm told they are easy to grow. We also planted seeds of carrot, parsnip, beet, radish, and peas. One week ago we planted some peas, onions, and spinach. We saw the first sprouts a few days ago. One spinach sprout. And two pea sprouts. Here's hoping there's more to come...
With the spinach sprout (pictured above), there are at least 3 different varieties of weed sprouts that also germinated with our care and watering. The weeds here are wild and mean. They truly put up a fight!  They have roots that go to china.  They have thorns, barbs, and grow flowers that stink. I hear people complain about grass in their strawberry patch. I'm there with them. Here in the Wild West, the grass you pull from the strawberry patch has a network of strong, thick, barbed roots that practically extend for miles and each inch long barb grows a new shoot of grass. Below is an example of one I pulled up. The grass is in my hand that is nearest to you in the picture, and the root is the rest of that length, with barbs every 1-2 inches.  I'm pretty sure this is nature's hidden coil of barbed wire. No good!
After talking to some local green-thumb neighbors, I'm told the best way to kill the weeds in your garden beds is just keep pulling them up by hand when they're young. Exert some brute force. Wild West style, I guess. My tip is to wear good protective gloves, cause you're going to be fighting hard!

On a cheerier note, aren't our painted garden markers cute?  

They won't blow away in the wind and they cost nothing if you've got white paint, rocks, and permanent markers hanging around.  It's the perfect garden project for these three tame dames when the Spring wind is whipping through the fields.