It feels like our long winter has finally ended when we can enjoy fresh food from our garden again.
I had not got my cold frame started early like usual. (How long can I keep using the baby as my excuse for everything I am not getting done?)
But this past week or two, the warm sunshine has brought new growth. I love walking out to the garden at this time of year because every day brings changes.
And bigger weeds - but I'm working on that problem. A few days ago, the strawberry patch in the photo above could hardly be found because of the huge weeds. But an evening spent pulling weeds and throwing down some straw for mulch did wonders. Now to tackle the raspberries.
Today I realized that I could actually choose between asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, or rhubarb. Wow! Options! Maybe I'll just decide to have all of them!
We've already enjoyed several meals of quiche. My family loves quiche and I love how it will change throughout the year as various vegetables ripen.
I still haven't planted our whole garden. Didn't even get any beans in yet. But what I really wanted to write about is carrots.
I think I finally figured out how to get carrots to sprout in our heavy clay soil. For years I was discouraged about growing carrots. Even when sown heavily, very few of the carrot seeds would push through the soil crust.
A couple years ago I decided to try covering the seed with sand. It worked wonderfully. I tried again last year and again had success. I decided to try one more year to make sure that it wasn't just an accident before sharing it with you. And yesterday I spotted these tiny little sprouts - so it worked again!
First I rake a smooth level bed of soil. I make a row as wide as my garden rake. (About a foot.) Then I broadcast the seeds into this row. I don't make straight lines - just try to toss them out somewhat evenly. I try to be generous and plan to do some thinning after they grow. Then I cover the seeds lightly with sand (which I steal from my children's sandbox.)
The sand is much easier for the tiny carrot seeds to push through then heavy soil, especially if you get the pounding spring rains like we've had recently. My germination rate has been much higher.
Do you have any hints on growing carrots?