Enjoy the sunny weekend we are having and throw some seeds in the ground! You will be happy you did when you can walk outside in your own yard and come back in with most of a meal!
I transfered the lettuce, arugula, and tomato seedlings and planted them in rows. I know they look a droopy, but they will get stronger as their roots grow in. I planted them pretty close, because by the time the tomatoes get big and cast a shadow, the lettuce will be pretty much done for the season. It is a little early for the tomotoes to thrive, but they were getting too tall for the plastic green house, so in the ground they go!
I then broke up a head of garlic that I had in the kitchen. Garlic is the easiest! Just pop each individual clove into the ground about two inches under the soil. Put them the same direction a clove sits. They need a bit of cold first to activate and trick the seed into thinking it is winter. So if you have had the garlic in the house, put it in the fridge for a few days and then plant it. While the garlic is growing it does not need very much water. Keep this in mind while you are planting. It just needs enough to keep the leaves rigid. It will grow thin green stalks. When they are ready to harvest the stocks will turn brown and completely fall to the grown. Under the soil will be a plump new globe of garlic! If you get anxious and pick it early (I have done this many times) then you will have a skinny little garlic that isn't very good.
Over the next few weeks I plan to till the other garden beds, and plant some of the vegetables listed above. One more tip to keep in mind. Onions and carrots are great to plant next to each other. The pests that like carrots don't like the smell of onions and vice versa. Carrots are not good to transplant because the root is too sensitive. So wherever you plant your onions, leave a space for a row of carrots as well. I will write about how to do potatoes because it is an interesting process! Soon I will write about what to harvest this time of year! Have fun in the mean time!