One of SoupAddict’s very favorite days of every year is the first really sunny, warm day, when winter’s snow is in the rear view mirror and everything is greening up. (Like SoupAddict’s garlic plants.) In 2010, that day just happened to be the first day of Spring.
The main garlic garden took its time sending up sprouts this year. SoupAddict understands, though, and is secretly jealous that the rules of human society do not allow her to hibernate through January and February, like her garlic. You’re down with that, right? Winter was brutal.
Georgia Crystal is in the foreground; German Porcelain in the background. These hard neck garlics will be ready in August, but they’ll send out scrumptious scapes in early June. (Scapes are garlics’ curly, long flower stalks that must be removed in order to divert the energy required to produce a bloom back to the bulb. But don’t discard: they have a lovely, delicate garlic flavor and can be sautéed like green onions. They’re prized purchases at farmers’ market, if you’re lucky enough to get there early.)
This 16′ x 2 1/2′ strip on the south side of SoupAddict’s deck will hold sugar snap peas (which can vine up the trellis wall). The corner that bends around the west side of the deck will hold radishes.
SoupAddict turned this lush and loamy bed over on Friday night and found it loaded with earthworms. SoupAddict loves da wormies because that means that all the work she has done on her soil over the years has paid off. Happy wormies means happy soil, which will mean happy plants.
Sugar snap peas and Pink Beauty radishes were sown on Saturday.
The Spring planting season has begun!