Spring Planting

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“Everything has its season, Everything has its time…”Pippin, the Musical

What to Plant in Spring

The following weeks will be intense ones for growing our gardens. So if you haven’t done so yet, start your seeds and weather permitting, get the following spring crops in the ground:

– Kale
– Fava Beans
– Lettuce
– Carrots

– Beets
– Cauliflowers
– Broccoli
– Cabbage
– Radishes
– Peas

When to Transplant in Spring

If your temps are consistently getting well into the 60s, you can definitely transplant these seed starts from your nursery into the ground.

If not, then you must wait until April to do so in order to prevent transplant shock.

With the occasional dips in the weather that occur during this season, make sure to cover any plants you have successfully transplanted with cloches, cloth or growing covers.

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The first four crops listed above (in bold) are hardier, more frost tolerant and can do well even in-ground even into the 50s.

How to Transplant in Spring

Here’s a short video on how to trasnplant seedlings.

Transplanting Video

These weeks are personally intense for us, but in a different way since our family is trying to grow spiritually as well during this Christian season of Lent.

Just as in gardening, now is our time for preparation, nurturing, quiet and then come Easter, we burst forth anew with life! So we plan to be on the quieter side of social media these weeks to come.

What does this all have to do with permaculture?

Permaculture Words of the Week:
“The Edge Effect”

Wherever two differing elements meet, that is the edge.

The fence that marks the edge of a property, where leaves will collect and birds will perch. That is the edge.

Where the sea meets the sand, and the seaweed and shell pieces collect. That is the edge.

sea and sand

Where winter becomes summer…
That is the edge we call “Spring.”

Edges are always richer, brimming with life and opportunity. They are more diverse places/seasons to thrive in. It is no coincidence that civilizations flourished by the edges of rivers.

We talk about an “eternal spring” because we don’t ever want this perfect edge season to end. Bugs are not yet out.

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Pollen may be killing your sinuses, but for good reason. (Well, at least in the mind of the trees that produced them.) It’s because those pollen-filled trees know that it’s their perfect time to grow. And so is ours.

So get offline, grow your garden and grow your soul!

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