Veggies 5.0

With spring running a few weeks behind, we planted the cold weather crops today in the 4′x4′ vegetable beds in the backyard of the Lot. I had ventured out this past week to pick up some new vegetables to try. Those are marked with an asterix below.

The Cold Crop Lineup

Here is what the first round of planting included:

  • Melting Sugar Snow Peas
  • Oregon Sugar Pod II Peas*
  • Hollow Crown Parsnips
  • Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach*
  • Evergreen Long White Bunching Onion
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Baby Bok Choy Pak Choi*
  • All Season Butterhead Mix Lettuce

From Lot to Pot

This season we will be growing some of the veggies in pots. I picked up some Bright Lights Swiss Chard to plant among the pots and even in the perennial beds because it is so pretty and colorful. It’s a bonus we get to eat it!

Since we love snow peas so much, two different varieties were planted. I also planted a large container with a tee-pee trellis with snow peas. When the snow peas are finished for the season, this large pot will be the home of a tomato plant.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2014

This month is a time of transition for the Lot in its urban, Zone 6a. Last week brought a lot of new growth as both bulbs and perennials began to stir. The snow was finally gone, temperatures were steadily warming, and daylight hours were increasing. I had a pretty productive day last Friday pruning and cleaning up the garden. There are even a few photos to share for this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

One of the first spring arrivals on the Lot are the snowdrops:


Closely followed by the lenten rose:

Lenten Rose

And the daffodils!


Yes. That is snow. This morning brought a fresh, fluffy blanket of snow just in time for Bloom Day. At 28 degrees F, my fingers were chilly snapping these photos. I’m wondering if fellow gardeners over at May Dreams Gardens (home of GBBD) are experiencing the same? And what’s blooming in your garden?