Finally, March has arrived. I experience my own version of “March Madness” every St. Patrick’s Day, when it becomes time to start the spring garden. I almost always start my garden by St. Patty’s. Why? Mostly because I can. In my growing zone, I can start spring plants any time between now and the end of the month. The last average frost date for me is April 15th.
So what can you plant? Here is my list for spring: snap peas, spinach, onions, lettuce, turnips, and beets. In two more weeks, I’ll add some brocolli and cabbage that I have started inside. So far, the weather has been good here in the Ozarks heading into the first day of Spring. If it goes bad, I am ready.
I keep some old sheets around to through over things, should the temperature drop. I do not like to use plastic, unless I have the greenhouse up. I have been so busy this winter, I have not had time to build the greenhouse again. So, I go back to plan one. A cold frame is also perfect now. (You can refer back to my article on cold frames on my Celtic Ozark Garden page on Squidoo.)
I have my peas set to climb walls 5 ft tall, made of PVC pipe and 1″ by 2″ rectangular garden fence. Once they get going, I will help them start up the fence. The spinach and lettuce is planted inbetween the pea fences. The turnips, beets, and onions are in a different bin by themselves.
I am going to add a video on this process this weekend, so you can see what I have done.
Failte go a garden!
Life in the Ozarks
Ray Province is a retired minister and owner of http://ping.fm/dY1qc The website chronicles life in the Ozarks. He also freelances in SEO, website development, and social bookmarking.
March 19th, 2009 Tags: cold frame, garden, lettuce, madness, march, onions, spinach, spring