|Looking north toward the cabin and Growing Dome|
Temps are still as low as 3 degrees with highs in the 30's or 40's. The wind howls and it sounds like the roof is going to be ripped off. It's times like these that I remind myself that summer will be in the temperate 70's and 80's and not over 100F for weeks like at our old home.
The Growing Dome is the place to be during times like these. With the sun shining it's in the 70's and 80's which makes it cozy to sit in the Adirondack chair, read, listen to the wind, and watch stuff grow.
Below is the eastern side of the dome. I planted most of this stuff in late September. We ate lettuce, radishes, carrots, chard and kale throughout the winter.
Cast of characters here: kale, onions, rainbow chard, carrots and broccoli rabe.
|Carrots, rainbow chard, and red stalk celery|
|The radishes look as pretty as their picture.|
I just bought a Meyer lemon tree. In the background are some EarthBoxes. Box 1: spearmint, Box 2: rosemary in the back and cilantro sprouting in the front, Box 3 (which you will just have to imagine): lemon thyme in the back, basil in the front. The rosemary and lemon thyme are a year old now.
The west side of the dome has been my lettuce garden and it's almost done and I have to wash off the aphids before we eat the leaves. I know, "Yuck!" But there's some protein there, I guess. I've been keeping the aphids in check with insecticidal soap which works if I keep at it.
Some of the sugar snap peas are ready to pick.
And I have one last crop of snap peas waiting in the wings. These were planted late February.
Pretty soon it will be time to plant the warm season crops: beans, tomatoes, cukes are number one on the list. Yay!
And here's another Yay! We will be adding some raised beds where the south lawn is, so I can grow more stuff outside! We don't need that much lawn and why not have a potager (kitchen garden) just outside your house?
Happy Spring, everyone!