It’s high time to get my garden patch ready for new plants. Yesterday afternoon’s balmy weather inspired me to (finally) pull up the frost-killed basil, peppers, and assorted cold weather weeds blighting my raised beds.
Since our historic date of last frost is February 12th, it’s high time to get spring plants in the ground. I think I’ll head to Banting’s Nursery (3425 River Road, Bridge City, LA) this weekend for some tomato plants and compost. Banting’s is a local retailer for “Zoo Doo Gold”, a soil enricher made from composted Audubon Zoo organic material, packaged in biodegradable bags. Zoo Doo is also available directly from the Audubon Zoo Marketplace, and zoo admission isn’t necessary to shop in the store.
Several weeks ago, the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog arrived in my mailbox, and I’m trying to narrow my choices. (Or I’ll just have to expand my garden! ) It’s hard to resist heirloom beans like the tiny, brown Monkey Tail cowpeas, the White Wonder cucumbers, or the incredible variety of herbs. Based on last year’s garden performance, I’m planning to expand my pea patch, give up on the artichokes (the plants take up too much room in my limited area), figure out a better support system for my cucumbers, and try to find a little space for canteloupes or muskmelons.
Meanwhile, I finally picked the very last citrus fruits. It’s time to prune any especially tall citrus branches (only because I don’t want to use a ladder to pick fruit), fertilize, and clear grass from beneath the trees.
What are you planting this spring?