It's my favorite time of year! I mean this crazy wind we have been having the last few Springs isn't totally my jam, but STILL.
I love the fresh growth everywhere. The feathery blooms on the maple trees, all the perennials poking up despite my yearly tradition of convincing myself they all died, AND I transplanted my first seedlings into the garden this past weekend!
It gave me a couple of heart attacks, to be fair.
Our last frost date here is May 11th, according to the Farmer's Almanac, so that's only a little over a week out, but last year we has a snow storm in May sooooo......serious trust issues going on up in here.
Anyway, we now have our snap dragon and calendula babies dancing out in the Spring breeze (gusts....tornados....ok, I'm being dramatic, but still) and, so for, they all look pretty happy!
Today the onions I started from seed joined their flower friends out in the garden!
Last year I started onions with bulbs I bought....somewhere? Doesn't matter. The bulbs did fine, but I kept reading about starting onions from seed and how much better it was. I liked the idea of being able to have more options when it came to varieties, and figured I'd give it a shot. So far it seems like it is going awesome! I'll give an update at the end of the season, but I'm pretty excited so far. I planted a total of 162 onion transplants today, which was way more than anticipated, and I had a ton leftover. It's amazing how many onions can fit in a 1020 flat, and 1/4 of that flat was taken up by leek seedlings!
Now, I don't have the space to plant more onions than I did, and I feel like ~162 onions will be at least close to enough for our family for a year. Fast math tells me that that breaks down to 3 onions a week, which may sound like a lot to most people, but we cook a lot at home and go through a ton of onions! It should be good though. Well, so long as it actually works out and I didn't just fill up a full 50 foot bed with duds....ehem. Tis the calculated risk we take!
This year will, once again, be full of learning experiences masked as failures, and that's ok with me. If I've learned one lesson with gardening it's that you can NEVER know everything. I'll be learning new tricks, tips, and mishaps until I'm ancient. How boring would it be otherwise though? All of these learning experiences are just steps taking us closer to fulfilling our dream of starting up our own market garden so that we can share our love of fresh, healthy fruits and veggies with all of you fine folks.
I could go on and on about the importance of what you put in your bodies and how we plan to help people discover the beauty of that, but that ramble can be saved for a different post.
Cheers friends! Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a lovely day!
Kelsey & Jon