Getting the Green Thumb

Haven't seen Bugs Bunny yet.

Well it is mid February so that means it is time to start the garden. One of the advantages to living in the south is an extremely long growing season.

The garlic and carrots I started last November after remulching the raised beds are finally ready. I needed to clear all the leaves and small weeds that had been used to protect the plants during the few weeks of ground freeze. I also thinned out and replanted rows where necessary.

Looks like a years' supply.

In about two weeks the carrots should be ready for harvest and the garlic should have scapes out. After that the arugula goes in and by mid March the peppers, tomatoes and peas. I really love this part of gardening, when everything is still positive. Before the bugs, the storms, the heat and the humidity set in to combat every move I make.

So, first things first, I need to refertilize and turn the soil that is not already planted. I also need to trim back the dead growth of my spices and repot the ones that didn’t make it through the season.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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3 Responses to Getting the Green Thumb

  1. Mom/Meryl says:

    I am going to try your pesto recipe. I like the fact that it has less oil and cheese – in other words less fat. Do you really get the flavor when you marinate meat in it and grill? The problem with basil is your weather – it is not very mediterranean. We can grow it well up ‘north’ here which is good as we do not have any nearby markets with sufficient (for me) quantities to buy. I do not mind pinching, it is worth it to have basil outside the door.

  2. Wait! So you can plant carrots in November and they will grow and be ready in February? I always wondered how the Easter Bunny got his carrots so early. What zone are you in? I guess it won’t work in zone 7. My grandmother said the Easter Bunny lived in Miami. She must have been right.

    • I’m in 7B, more specifically just outside Little Rock. My carrots weren’t fabulous, but they did grow. We have fairly mild winters here (except this year) and incredibly hot summers. Gardening can be tricky here. I guess it’s tricky everywhere though. Mother Nature likes to surprise us.

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