Yesterday I got a call from a friend because she has a lot of garlic growing in her yard and wondered if I wanted any. Once you start gardening, freebies are impossible to turn down so I headed over to her place to dig up a bundle. It was the most beautiful spring day. There is something magical about spring colours when the sky is bright blue and gives the new greens a yellow hue. This was the view from her garden…


Spring light


I haven’t had the chance to plant the garlic, but here’s what else has been going on in my East Nashville Edible Garden.

Peas! These are one of my favourites. I was rather reserved in 2015 so stepped it up this year and have 3 different kinds of garden pea, and then the sugar snaps and snow peas.


Young peas


The beets, carrots and salads are coming up too, and the fruits and herbs are starting to bloom. The strawberries are throwing out flowers and since each one becomes a fruit, the berries aren’t too far off.


23. The Young Ones


Although planted, the beans remain underground and there are also a few seedlings left to be planted. The kale and chard are in pots but will go into the ground this week, along with the onions, leeks and shallots, and the peppers and tomatoes will be kept inside a little while longer. It’s not quite warm enough for them to be outside all day and night.

It hasn’t all been a success story though. I had planned to grow cauliflower, savoy cabbage and broccoli but after lovingly tending them from seed to seedling in a grow box (and I mean lovingly), they were eaten within a week of being in the garden by worms munching at the stems. I begrudgingly let it go, with a plan of attack ready for the little blighters in the fall.

As if I haven’t enough seeds already this year, I just bought some more, including squash and melons, from my favourite online seed store, Baker Creek. (I’ve now banned myself from the site until the summer, knowing full well there is no chance I’ll stick to it.) There’s still time to order if you want to have a go at planting those this year.

I will confess that I’m new to growing melons and squash so that will be another learning curve.