How Does Your Garden Grow?

Pea shoots in the garden


Our garden is getting a slow but promising start this year. Here in Colorado we had snow on Mother’s Day weekend, a big wet spring storm that bent trees here but didn’t break branches.

Spring Snowstorm in Colorado


“We need the moisture” is what we Coloradans always say when this happens in May, and that moisture really did jump-start the peas we planted the weekend before.

Garden peas


The leeks are about the diameter of a pencil right now. Just ignore those dandelions.

Growing leeks in the garden


Hoping that the snow is over (dare I even say those words), we planted heirloom Amish Pie pumpkin seeds in the sunniest raised bed. I’ve never grown this type of pumpkin before, but I was won over by the charming seed packet.

heirloom pumpkin seeds


We harvested a little spring spinach last week, too.

Fresh spinach from the garden


A pretty viola that Mom gave us seems very happy in a partially shaded area of the front garden. Last year a gardening expert I interviewed suggested pine needles for mulch, and since we have an ample supply I’ve been using them quite a bit with good success.

Viola plant


Still to get in the ground:  tomato plants, basil seeds, bell and jalapeno pepper plants, and several BrazelBerries blueberry bushes I’m excited to try this year.

How about you? What have you planted, and what’s popping up in your yard? May your gardens grow exceedingly well this season.

Hugs and happy digging,

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P.S. From the archives, you might enjoy 11 Frugal Gardening Ideas and 11 Easy-To-Grow Seeds You Can Direct Sow.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

6 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. We just planted strawberries, and are pulling up weeds so we can plant other things. Everything is so green with all of this rain and snow!

  2. Strawberries – yum! We have SO many weeds here, too. Good luck with your planting plans. Readers, check out Kariane’s great blog at:


  3. I fear I’m still WAY behind, but I did manage to get a few rows of peas in the ground that are now sprouted, though a few weeks behind yours. I also planted a bit of spinach and I may harvest a bit later today – usually my spinach has bolted by this time in May so it’s definitely benefiting from the cool spring we’re having.

    I bought a few sweet bell pepper plants at a nursery and this year I’m gonna try growing them in containers. My best friend swears by this and her results are AMAZING! Seriously, I’m usually lucky if my pepper plants grow a foot tall and produce one or two peppers each, but hers grow 5 feet tall and produce dozens upon dozens of plump juicy beautiful bell peppers. So I’m trying her method which is: plant in a 4-5 gallon container (no bigger) use one part garden top soil, on part Miracle grow organic potting mix and one part compost. I’m not sure which element is the key but I’m suspecting that maybe peppers need to be root bound in order to produce well. Anyhow, we’ll see if it “bears fruit” or not (yuk, yuk) but I figure I don’t have much to lose!

  4. I would have been swayed by that pumpkin seed package too. Bob just made me a rose garden with four different colors of roses… blue, white, magenta, lavender. We haven’t gotten our veges planted yet. But all the flowers have started to grow. We have lilies and hostas that outline each of the three tiers of lawn in our yard, with flower gardens speckled throughout, and their doing fabulous. Can’t wait for till everything is in bloom!

  5. My spinach was close to being harvested…before the squirrels and the birds ate it. At least the birds leave me a little…the squirrels completely uprooted them.

    I’m ready for the cold weather to be over so that the rest of the plants can really start to take off.

  6. Sounds like you are way ahead of some of us. I’m betting the pine needle mulch is keeping the rabbits from eating your violas like they’ve been eating ours.


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