Monday, March 5, 2012

Early Spring Garden 2012


Ahh, spring gardens are popping up all over the Chattanooga area.  I'm a bit behind the rest... so what's new!  Since I was, ummm, sort of late, I bought my romaine, buttercrisp lettuce and spinach plants from Lowe's.  Then, just when I was ready to get them planted, our area was scheduled for 2 severe storms over a 5 day period.  Ok, so now we wait.  Finally I was able to get them in the square-foot garden on Sunday (3/4/12).  As I sit and type, we are now expecting frost tonight with a low around 26 F.  Can you say I feel jinxed?!?!  So now my garden looks like this....

On the bright side, our two relatively new Red Maple trees survived our crazy winter weather.  Aren't these blooms and seeds amazing?

Well, that's all I have to report this week. 

This weekend's plans:
potting strawberry plants
planting radishes in the garden
planting herbs indoors to transplant later
praying the lettuces make it through the crazy weather

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Happy Gardening!

This post may be linked to Tuesday Garden Party and Bloomin' Tuesday.




  1. So jealous that you are actually gardening now. I'm still thinking about it...

  2. Wow, those maple tree leaves look beautiful. We don't have them here in India. This summer I'm planning on growing mint leaves as we use them a lot in our curries!

  3. I'm in Atlanta and we had a freeze this morning too! Just when I was thinking of putting some veggies out early since it's been so warm already. Red Maples are such gorgeous trees!

    1. Manuela.. our frost warning for tonight seems to be cancelled. Hopefully, the lettuce will start to grow and produce quickly!

  4. You've made a great start.You're garden bed looks wonderful. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  5. I have lettuce starts that I am waiting to plant out--supposed to go down to 28 degrees tonight, so that put a damper on things! But well done--it looks like yours are very well covered, so they should be fine. And those red maple seeds--I haven't seen any that red before--beautiful!

  6. It is getting to that time of year. You're right.

    Stopping by from Tuesday Friend and Follow.
    Have a great day!

  7. I hope you don't mind me stopping in for the first time! Thanks for sharing. You can visit me at:

    1. Thanks for visiting... always love guests to stop by! Love your blog and insight on gardening. I was poking around a bit and will be back. I'm going to try to build your compost bin and learn from your square-foot gardening.

  8. Makes me want to plant something! Going to in April! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. Looks like a great start to your garden. I'm a bit behind in my prep, but your wonderful pictures have given me some motivation to get out there and get busy!

  10. Good for you for covering them up- not sure I would have, since I'm horribly lazy. :-) I had no idea red maple "blooms" looked like that! I thought we had a red maple at another house, but it didn't do that, so now I'm not sure!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I know what you mean. We are supposed to get into the 20s tonight, which is very unusual for Northern Coastal California. I have to get my stuff started inside this week too! The trees are beautiful.

  12. I hope the frost passes you by!

    Stopping by from the garden party.

  13. March weather is tough on plants and on gardeners too!

  14. Those seed pods are amazing! Do you know what type of Red Maple it is? We were supposed to have a freeze last night after 80 degree days...I'm afraid to go outside for a look! Found your blog through An Oregon Cottage..I will be back!

  15. No matter how many times I hear or read that verse from Ecclesiastes I get something a little different from it. I heard it again at a funeral on Monday, and was surprised, again, at the new slant God put on it for me as I heard it. Isn't it amazing how our circumstances can change what we hear into what we NEED to hear?

  16. See the spring garden gets me excited to plant my garden. Dropping by from the Wednesday blog hop. I'm a new follower. Drop by Saving Cent by Cent when you have a chance.


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