I wanted to plant my potatoes early this year, but didn’t get them in the ground quite as early as I wanted. I was trying to follow Boggy Creek Farm’s lead this time around, as they were shooting for late January for spuds. I chose the back half of one of the 4x8x12 raised beds for the potatoes, and since I seem to be obsessed with leeks lately, I decided to use the often unused outer portion of the garden for more leeks. So, I planted Red LaSodas and some smaller variety I got from Johnson’s Backyard Garden that I’d had in a bag in a dark place for several weeks.
I had already worked a bag of compost into the soil, (mine will never be ready if I keep adding to it). So I laid out the potatoes, and began planting the leeks around them.
I did orderly rows last time, and seemed to have too much unused space in between. So, I just tossed them out and planted them where they landed. No more order around here!
You can’t really see very well because they are planted so deep, but this 4×4 section has leeks planted all around.
I also decided to try carrots again, although I’m normally not patient enough for carrots. I love these rainbow carrots from Botanical Interests.
I think they really are called Carnival Blend. The bag says they are hardy to 25 degrees, so well see how that goes. Hopefully I planted them deep enough not to come up for a couple of weeks. I’m letting the front of that garden rest, after supporting a heavy broccoli crop, it deserves some down time. I fortified it with some Live Tea from Sledd Nursery on West Lynn.
The leeks I planted a couple of weeks ago look good. I gave them a shot of 8-2-4 and a good watering.
I must say, it was a gorgeous morning for gardening, and really hard to believe I was plunging my hands in soil that was moistened from melted snow. Texas Gardening at its best. My next task, starting seeds indoors for a seed exchange in early March.