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Perfect weather and timing to plant the cabbage family.

They get a good watering and then are covered to shade and keep the bugs out. It’s often a surprise when I take off the covering to weed, till and water. After which I may have to cut a new bigger hole-free piece of garden fleece to cover them over again.

I’m starting out my starts ealier than last year. My first brassicas, lettuce and herbs.

It seems like every year it gets earlier. The weather is all of a sudden spring like, and I can’t resist.

The weather keeps reminding me to get busy and begin sowing seeds for earlier plants to plant out later. 

Herbs like basil and oregano need to be started early in this climate as well as lettuce and brassica. To start out they’ll be kept warm indoors until they germinate and grow to a good size for planting out. 

Another good winter activity. I never seem to have enough of these cages. 

They are for protecting favorite berries and vegetables from rabbits, deer, birds and even cabbage butterflies. Without them I would probably never get any strawberries, lettuce, brassica, chard or beets. 

But the days are warm. I’ve taken the 4 trays of brassica and lactuca outside in the sun, because the seeds were starting to sprout and I didn’t want the young tender plants to run away on me and become long gangly plants that would blow to pieces in the first wind when planted out in may.  

They are in a temporary cold frame in the gothic greenhouse construction now where it’s a little warmer.  

But I have to remember to to put extra plastic over them at night.   

I’ve sown a tray of brassicas and another of lettuces, also a couple of weeks earlier then last year.


The herbs from earlier seem to be surviving the cold nights and will probably be ok, but many of the scraggly sprouts most likely won’t make it. 

Now for a few days holiday in Holland. 

The sun shone a wee bit yesterday, but it also snowed alot. I was snugg in my tarped-in back porch finishing a couple more cabbage cages.

These are smaller – easier to move around to protect smaller vegatable beds from wildlife. And the smaller units fit better into the curved space of my crop circles.

The weather is never just right in the spring – too cold, too warm, too dry, too much rain, windy – and we have had all of these. With a little protection, the plants started early for later planting out have come along fine with a few exceptions.


At the end of a very cold windy week and with rain and better weather predicted, we got out in force and planted beds of letuce, fennel, onions (always more onions), the last potatoes, most of the brassica and more. Here with some temporary wind protection.




The presown cabbages, other brassica, lettuce, etc are coming up pretty nicely inspite of the cloudy, cold and rainy weather.

When we got back from Japan the weather was very summery, and it was difficult not to hurry up the gardening this year. Luckely I didn’t, because it has turned cold again. Colder than usual.

I sowed the pumpkins, cucumbers, maize and such the other day, so I hope it warms up soon. It’s under glass and plastic, so it should be okey, but it will need more warmth.

The growing season has now started.

During spring-winter I have been didling around with the over-wintering Fushias and pelargoniums, and sown a few onion seeds, but when I sow a number of flats with different types of brassicas and salads it seems like the gardening season has officially started.

They are started out indoors in the warmth and then planted out in late may or early June when the ground warms up enough and the risk of frost has passed.