Earth Day: What are you planting?

22 Apr

We are getting into gear for summer bounty by starting some seedlings indoors.

We’ve got beans that Leandro started at a garden show, already big enough to require supports. We’ve started arugula and sweet peas that we hope to put in the ground after the last frost danger (April 30 in our Zone 6B, although I have alwaus thought it was Zone 7!?!) . Next up, we’ll start basil (Leandro loves pesto) and lettuces directly in the ground.

This makes me sound like I know what I am doing, but of course, I don’t. We have only recently had to take down or trim some of the many trees in our yard, so we are hoping that this will result in more sun for veggies…but this is purely experimental.

Our real vegetable source will be our CSA (Restoration Farm) in Old Bethpage where we will pick up organic vegetables each week. We just spent a great day helping out there, splitting dahlia bulbs and breathing fresh air.

I’d love to know what you are doing for Earth Day and whether you will be growing vegetables this year. I know some of my subscribers are fire escape gardeners, while others are real farmers and still others are herb kitchen gardeners like myself. Let’s hear about it! Please comment….

Happy Earth Day!

Natalia and Leandro


11 Responses to “Earth Day: What are you planting?”

  1. Debra October 31, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    My garden in done. I’ve cleaned up for the winter all but my patch of purple potatos that I hope to be eating at our Christmas dinner. Thanks for the great post and tips.

    • nataliadecuba October 31, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      You are GOOD; I haven’t even taken down my wee tomato patch…although I do still have a few tiny green tomatoes that I harvested before the frost that are now turning an encouraging red!
      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Bren April 23, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    These are my favorite containers for starting my tomatoes. Be sure to watch at the end of the season because most garden centers will mark these down so they don’t have to stock them during the winter months.

    Happy Spring Planting – looking forward to seeing your garden grow!

  3. Dianne Giacoia April 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Having a blast with seeds this year. My spinach, lettuce and arugula were planted outside and are already growing so I planted another batch. Have 3 varieties of tomatoes and if I was starting a nursery I would be in business since 99% of the seeds came up! Also planted Lupine, Malva, Sweetpea, and Coneflower. The girls planted peas and beans and marigolds. I even got Gerber daisies to come up planted from seeds I saved from last years plant. Spent earth day caring for my lot and realizing I had to stop since I ran out of room!

    • nataliadecuba April 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Wow Dianne! I may just have to spend Easter Sunday planting lettuce! Very inspiring!

  4. pobept April 22, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Do something shocking.
    Startle and surprise your friends and neighbors.
    Make everyday your very own Earth day.

    Happy gardening

  5. Lorraine April 22, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I agree with Paul Murray: every day should be Earth Day!

    Reuse, recycle, be a careful not a profligate consumer, support local farming,
    walk whenever you can instead of using the car,
    regift, turn electricity off when not in use, support companies
    that are doing their share to help the planet and boycott
    companies that harm people and the environment, plant a seed…..

  6. Paul Murray April 22, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Exciting stuff. I think I’ll be planting spinach and swiss chards as they keep on growing throughout the summer. Our strawberry plants survived the winter and growing bigger but I think the three weeks of buried under snow “did in” our rosemary plants so maybe we will need to replace those. Not doing that today, however, and not doing any special for Earth Day as got a big bike ride tomorrow and travelling down to Princeton. Every other day will be my Earth Days! 🙂

    • nataliadecuba April 22, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      I’ve been considering strawberries, but got a berry share at Restoration Farm (Leandro loves strawberries, but the conventional ones have a lot of chemicals and the organic are EXPEN$IVE!). Other plans include my herbs, of course — only the oregano overwintered (profusely, I might add) and there is some hope for one lavendar plant….and perhaps an earth box experiment with tomatoes for canning in the late summer. Need the dad’s assistance for that…Enjoy the ride!


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