It sure is nice to have fresh chives available at this time of year. They’ve been under wraps all winter and were planted last fall and I’ve already begun to cut them back because they’re such heavy producers. They’re also a perennial crop-every year they’ll come up without hardly any work on your part. That presents a bit of a problem if you don’t keep them trimmed back because they will invade other areas of your square foot garden. For me, I keep them in place for 2 years and then I dig them out and plant something entirely different in that square. And now is the perfect time to start your herbs inside in preparation for planting out mid-May.
I’ve been planting lots of lettuce and other salad greens directly into the garden the past few weeks. Everything is already up and in a few weeks I’ll begin harvesting great lettuces for daily salads. I’ve mentioned some of my favorites-Green Ice, EZ Serve, Four Seasons, and Simpson Elite are some of the varieties I’ve been busy with. You can buy these from Burpee and you’ve still got 3 more days to order seed packs with free shipping.
If you’re a northern Utah gardener and are interested in learning how to be a successful square foot gardener, I’m holding my second class of the season. You can read about it here. These are classes that teach the basic fundamentals with the addition of learning how to build a tomato tower, or vertical support structure.
If you’re interested in learning how to make compost better than you could ever buy in the nurseries, then I have an entirely different class which you can read about here. Lots of fun things coming up this gardening season