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Spring Planting in the Bachelor on the Cheap Garden

Coffee Table 'Garden'
A repurposed coffee table, turned mini raised bed garden.


What a BEAUTIFUL day!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it's 72 degrees in my neck of the woods, so I've been playing outside today.

Some early spring plants are starting to come out of hibernation in the yard, such as tulips, periwinkle, and lilies.  Today I added some veggies to the 'getting green' mix, planting peas, carrots, lettuce, onions, and spinach.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, I can get away with planting seeds and sets this early in my neck of the woods.  Here is a list of early spring vegetables that are cold tolerant for USDA Zone 6a for 2024:  Asparagus, beets (Yuck, too 'earthy' tasting for my liking), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, Swiss chard, and spinach. 

Chair container
Carrots planted, Black Eyed Susan Vine will be planted when the time is right, to grow up the back of the chair.

This year I've decided to make my coffee table planter exclusive to onions, planting a combination of seeds and sets in red, yellow, and white onion varieties.  The combination of seeds and sets will give me a steady crop of green onions through the summer.  For the last two years, the coffee table planter has been a 'salad bar.'  A mini raised bed garden, it's situated close to my grilling area.  Along with some other strategically placed containers, to include herbs, I'll be able to pick items needed for a grilled meal, as I grill.  It doesn't get any fresher than that!

OK, the writing break is over, it's time to go plant some taters and rake up some leaves for the compost pile!

Related: Creating a "Salad Bar" with an old coffee table

Related: Growing your own potatoes in a grow bag is super easy!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


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