I say “Oh, Baby, Baby” alot. I know, you’re thinking “That’s so Britney Spears”. And you’re absolutely right. I love Britney Spears, I can’t help it. I think everyone between the age of 20-35 secretly does. If you tell me you don’t I won’t believe you, and will probably find you do doing a school girl shimmy in your bedroom if I sneaked in one night. But then I would get arrested. For now I will just trust you that you love her too.
We planted our onions, kale and carrots – oh baby, baby! Seeing these new plants in our garden is really making me feel like spring is almost here. With the peas past the 1 inch mark now and seeing the onions blowing in the wind, the garden excitement is back. Although it really never left, now it’s just in overdrive.
Also, I found something I am really good at and that’s always exciting. Actually it’s even more fun when I look at Matthew and say “I am so much better than you at this” and he laughs, because he knows I am so many levels above his in sorting onion sets out to make them into individual plants. I think I was about 6 plants to his 1, I was a onion sorting machine. I use the technique of pretending the onion set and roots are hair and jus pulling apart slightly while shaking to get the knots out. I think it’s a girl thing.
This is how the onions look, beautiful, right? Then you realize there are about 5 onions in each set and all the roots are tied together down bottom.
No worries though, just shake them out and soon you will have individual onions.
We ended up with about 50 separate onions, we don’t have room to plant 40 though. So I had to play that role of picking favorites, it was hard. I think I almost cried. I tend to personify everything and then become attached. Even to onions.
Here is 24 onions planted! Woo Woo! This is our first time planting onions so hopefully it goes well. Most times you would probably have these a few inches further apart if you had the ground space, but we have a roof, so we do what we can.
Next the kale! Matthew is currently obsessed with kale. He didn’t think he liked it, then he had lunch at a friend’s house and when he came home he excitedly told me we must grow kale and eat it all the time. So that is what we will do.
Look at these gorgeous guys.
Ok 8 kale plants – planted!
Here’s the onions and kale together. Note the spots next to the kale are cut already but nothing is inside. This will be the home of the spinach!
Last up, carrots. We love our carrots. Last year we had great luck with growing some big carrots. Carrots are great – for dinner, for juicing, for snacking. Plus I think they’re hands down of of the most gorgeous plants in the garden with their bushy green tops. They remind me of bunnies. I told Matthew I was going to buy a pastel bunny statue and put it near the carrots. I still want to, although once I start decorating the garden, I won’t stop and we’ll suddenly end up with every animal in the world in statue form on our roof. Where was I? Carrots! This year we bought carrot pellets, because carrot seeds are so tiny to sort though. They sell these pellets now that have the seed somehow inside, I don’t know how they do it, I would like to think of it as modern day magic.
We planted close to 48 carrot seeds, but with weeding out we’ll probably end up with close to half. That’s so many carrots. I’m so excited. *Dances* We often dance on the roof. I started this trend between us as when I get excited I grab Matthew’s hand and do a happy shake, think of a girl on American Bandstand in the 50s/60s. My dance moves are all out of that era. They’re pretty amazing. Well now we both do it as a garden dancing ritual. It’s fun. I would suggest everyone dance in their garden. I think it makes the plants happy. We also sing to the plants but that’s another book to write.
Anyways, by the picture above after we plant everything we water them – but not with water, with compost tea. MMMMMMMM. The plants love it. It’s like a gourmet dinner to them.
Spring time is almost here! Have a lovely day all.