Garden Start 2016

We've had a really warm spring. I started a few things early indoors, like spinach and kale. These pictures are from over a week ago, I'm just slow to get it posted.

This was my first year doing a cover crop on some of my beds. It is a really pretty bit of green, especially because everything else is still dormant. The kind I used is called hairy vetch and I planted it late October I think.  It has really started to take off now. I'm following it with tomatoes which will love the extra nitrogen the vetch fixes in the soil. The real test of how good it works will come this summer!

 Here's my little holes for snap peas- I always do sugar snaps, and a few snow peas.

 And my spinach I started indoors in my soil blocker.

 The soil blocker is great for plants that don't like transplanting because there is no shock. The roots can grow freely. I have some of my indoor seed starts in cell trays too. The trade off is that cell trays don't use nearly as much soil and they also don't take up much space under lights. A mix of both is working pretty well so far.

Here is the spinach all planted (on the right).

I will update on the new garden area soon. We are behind schedule (still working on putting up a fence) but hopefully can get caught up soon!