has spring sprung?

I got a little bit ahead of myself the other day with my green thumb enthusiasm to to go head first into the dirt and start frantically diggin away, which I did when I planted what looked like it would be an adorable red rosebush, successfully, I might add AND its already dead, I might also add, from the UNEXPECTED snow fall.  I am seriously swearing right now….

To release my death grip on the shovel and to find another way to amuse myself whilst I wait for mother nature to hang up her winter hat and hand out her sun bonnets,  I sketched myself a little garden map, which I’m kinda proud of, whaddaya think?


I will also share with you this little nugget of information I was gobsmacked to learn, but come on how often do YOU think about this…. if you get a garlic bulb break off the cloves and shove them in the ground (in fall)… it will grow. IT WILL.  And the same goes for things like onions, you know that onion you have in your veg bowl (or where ever you keep it) that’s got green bits growing off it, well that’s the poor wee onion trying to reproduce itself.  It’s not a frankenonion, its not a monster its just trying to survive, SHAME, next time try shoving it into the ground somewhere, anywhere, I don’t care, let the little bugger live….. well until we eat it of course.


stay tuned for garlic and onion growing experimentation 2009 take 1.



  1. Joe B
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Rather than twiddling (not twittering) your fingers and scratching notes on a pad wishing for spring… it is about time to get your butt in the woods and start hunting morels. If your weather is anything like it is in DC (cool and wet) than I’d say the little bundles of fungal goodness are about to pop out of the ground. Some people say the best time to hunt is when the leaves of dogwood trees are the size of a mouse’s ear. Find some elms, ashes, and tulip poplars in moist but well draining soils and the morel miracles will be there in all of their cupule glory. Happy hunting!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted April 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      I will start documenting my mushroom foraging affairs toot suite! Stay tuned.

  2. Gabriel
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Okay hold on one minute here. Before you start eating mushrooms off of your property I want you to show them to someone who knows mushrooms. Until you’re more experienced with identifying them it makes me nervous. Mushrooms grow all over my garden, especially after I put down fresh manure. I don’t think it’s that difficult to learn what’s edible and what will make you sick, but don’t get ahead of yourself until you do (please, I have enough to worry about with you out in the wild!)

  3. Gabriel
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Yes, wonderful advise about the garlic. It doesn’t take up a lot of space so stick some in anywhere you have extra space in the garden. It’s a natural pesticide so plant it around your roses (whoops sorry, sore subject) or anything that seems to attract a lot of pests. Let some of it go to seed. At the end of the season you’ll have these wonderful seedheads that you can snip before they open and have delicious garlic scapes to sautee or let them burst open. You can scatter the tiny seeds around and they’ll grow next season as well! Your garden map looks great. No potatoes? I’ve always been curious about growing potatoes. I think you have the perfect climate for it. Check it out.

  4. Joe B
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    For the most part you’re right Gabriel. But morels are one of the few mushrooms it is hard to screw up. Nothing really looks like them. The following website has some pretty good images:

  5. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    don’t worry Gabriel I actually know Joe, he’s not some whack job trying to poison me, i think? he is a federal scientist in d.c and resident fungi specialist, well that’s his official title, but I like to call him “spore boy”.

  6. Joe B
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Dr. Spore Boy please!
    But Gabriel is right in expressing concern. There are some mushrooms out there that are very dangerous and even deadly. So a great deal of caution should be taken. It’s just that morels are unique looking, they develop when there are very few other mushrooms around, and they taste so damn good.

  7. Sarah
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    What about Ramps? Those should be out too…

  8. Posted April 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    In my early years of gardening, I planted many things too early. There are some things, like peas, that like the cold. But for most planting i now wait until Memorial Day weekend. Even if your little seedlings don’t get killed, they just won’t do much until they are in warm conditions. My advice is to be patient. Sorry!

  9. Gabriel
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    The ramps I planted last fall are coming up and it’s very exciting! Can’t touch them this year although it’s so tempting. Thank goodness for the farmers market.

  10. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    none of the farm stands are open up here yet and it looks like the bloom is off the rose for the “new” freshtown supermarket…. pretty sad looking bunches of veggies they had out there today… boo hoo, oh well SOOOOOOON we will conquer!, although i did kill the rhubarb plant too.

  11. kim
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    My grandad always planted his carrots near his onions, as they fight off each other’s pests. It’s worth trying! (check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companion_planting for more info)

  12. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    i will certainly give that a try, thanks for tip!

  13. VigneronRowland
    Posted April 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Yea carrots and onion is good, also keep your families together, it makes rotation easier to keep track off. keep the roots to one section (beets, radishes, carrots, onion), the vines (your beens, squash, melons, cucumbers) to another, and your brassicas seperate too. Each family shares the same problems and soil needs, so its easier to keep them and move them in groups. I have to move my tomatos every year or I get nasties (although Im down here in Ulster, right on the Hudson, so its humid as vietnam here, you might not have that problem up in them there hill).

    like the blog …

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted April 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      ummm 2 questions what is “brassicas?” and “nasties?”. yes i am seriously this green! thanks for stopping by

  14. VigneronRowland
    Posted April 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Brassica is the genus of leafy green veggies; land cress, mustard, cabbage, cale, rapeseed, canola, rudabega, kohlrabi, broccolli, cauliflower, turnip. they are all related. if you dont move their plots form year to year nasties will become a problem as they build up in the soil.

    Nasties being what I call any fungi, virus, bacteria, or insect pest that ruin the plant. For brassicas and tomatos in particular the problem will be clubroot, botrytis, mildew, various “blights” and “rots,” a few different root and leaf-feeding flys. Im not much for needing to know the particulars, but when your veggies go from awesome looking to something you wouldnt want to eat, then they got nasties.

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