Planting By The Signs For May 2010

Explanation of different types of seeds

My spring garden is in it’s full glory-I’ve got leafy lettuce and spinach; round red radishes, and green onions galore. My cabbage is coming along nicely-but my sugar snap peas aren’t as big as they should be-between the busyness of life and my determination to plant by the signs-I didn’t get them planted as early as I should have.

My lettuce, spinach and radishes are the best I’ve ever grown. Is it cause I planted them by the signs? I think so-yet there are 2 other possibilities: Could it be I had better seeds to start with-since Hometown Seeds sponsored my garden this year? Could it be that we added a load of mushroom compost to the garden? What do you think?

One thing I do know-there is no better eating than when you can walk outside and gather fresh veggies from your own garden. Almost everyday I walk out and pick lettuce, spinach, radishes and onions for my lunch-the only think that would make it better? If I could pick my own tomato too-still too early for that here. (in case you’re wondering-that is barbwire you see in the pic-the latest treasure found by Chitter in the woods)

Now that I’ve shared the progress of my spring garden-I hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me about yours.



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    May 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Looks absolutely beautiful….the signs make all the difference in the world when it comes to gardening.
    Rachelle in Aquone, NC

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    May 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I think maybe it’s all those things combined that is making your garden beautiful.
    No garden in down here yet. Just haven’t had the time. But I should have it planted (mostly) by next weekend. Gotta follow the signs!

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    Miss Cindy
    May 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

    My goodness, those vegetables look wonderful!
    There is nothing like fresh vegetables.
    I don’t grow much but have planted some spinach…one of my favorite foods, and the Deer Hunter helped me plant some asparagus crowns.
    The asparagus is already coming up but it is very tall and thin …I may not have enough sun for it.
    Yesterday I planted a Cherry Tomato plant is a big pot that I can move to get sun.
    After the rain a couple of days ago everything has turned lush around my house.
    This is such a beautiful time of the year here in the mountains. I love being here!

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    May 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

    My cabbages look good, but looks like you are whoopin’ me on everything else! I am not sure about the signs here. Cool wet weather has been the main problem I think. I believe my potatoes sunk!

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    May 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Guess we should havea paid more attention to you. Our spinach is just sitting there.
    But we are so enjoying lettuce and onions and radishes. Our first garden in about 36 years.
    We now have out 27 tomato plants.
    I am looking forward to your recipes.
    We made a lettuce recipe last night that took mandarin oranges!

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    Vicki Lane
    May 5, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Beautiful! I’m getting lots of asparagus but I was slow getting everything else planted, alas. No lettuce yet. (And that mushroom compost is good stuff!)

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    May 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Looks delicious, Tipper!! Can I come for lunch???

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    May 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Your garden looks wonderful! You made my mouth water describing your lunches!
    Ours is just barely coming along. The only thing that looks good are the tomato plants. (And this year I planted some calcium with them to try and avoid the end rot).I think I’m going to have to replant my squash and cucumbers. I have some of the mushroom mulch to put on my beds,too. Hope it helps!

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    May 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Steve-they do like to help in the garden-one more than the other : ) But both like any opportunity to look for rocks in the garden-ever hoping to find an arrow head.
    Blind Pig The Acorn
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    May 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Your garden looks terrific! A little foretaste of things yet to come here in the north, although I should have enough lettuce for a salad in a week or so. I am looking forward to the tomatoes too, hope we don’t have the blight in our area again this year.
    If you have the room, next year it would be interesting to plant all Hometown seeds, some with the signs, some not. That might give us all a better idea of how well planting by the signs really works, though my grandpa swore by it and always did have a lush garden.
    Keep the updates coming, this experiment is very interesting!

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    Nancy M.
    May 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Wow! Everything is looking so great! I’ll bet it’s delicious!

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    May 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Your gardne is pretty, I have lettuce.and onions, radishes, I set out the buutercrisp lettuce and it is wonderful. Keep up the good work, God Bless and Happy Mothers day.

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    Fishing Guy
    May 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Tipper: What a wonderful garden, we are in our Ohio roller coaster weather with radical swings up and down.

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    May 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    i can almost taste those fresh veggies. I like the lettuce photo. my dad always had greens of somekind growing year round. mustard, collards, turnips, lettuce and cabbage. there was always a mess of greens to be had in our house. my husband is from the north and had never eaten greens of any kind, when he ate my mothers collards he was smitten with love for greens and now he loves them.

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    May 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    look at the beauty of your garden.. what blessings we have… im so glad that you share this with us.. i could almost taste that salad.. mmm i adore radishes.. i think that the planting schedule you have is tried and true, and the secrets passed down are the most valuable.
    sending big ladybug hugs

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    steve in Florence KY
    May 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Love the story and the pics of the garden. Do your girls like the garden?

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    May 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Them’s some nice radishes!

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