This little sprout is the season’s first sign of produce. Barely a half inch today, it should be a full grown radish within a couple of weeks. Garden season has officially begun here in Indianapolis.
We have 112 square feet of raised bed gardens, and this year, instead of expanding the garden space, we’re focused on getting more out of the beds we already have. Unseasonably warm weather in Indy has been a treat! Last autumn’s compost is almost ready to add to the beds, and all of the seeds have been ordered and are ready to go.
Luckily, this year we thought ahead and have already planted a few seeds. We took advantage of the beautiful spring weather last weekend to plant snap peas, spinach, chard, kale, and radishes. Hopefully soon, the perennial herbs will have a few friends in garden!
If you are thinking about starting a garden this year, we highly recommend Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book. It’s our go-to garden guide along with Purdue’s Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar.
And if you’re looking for a source of organic (non-GMO) and heirloom seeds, check out this great list of online sellers from Mother Earth News. Or, if you are in Indianapolis, check out the selection from Slow Food Indy at the Winter Farmer’s Market.
Now, get outside and play in the dirt!