I love this time of year. The weather is perfect for working outdoors and this past weekend was no exception. We've been very busy flexing our muscles these past few weeks and are slowly making process on our garden projects for this spring. I planted out some of my early spring greens (spinach, bok choy, tatsoi, mizuna, lettuce and scallions) a week ago and they seem to be thriving. Unlike my old garden, there's not a slug in sight and I'm guessing that it will still be a few more weeks before the first cabbage whites appear. If I'm lucky, I'll actually get "hole-less" Asian greens this time around. At nights, I cover this bed with fabric row cover if temperatures are expected to reach down into the 30's. So far, they've remained untouched by frost. I've also direct sown my Fava beans and snow peas. This year, I'm starting my shell peas and purple podded soup peas in pots as I'm still working on installing their planting beds.
My potted figs have come out of dormancy as well. At our old home, I overwintered my fig trees in our unheated garage with success. When we moved to Vermont, we didn't have a garage so I kept them in an unheated enclosed patio. Unfortunately, they were no match for the severe Vermont winter and both of my original trees died. When we moved back to Massachusetts last spring, I made a second trip to Joe Morle's nursery and purchased three new fig trees - the two varieties I had originally bought ('Black Triana' and 'Paradiso') and an 'Italian Honey' Fig. I had a figs last summer and they were all excellent.