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A Little Spring Planting

Coriander |

I am exhausted. Totally and utterly exhausted. But in a good way. My legs are wobbling like jelly and my arms feel like they’re about to fall off. My forehead is covered with little streaks of clay from where I brushed my hair back from my face. Freckles are beginning to appear on my nose, reaffirming my Celtic heritage.

The sun has been shining brightly in Lithuania for the past week or so and we have hit the garden, anxious to get some planting done. My herb boxes have been doing well – I have coriander (cilantro), lemon thyme and rosemary ready to eat and my chilli plants are growing nicely. Their sunny windowsill positions seem to be suiting them perfectly. This week I planted tarragon, flat parsley and basil seedlings into further boxes. I have now run out of windowsill, so any further herbs will need to go outside. I’m still hoping to build a greenhouse using old windows from our house renovations, but I think it will be a while before we get round to that, so windowsills will have to suffice for the moment.

Rosemary & Chillies |

The garden around the house is in need of a little colour so I decided to plant some flowers. My planting time is limited this year due to the renovations so my flower choices are dual purpose – nasturtiums for summer salads and sunflowers to produce seeds for the hens. Neither takes much tending once they have a sunny spot, although the sunflowers will need to be staked at some point to prevent them from tumbling out onto the path.

With the flowerbeds done I headed to our vegetable plot. We actually have quite a bit of land around the house but I’m starting with a small plot this year to make sure it’s manageable, both in terms of maintenance and harvesting. I was very busy last September just trying to harvest all the fruit from our trees so I don’t want to add too many vegetables that come in around the same time. I bought quite a selection of seeds (they were extremely cheap) but have yet to decide what I’ll plant. I might grow small amounts of a number of different vegetables to see what grows well in our soil and climate.

Vegetable Planting |

I’ll definitely grow a few varieties of lettuce to eat over the summer, some French beans and broccoli. We go through quite a lot of white beans, most of which we buy from our Farmers’ Market, so I know they can grow here. I’ve never tried them, though – I’m not sure how much work they’ll be as I know they need to be tied up when they begin to grow tall. I’ve concluded that the worst that can happen is that I’ll waste a bit of seed. If I get anything out of it – either vegetables or lessons learned – then it will have been worth the effort.

Apple Blossoms |

Our neighbour came round with his tractor and turned over the vegetable plot. Arūnas then set to digging a few raised beds and I got busy hoeing and raking, trying to break up the soil. There were quite a few big old roots embedded in the soil and it took quite a bit of work to dig them out. After several hours we finally got three beds more or less ready for planting – they just need a final rake and a good douse of water.

Speaking of water, keeping the plants watered is going to be good exercise in itself. Water is relatively expensive here so I plan to use what I can from a reservoir about 100 metres down the road. I’ll have to alternate my bucket-carrying arm to ensure I don’t end up lopsided!

The sudden arrival of the sun has given the garden a spurt of growth. Grass and weeds seem to have shot up overnight. The garden is full of dandelions and other lush green weeds which I am feeding to the chickens. I bought myself a second-hand push mower at the market on Sunday so that I can clear a little section of weeds each day for my girls. If I ever do get an egg all those yellow and green plants will give yolks a beautiful deep colour.

Dandelions & Hens |

We’ve really barely scratched the surface and already I’m exhausted. It’s a very happy kind of exhausted, though, because it’s all my own choice and because I know it will be worth it in the end. And on the plus side I’ve been sleeping very, very well.

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23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh, June! Sorry for changing the names! I was speaking with my daughter and I wrote her name (blush)

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    October 28, 2014
  2. Very good choices and equally handy tips, too, Lanie. There are so many gardeners in the inner city in particular who should read this post! I hope my garden will look as close as possible to yours next year!I’m really motivated!

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    October 28, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on RD Revilo.


    May 1, 2014
  4. Nice job, June. Your garden rows look great. It will be sooooo worth it. Lucky you to have blossoming fruit trees already. We have hardly a bud on the trees here yet. Winter is really slow in leaving. Apparently it’s the slowest the ice has gone of the Great Lakes in many a decade. Which might be helpful for water levels overall.

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    April 30, 2014
    • Thanks! The fruit tree blossoms seem to have appeared out of nowhere. We had a bright but chilly spring and I thought the ground was never going to warm up enough for planting, but then all of a sudden we got hit with heat. I’ve been in shorts for about two weeks now. The blossoms almost appeared overnight, along with long grass and lots of weeds!


      April 30, 2014
  5. Wow, you’re going to be as fit as a fiddle after all of this!

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    April 30, 2014
    • I know, Linda! I have a few big things on this summer (including one big birthday – yikes!) and I was wondering how I’d get the ole bod into good shape. I think I’ve found my answer!


      April 30, 2014
      • I need to get me a farm 😉

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        May 1, 2014
      • Nah, just borrow one. A bit like babysitting, it’s great to be able to hand them back at the end of the day!


        May 1, 2014
  6. Looking forward to the ‘sunny side up’ pic 😉

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    April 30, 2014
    • Here’s hoping I’ll eventually get an egg, Simone!


      April 30, 2014
      • You will. They’ve got to pop them eventually. If not, you’ll pop THEM into the pot…

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        April 30, 2014
      • They are getting nice and plump… 😉


        April 30, 2014
  7. Lucky you to have a neighbour with a tractor!!! I could do with one of those 🙂

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    April 30, 2014
    • It was very handy, Margaret! I started trying to do it by hand and nearly broke my back, so I was soooooo happy when he offered to do it.


      April 30, 2014
      • Lots of our neighbours naturally have tractors…. but they’re all massive yokes… no good for a small veg patch 🙂

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        April 30, 2014
  8. Beans are actually pretty easy. Depending on a variety, if they’re of a short kind they don’t usually need much of support for growing. And if they are of a higher variety and prone to climbing (? not sure if I use a right term), then you’d do with be a simple three pole construction (upside down “u” kind of) in that bed with some ropes going down from its top pole so that the beans can climb up that ropes nicely instead of making a mess on a ground. My aunt grows her beans this way and it sure makes it easy to harvest them, when all you had to do is stand or sit comfortably on a chair next to bean stalks and cut pods down. This of cause works better with a longer and thinner shaped bed

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    April 30, 2014
    • Thanks Aste! I’m not sure what variety I have as everything’s in Lithuanian. That said, I’m not sure I’d know one variety from another even if it was in English! Arūnas really loves beans so I’ll give them a go and see what happens.


      April 30, 2014
      • I love beans too 🙂 though the best part for me is that my aunt ask me to come over to pick some for myself, but I’m not asked to come help with any planting/weeding. So it’s really great for me 😀
        My other pod weakness is for sweet green peas. Yummy!

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        April 30, 2014

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