Why I Garden #11

Spring Garlic and new Compost

The first signs of spring are popping up across town. Irises are sprouting in the front yard and garlic is appearing in the backyard. We're still two months away from the last average frost date, but many of the hardier plants are showing new growth, swelling buds and sprouting leaves. I expect we'll still see some snow, even well past the Spring Solstice. But, that's life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

I also took advantage of a warm afternoon to turn over the compost. We've continued adding fruit and veggie scraps to the bin all winter long, so the compost definitely needed turning and aeration. I sifted out a wheelbarrow load of dark, rich compost and expect I'll have more soon.

More Info:

NOAA.gov - Last Average Frost Date Maps

Composting in the High Desert