I’ll start planting this week

Supposed to be in the 70’s all week!  Oh, my gosh!

But we’ll still probably have another frost between now and April 15th so I am moving with caution.

Today, I bought some seeds I’ll be planting – Henderson Bush Lima beans and Blue Lake Bush string beans.  I also bought some red potatoes and I can’t wait to see if those work!

Thanks, so much to my good friend Ray McGalliard for recommending Guilford Garden Center at Friendly and Guilford College.  I’ve been by there so many times and hadn’t even noticed them!  Kind of tucked away in that very crowded area.

They’re WONDERFUL and they have a lot of loose seeds.  I’ll be going back mid April to buy some plants.  A great garden shop so close to home!

Bush Lima Beans

Bush Lima Beans

Bush Lima Beans – 6″ apart, 1″ deep.  65 days to maturity.  Harvest when pods are bright green, the seeds are full-sized and the ends of the pods will be soft.

Blue Lake Bush Beans

Blue Lake Bush Beans

Blue Lake Bush Beans – 2″-4″ apart, 1″ deep.  55 days to harvest. Plant every 2-4 weeks until August.  Water after planting.  Have shallow roots.  Harvest when firm, crisp, and thoroughly dry.

Red New Potatoes

Red New Potatoes

Red Potatoes – add lots of compost at least 6″ down – 2 weeks before last frost.  Place 2-3 potato eyes on the ground.  Hill 3″-4″ of soil on top.  Water thoroughly.  Space center of hills 1′ apart.  As plants grow, mound soil and compost around plants.  Don’t expose to sunlight.

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