Here in East Tennessee, my garlic has been up for several weeks; although my shallots seem to have disappeared. I mulched both heavily with straw when I set them out last Thanksgiving; I don’t know why the garlic came up but the shallots didn’t. I have some collards that overwintered in another part of the garden, and which are now putting up stalks with the incipient seed pods.
I have numerous large pots (20 gal.?) in which I have planted some hot peppers (habaneros and serrano tampiquenos) and dwarf-variety tomato plants that I started from seed about 6 weeks ago. We are going to have a frost over the next couple of nights, following a rain front that has been moving through here, so I will have to cover up what I have in my pots; but hopefully this will be the last danger for frost before the usual “last frost date” of April 15 in this vicinity.
I have tilled up my larger garden (where the garlic is coming up), which is about 8’x40’; and in another week or so will be putting in several varieties of tomatoes that I started from seed – Tidwell German, Mortgage Lifter, Oxheart, and Black Prince – as well as some Marfax bush beans and Luther Hill corn. I have some seed potatoes (Katahdin, I think) that are being shipped to me; and if I can find some space in the garden I have some Moon and Stars watermelon seeds which I hope to plant. Finally, I am waiting for some okra to sprout under my grow light, and will transplant those into a few remaining large, 20-gallon pots once the okra is large enough.
There are a couple of blackberry canes that I keep on the edge of my garden, from which I usually get enough blackberries to make about a dozen 1/2-pints of jam every summer.
I am ready for the last frost to come and go!