Finally, finally, finally we were able to get out and plant some little things this weekend--lettuce, arugula, peas, beets, carrots, radishes, kale, chard, onions, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts....oh, and some luffa gourds that I'm experimenting with. (They need a long growing season, so I'm trying to see if I can plant them this early or if they'll be killed by frost...we'll see!) Except for the gourds, all the wee plants and seeds can survive a little more chilly weather.
Amidst the planting, I also scored a wonderful bargain. I've read about using old burlap sacks for weed barriers, but I've never seen burlap sacks for sale. However, this weekend Sweet Husband and I happened to be wandering through our local "Bargain Depot" and saw stacks of old burlap coffee bags--$1.50 each. So, I scooped up an armload.
I couldn't use them where I was planting seeds--because the seeds wouldn't grow through the burlap--but where I had plants (like in the above pictured bed) I laid out the burlap, poked holes in it, and poked the plants through--worked like a charm.
I also used the burlap where I'm not going to plant anything for awhile--e.g. where the tomatoes and cucs will go in a month--to help keep weeds from growing in the meantime.