We've had several days of sun and blue skies here in the Emerald City, and I'd like to think I've taken full advantage of it. I've planted pots of arugula, radishes, calendula, garlic chives, plain old chives, nigella, and peas.
I also shoveled and sifted about three cubic feet of compost from one of our backporch bins. Since there aren't many macro- or micro-organisms living in the potting soil I use in my containers, I try to introduce as much "real" life as possible by adding lots of fresh compost each spring. Sometimes that means hauling bags of commercially-made stuff up our back stairs, but this year, our little home composting operation has generated more than enough to get the season started.
Today is shaping up to be another gorgeous one, which means it's probably time for me to go back outside. If gardening is on your to-do list for the weekend, here's some green inspiration for you: