Stupidity has reared it's ugly head in the fruit garden. My, how dumb I can be. I put raspberries in the fruit garden, arrogantly assuming that corraling them in boxes would stop them from doing what berries are supposed to do---TAKE OVER THE WORLD. I am completely overwhelmed and find myself ignoring this portion of the garden because I just don't know what to do. I can't "spray" them---I refuse to use chemical "goo". I can't dig them. Well, I could. But there are MILLIONS of them. Ignoring them really isn't an option either, as eventually they will swallow the whole garden up. It's times like this I wish I had a magic wand. Or maybe a stiff drink.
I've started "rocking" the pathways in the sidewalk/kitchen window beds. I made drainage "ditches" in the paths to funnel water away and hopefully this will solve my problems with wash out in rains. The rock was "re-purposed" from the old pond area.
We've removed the Octogon garden and the Arbor/garden area and I've made calls to various people to FINALLY get water lines run to the garden (yea-no more hauling water!!) and to the future mystery project area. We stored the rocks and timbers for future projects.
Now, into the vegetable garden. The garlic is doing great.
The salad beds are doing fine too. I had Don watch me eat some freshly plucked spinach, in case I went into convulsions from FINALLY having some vitamins! Boy, it's been a long winter!
Other "Doings" so far this month:
I've finished edging around the entire vegetable garden.
Sowed all the Heat Lovers (melons, squashes, etc) into peat pots for transplanting in June
Potatoes arrived from Vermont Bean --I have to get those in soon.
I actually mowed a couple spots in the yard (for the clippings--to use for mulch)
Cleaned up front borders --transplanted some perennial splits in
Moved some perennial splits into the new East Border. (and on that note---I do NOT LIKE "sheet-mulching". Despite a winter buried under 8 inches of Donkey Doo/leaves/grass clippings and a thick layer of cardboard-when I went to dig holes for the perennials-I had to "cut" through the old grass layer. I'm concerned it will still grow into the new plantings)
The Winter Sown perennials are popping up and doing quite well. I'll transplant them into "nursery beds" for one year till they reach a good size to transplant into that new East Border.
The seedlings I started are having some "issues" that are making me question why I even bother starting my own. I like starting peppers/tomatoes, etc....but flower seedlings are frustrating. Many are weak, spindly, and not doing as well as I had hoped. I looked up in my journal from last year and I had noted this last year and put a reminder NOT TO BOTHER with the annuals. But , do I listen? Nope. Well, it's been noted yet again. We'll see if NEXT YEAR is any different.
Temps are FINALLY normal-but there has only been one day of rain since April 28th....and it was a LOUSY 2/10ths of an inch on May 10. I really need those water lines. Now.