Saturday, May 18, 2013
I got the onions planted--I ended up with 135 in the bed--which will give me plenty for the year. Dixondale was generous as always with the bunches, and I ended up giving the rest to neighbor Darby down the road. It didn't even look like I had touched the bunches. I'm sure she could plant twice that many and still have plenty to share! She gave me 2 dozen of her gorgeous organic eggs in return. Can't beat that!
I'm hoping to get the potatoes planted this week, but top priority will be given to orders from Nourse Farms (3 kinds of raspberries, a couple more blueberry bushes and another variety of ever-bearing strawberry) and BlueStone Perennials that are due to arrive this week.
The only thing growing so far is lettuce, radish, spinach, garlic, and sugar snap peas. I can't recall ever having so little going on in the garden at this point in May.
The good thing is everything is prepped and ready--so it will just be a matter of getting things into the ground.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The entire month of April was 10 to 20 degrees BELOW normal. Our first warm day was April 26,
We finally got rid of the snow and in the past ten days the lawn has greened up, the forsythia are in bloom and all is right with the world...........I'm just WAY behind on garden cleanup and prep work.
I also got the sidewalk and kitchen window borders tidied up and ready for spring.
I will be starting to plant this area up this summer with perennials I raised from seed this winter.
None of the perennials I planted in this area last year survived the rampaging deer. I may have to fence these beds.
The porch and deck are loaded with seedlings I started this winter. I have tons of delphiniums, foxgloves, lavender, agastache cana, hyssop, and artemesia . I also have all my vegetable starts and 6 flats of cosmos/zinnias/alyssum. These get taken inside whenever temps dip to the 30's. It's going to be a LONG month of hauling in and out. I'm shooting for June 3 as my planting date.
Happy Spring! (finally!!)