A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Monday, May 2, 2016

End of the Month Round Up--April 2016


An Overview May 2, 2016 
 April is when my seed starting starts in earnest and this year was especially busy.
     
I "invested" $6 on a half dozen clear plastic shoeboxes (with CLEAR lids!) to put the seeded cells in .
I put it on the top shelf--it's the warmest--and labeled the outside of the box with the name and sow dates. It kept the soil nice and moist......and kept it extra warm as well. I had the best germination ever--most of the time 100% germination.  No more messing with plastic wrap or those FLIMSY plastic trays with the domes.
Seed Packs staying moist and toasty in Plastic Shoeboxes
Seedlings moved to trays on lower shelves to  grow on in cooler conditions

April 1-7  Snow everyday.  Totall for the week-almost 18 inches. Sanity---Short Supply.
                Temps ranged from 10 to 20 degrees BELOW normal.  Several nights we
                hit lows of just 6 and 10 degrees.

April 9-- Sunny--HIGH of 27 degrees. Fahrenheit. Not Celsius. Good Grief. Happy Spring. Ha.

April 10  Abandoned House on local Tree Farm


April 10 More snow

April 11-12  Flurries

April 14  BOOM--Spring Arrives. SUNNY!!!!!!!!  58 degrees.  Hooray.  Sanity found!

April 15--Michigan is a terrible state to live in--our governor does his damndest to make sure
              it's citizens bear the brunt of costs, allowing businesses to not pay, but one thing that
              it does do for us is leave cut trees lay for firewood and chip up branches and leave in piles.
              Hubby scored TWENTY YARDS of mulch......for FREE, off the state.  Hooray.
              So, the next 2 weeks will be spent shoveling mulch all over my various planting beds.

April 16-18 Sowed a flat each  day of alyssum .  I edge EVERYTHING with alyssum.                                         Hubby surprised I don't serve alyssum with supper!

April 19  Edged perennial beds around garage, sidewalk border and scummy pond bed.

April 20  Edged flower beds around south and west side of house.  Crisp! Beautiful!
                The only thing that would make this better is NO DEER and some spring blooms!
                                                       



April 21-24  Buckets of Dahlias planted. I move them in and out of the house every day. Tiring!
                   NOTE TO SELF---win lottery. Buy greenhouse.

April 24-26  Daytime highs only in the upper 30's for most of the day. Heats up around 5 pm--when
                    I am DONE for the day.  Not much accomplished. Hard to get motivated with a
                      bitter cold wind blowing.

Apil 27-28  Cloudy, cold, nighttime temps in the 20's and 30's.  Doesn't warm up until FIVE PM
               
                 NOTE TO SELF-Trying a heater in the garage on a timer set at 2 hour intervals.
                                           Has kept plants nice during lows in the 20's.  Will do from now
                                           on to spare me from running plants in and out of the house.

Mobile Table of Seedlings

April 29--58 degrees and SUNNY---Hooray.  Shovelled 10 more yards mulch
               Set up water tank behind little garden shed
             

April 30 --Sowed : Sugar Snap Peas
                            Lettuce-Valentine Blend
                            Spinach-Space
                            Mache
                            Radish
                            Planted Shallots

Last Years "Finds"--a water cart on wheels and double washtubs for planting up in the garden!


I'm so happy May has arrived. Though I am still 5 weeks away from planting the garden, it's nice
to be able to have the cold frames going and just enjoy a lot of time outside.
Hope you all have a great month.  I'll post again  after planting (June 4-June 10)
Date Day-April--RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame, Indiana