Spring Garden Gallery

The back garden plot is finally on its way.  I hope to get the warm weather vegetables into the soil this weekend, as the cool veggies take the lead.

Interspersed with intentional planting are the allowed beneficial weeds:  lambsquarter, shepherd’s purse, henbit, dandelion and goatsbeard.  These serve to feed the pollinators as the vegetation and flora take their sweet time.

The permanent beds are built from a tilled space.  I rake trenched the pathways, then covered them with landscape cloth, old rug scraps and thick straw.  The beds have been lined with materials scavenged from both our yard and the neighboring lots, mostly tree limb scraps.  This keeps the beds from being overly compacted, gives me a clean and weed free path, and allows establishment of perennials.  I’m hoping that the trenched paths will also provide deep irrigation for the beds, as we’re likely to be in drought conditions again.

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I’ll post the front garden next…

Dreamin’

Continued Seed Starts

Last week, I got a “get of out a meeting free” card.

The Friends of Library board that I’m on was not able to meet, so my evening time was suddenly free.

Oh, the possibilities!

So many things I could do.

So many options to choose from.

I now had choices.

Oh yes, I’m certain you’ll be surprised that I chose to start more seeds for the gardens.

Last Wednesday, I assembled the heirloom seed packets and reviewed what had failed from my previous starts, then set to work starting more seeds.  There was a contented smile on my face as I worked.

The beets were a 50% germination rate, so more of those were sown.  

I had lost one tomato start, so it was a perfect opportunity to plant three more.

The broccoli was also only 50% germination, so I planted a few more.  This particular broccoli is great to pull young new stalks for salads.

Two of my peppers failed to germinate, so I planted four more.

New on the list of starts is cauliflower, which already has one seedling.

Melons were also started inside this year.  I like these melons so well that I will grow two rounds, the second round straight into the soil.

I also started cucumbers in pots for the first time, and this morning each start was poking through the soil.

I was encouraged by the great response of the marigolds to their indoor start on the west porch, so I started more flower seeds.

Chamomile has made its tiny new seedling appearance.

Calendula will be a new flower in the garden this year, should it respond to the indoor start.

Yarrow was sown, along with daisy, coneflower and black eye susan.

I’ve yet to get spinach into soil.   I’m quickly running out of time, and we’re due for rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow.  It may be time to wrap up this post, do a quick shot of coffee, and get out to that water trough planter and sow spinach!

I’m out of here!

Dreamin’ Girl

Seedlings Galore!

strawberry

Broccoli

Radish

Tomato

Beets

Kale

Lettuce

Peppers

Marigolds

Those are the first to appear from the seed starts last week, a little success to be had here and there.

I’m still awaiting some signal from the basil container and the carrots and onions.  Otherwise, all seeds have taken hold.

We’ve had sunny days and moderate temperatures, so the success was certainly dependent on the conditions.

Outdoors, there are lettuce coming up from the ground; walking onions and garlic are growing en masse.

The water tank has strawberries heartily putting out new leaves, with tiny lettuce starts sprinkling the soil.

carrots

The over-wintered carrots are doing well.

walking onion

New walking onion bursting out from the old growth.

chamomile

Sweet, apple-like smell of chamomile.  It took hold and came back strong.
hyssop

Hyssop!  Looking good after a trim, with sage freshly trimmed in the background.

strawberry

Strawberry growth, fuzzy and new.

It’s almost springtime.  The soil is warming, the days are lengthening, and my step is lighter!

Dreamin’ Girl