Well dear garden friends, we had the first nice weekend in awhile here and as a result I sit here typing this with sore leg muscles, and aching back and weak fingers – it’s amazing how pulling weeds can affect your fingers!
And here is what I have to show for it outside:
I showed you this area a month ago thinking I would get to it soon…humm…let’s just focus on the fact that they are cleaned up and ready to go for the new season, why don’t we?
I finally planted the bed of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. I left one chard plant so I can harvest for a few weeks longer, then it will be pulled.
And yes, those are weeds in the gravel. Grrr, we bought the wrong gravel (you want the kind with NO FINES) so there’s a nice little layer of sandy soil the weeds love. We learned our lesson, and our later paths have the right gravel- and no weeds to speak of.
Learn from our mistakes: say it with me, “No fines, no fines, no fines.” That means clean gravel, by the way- no little pieces and/or dirt in it at all.
After my first attempt at growing celery last year, I am growing more this year, along with some “Bright Lights” chard.
There was way too much chard, so I planted it close together and am planning on harvesting the “baby chard” to make room for 8-10 full grown plants that should provide all our chard needs for the season.
I was seriously discouraged by the amount of “poppers” (aka, Bittercress) after years of pulling.
This bed was FULL of them, so I’m killing them with black plastic as I didn’t have time to pull them. You can see they’re still under the fence line- I’m leaving that up to Brian to take care of.
Probably why we still have so many, huh?
I actually got two of the strawberry beds cleaned and composted.
But the biggest one is still in need of some attention.
Oh, what have we here? Gee, it looks like the new shelves and hanging light Brian made in our mud room so I could start our seeds in here instead of the kitchen.
What? You don’t seed any seeds being started? Sigh. My reality is this:
First time in more than 10 years that I do not have any seeds started. No tomatoes or peppers, no broccoli or cabbage. Nothin.’ I don’t know what happened, really. I waited for the new area to be finished (why I couldn’t use the old area, I can’t tell you), then we had our vacation, and life is really busy right now.
I tried to tell myself it’s OK, no biggie…I’ll just buy starts.
Ugh. Talk about sticker shock! I thought a six-pack would only be $1.99 – but they were all $2.99, which added up real fast last weekend- along with the potatoes and onion sets I normally buy (and need to plant, as you can tell by the bags in the picture).
And I haven’t even bought the tomatoes and peppers yet. Ouch.
Did you get anything planted last weekend?