April in the garden

Last weekend Mr. Midwood busted out the tiller and prepped one end of the garden for our cool weather seed starts.  Mostly broccoli and a couple of rows of peas.  He just tilled enough to get the early crops planted.

tilling_for_broccoli_startsLast year peas didn’t work out so well, so fingers crossed.  The grew lush and beautiful, but no blooms or peas.  We are trying the broccoli in black plastic this year.  Here they are after a nice sprinkling from the girl.  She was feeling particularly helpful these past couple of weekends – gotta love a helpful kid.

Broccoli_starts_in_the_gardenOne of the cherry trees that we planted last year didn’t make it.  We actually caught it before the end of last season and got the refund then.  Mr. Midwood picked up a replacement and got into the ground right away.  So far it is looking happy and leafy.

2016_cherry_treeIt is a bit early for much work in the veggie garden. I am taking advantage of the cooler April weather to do some heavy lifting type of projects. I got lots of weeding done, the flower beds are all freshly mulched and some other fun projects that I will share later.

pepsistuff_2008I found this while I was weeding.  I thought by the looks of it that it was fresh from this year.  Unlikely, since the Pepsi stuff points offer expired in 2008.  That would make it easily at least 8 years old!

dandelion_jelly_timeWe have a sea of spring dandelions in our grass.  The kids love dandy jelly, so I am now on my second round making it, this time a double batch.  It is so lovely and pretty much tastes like sunshine.  I wanted to keep extra on hand for gifts.

 

 

Veggie garden update

Boy was Memorial Day weekend busy and productive!  I have a huge veggie garden update.

It took a bit of work over each of the three days, but we tilled and planted the veggie garden.

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Actually, it was a really slow process, but then our neighbor offered to run his tractor tiller through it, and it was done in half an hour.  Yay!  Thanks for good neighbors!

tilling-tractorWe got down the black plastic, cut holes and started planting seedlings of peppers, tomatoes, okra, basil, parsley, tomatillos and ground cherries.  I made sure to water them right away, they were thirsty.  The next day we finished the seedlings and added seeds for sow direct crops like cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, bunching onions and 7 rows of green beans.  Then I added some marigold and sunflower seeds around the edges to pretty things up.  I placed the sunflowers on the north side so that they don’t shade the garden and marigolds near the tomatoes for a companion planting and pest deterrent.  Then we watered everything in really well again.

vegetable garden planted

I got about two thirds of my flower beds mulched.  Here is a new gooseberry that I was able to transplant from that same helpful neighbors brush line.  It was ill fated otherwise and I was in the process of rooting some additional plants fro the three gooseberries that I already had.  These are larger than my rooted plants, so I will have better production a little sooner now.

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I transplanted all of this vinca to an enclosed bed in the front yard.  It hadn’t filled in the original space and was being choked out by mulch.  So I had to find a new home for it or buy more to fill in this area.  Transplanting the vinca to another bed was easier.

transplanting vincaIt will fill this small flower bed and won’t need to be mulched.  Ground cover and mulch don’t mix, people, they just don’t.

vinca transplants

It is all looking much better.  Well, it was, but then I had to disturb some of the mulch to transplant some spring bulbs.

not so freshly mulched

Check out these deck rail planters.  They are bursting with lettuce an greens.  I have been making a huge salad every night for dinner.  So yummy!

time for salad