Crazy Western New York weather – garden update

Since the last time that I posted, which was Easter Sunday, the weather here has been all over the place.


The day before Easter gave us some lovely spring weather.  I cleaned up some leaves from in and around the iris sprouts.  Years ago, I had a borer problem that cost me a year without blooms, some sad looking plants and a whole lot of work.  Ever since then I am vigilant about allowing leaf “nests” for the pesky moths to lay their eggs in.  I clean around them well in the fall, but leaves always seem to blow in when I am not looking.


I also checked on some columbine seeds that I had started last summer.  When they didn’t bloom, it occurred to me that maybe they needed to go through the winter freeze thaw cycle.  I didn’t bother googling it or anything because I also saved a ton of seeds and knew I could replant them.  See the little guy underneath the popsicle stick.


I compared them to their parents for plant identification and to verify it was not too early for them to be coming up.  Success!  By the way, I found out these are also called Granny’s Bonnet.


Easter day was gorgeous!  It was a high of 70 degrees and felt more like summer.  I got some more yard work done, brought out my patio chair and one of my deck rail planting boxes.  I almost planted lettuce.  Mr. Midwood talked me down from that ledge.


It cool off a bit more, as expected.  Mr. Midwood bought a ton of mulch and potting soil (so I could plant that lettuce sooner than later).  That was April Fool’s Day.


Then this happened. Snow.  In April.


Thankfully, snow does not stick around in April.  One morning I woke up to this.


The sun came out. and by afternoon, we had this.


It has been a bit unseasonably chilly with a sprinkle of more fast melting snow since then.  this weekend is looking good though.  Fingers crossed.







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.


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.


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