There's not a lot going on in the blogging world that I inhabit. Probably because many of the bloggers are gardeners, and our fingers are all too dirty to be using the keyboard. I'm doing my best to wear my lovely pink gloves to keep my fingernails clean and my excema under control, but it doesn't always work. As I do my morning walk through it all with my coffee, I almost always reach down and pull a few weeds.
However, I have almost everything in. There are just a few seedlings still in trays waiting for me to find spots for them. I'm bound to lose a brocolli to cutworms or find a hole that needs filling.
Because I mulch so heavily with my neighbours' leaves in the fall, the front garden doesn't look great in early spring. The neighbours cut their lovely green grass weeks before the ice melts in the corners of my garden. Beth thinks it looks like a landscape project, but tells her friends that it will look amazing by mid-June. She's right. The ugly leaves are only ugly for a short while though, and then the greens poke up through them and it all looks good.
It looks great right now, even though most of the seeds haven't germinated yet and many of the seedlings are still tiny.
Usually I mulch with about 16 bags of leaves and then rake a few bags off in the spring. This year I only raked off one bag and decided to leave the rest there. I do like the look of bare soil between the greens, but that really isn't something that happens in nature and my mulch should help keep the weeds down and improve the soil.
Over the summer it will work its way into the soil. Every year my soil feels better and better. I don't know if it produces more, but the weeds are easier to pull out of the less-compacted soil. Garlic likes the mulch, so I'm definitely not disturbing the garlic I planted in the fall until I dig a few up. I'm in no rush because I still have about 10 bulbs in storage from last year.
Although you can probably tell that it's the front beds that I love, the back yard is actually pretty productive.
Other than the rhubarb (already going to flower), delphiniums and small Evans cherry tree in the corner, this is all seeded so there's not much to see here yet. But there will be!
The straw bales I planted into last year worked really well, so this year I'm growing some climbing things to go up wires around the old swing set. I still want to paint the swing set this week and string the wires before the beans and cucumbers need to climb, but the idea is to create a sort of green tent. This picture looks distorted somehow, but there is about 3 feet between the bales in the centre. Alice envisions reading in her green tent later in the summer.
|Grapes, although we've never gotten even one bunch off it yet|
And the next day it's two inches tall.
The whole garden is a miracle. On Beth's birthday in April, we still had snow. On Mother's Day there were not leaves on the trees or on the bare hedge. Now it looks as if those leaves have always been there and the world was always green.
Now that the garden is in, I think I'll try to fit a few sewing projects in. Maybe I'll have something to report. Maybe not. How are your gardens doing? Or are there other spring activities that I'm missing out on?