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Monday, April 15, 2013

Garden Notes: 15 April 2013

This is more for me than for you: it occurred to me that a great place to note what got planted today is my...wait for!

Planted Mayfair shelling peas (Fedco Seed) and Cherry Belle radishes (saved seed) in Bed C.

* I'm saying prayers for the victims of today's bombings in Boston....just don't feel like I can post about anything without acknowledging the loss and mayhem....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Story of My Spring

I've said it before, and I'll say it again and again: I am a lousy housekeeper.  So getting the house ready for entertaining guests has always been and probably always will be a Big Deal that takes a very long time to accomplish.

Which is why I haven't posted in awhile; I've been busy.  But so has Spring.

This is one of the only two out of eleven apple trees that is blooming.

In addition to the lovely, pale spears that we are getting out of the asparagus bed, there are numerous new plants in there (so much for buying what were supposed to be guaranteed male plants), so once the spears are done and the plants have been left to grow for the season, I'll dig up the babies and bury them deeper.  I'd do it now, but I don't want to dig up a sprouting asparagus crown by accident!

Over-wintered root vegetables that are now finally growing at a proper rate and are too woody or small to bother with.  They are also going to seed in a big way.  These are beets, carrots and onions.  I really struggled with that bed last year.

My experimental wheat is up.  This is a huge mystery, because for most of the seed I used hard red spring wheat bought in bulk at Bob's Red Mill store.  I think it set me back like, $1.65.  I took this picture Friday night after work.  Saturday morning it was riddled with mole hills.  So we'll see whether or not I get wheat.  There are also potatoes growing in this bed.  Not that I planted them; they are leftovers from last year.  I've been told once you plant potatoes, you'll always have potatoes.

This is my special Italian plum.  What makes it special is this is the first time since planting it four years ago that it has bloomed.  The littler Italian plum next to it still does not have flowers, so I am not really expecting fruit this year.  But I am still happy to see blossoms!

This is one of the tulip beds out front.  I think it needs some heavy dosing with bright red, orange, and purple tulips and have already warned Steve that next fall I am ordering said tulip bulbs.

And now, because it's sunny, instead of the predicted rain and gloom that was forecast, I'm going to go get some more weeding done instead of doing the shopping and gassing up the car like I'd planned.

Stupid weather.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ready Store

Hi all-

A friend at work turned me on to this homesteading/preparedness e-store that just happens to have a very useful, information-packed blog.

Check it out.