So of all the things I’m learning in the garden this year (my first real attempt at a big garden) timing is the most important.
I grew zucchinis, tomatoes, and cucumbers inside and they took no time at all before they had outgrown their shelf. I was struggling to keep them under control and they were starving for sunlight and soil. That was dumb. They can be planted early May.
On the other hand I planted flowers in May and now have a shelf of 36 marigolds and a shelf of 36 pansies that I’m waiting on. I needed to plant those end March so they would be hearty by May 24.
End of March – Mint, Strawberries, Marigolds, Nolana’s (maybe), and Pansies.
Mid-April for Zinnia’s They grew fast but still went out too early.
Early May – Zucchini’s, Tomatoes, Cucumbers.
That should get me more on track for next year.
Here is what they looked like a weeks ago… my dad says they’re rooting.
ALRIGHT! They’ve made good progress. Jeez, I’m impatient.
Still not sure where the pumpkins and all of the tomato plants are going to go…
Hey dad. I’ve got a huge favour to ask. I know youre busy so how much you can do is up to you.
The chipmunks are back and it won’t be long before they start destroying all my hard work.
Here’s the top of my garden.
I want sides on it like this (without the hinges) I didn’t leave a lot of edge to work with… :
and a top on it like this (without the fold-out-brace-posts)
I don’t know where to start. I’m willing to put in work but I don’t know what to do.
If you could give me some kind of step-by-step that would help. I just don’t want to get so far in and have to tear it all apart.
I’m also fine with you doing it for me but I know you are busy AF right now with the chickens, gardens, etc.
He responded like two minutes later saying “Let me give it some thought”
I’d love to make a day of it and learn from him. But he’s so busy with my mom and their property I dunno if he’ll be able to. He’ll probably just do it for me. We’ll see.
“So often the truth needs to be delivered with a spoonful of sugar.” – Trevor Noah
I transplanted my pansies! Easy three-step process seen below.
So that was one item checked off the ol’ to-do list. The next item is the umbrella tree. As I was plucking the heads off of dandelions this morning I leaned on the tree and it wobbled. It was easily pushed around so I pushed it around and over. It snapped off with minimal effort. It must have been really rotted.
TO DO LIST
☑ Keep on top of dandelions
☑ Water all the plants
Plants that need bird netting.
Plants that need trellis.
☐ beans and peas
☐ Blue Nolana
☐ Mimosa Pudica.
☐ Peas and beans
☐ Front garden plants
Here is the updated sunflower bed. The peas and beans are shot but I’m going to germinate some more soon and I’ll mix them in.
Sunflowers, a pea plant, and a bean plant.
I got home last night and got right to work! The first thing I did was pluck dandelions, got the lawnmower started for the first time after winter, and mowed the back yard. It looked gorgeous in the morning sun this am.
Before it got dark I planted my strawberries outside and secured the second trellis. I want to wrap them up the trellis as they grow all summer long.
Then I had to go to bed because it was dusk and the skeeters were getting me.
This morning I went full bore getting things into the dirt outside. All my broccoli and cauliflower ended up in the garden this morning!
I need to cover the exposed dirt with mulch quickly. I ran out of time. I even had to ask Ann Marie to do the initial watering when she got home because I ran out of time on that too.
Then I was off to the cucumber! These grow fast so I didn’t want them stunted like the zucchinis were inside outgrowing their containers and touching the light.
One problem. I had one planter free and 6 plants! So I put two in the planter and the other four had to go into buckets.
My germination shelf is feeling pretty empty now! Time to get some more going! 🙂
Another addition, Scotch Grass is on the left.
Soooooo yeah. I’ve been busy.
Went to the nursery for mother’s day. We bought the girls each an interesting plant and we bought Ann Marie a beautiful potted plant for our front porch. (Our front porch is a bit of a sanctuary for us both.) I also got a few hardy, rocky soil plants to try out and am getting more from my mother-in-law; hens and chickens and phlox. I will post photos when they’re all planted.
The shitty thing is it rained all weekend and we were out and about all of Saturday and Sunday for family/fun things. I didn’t get to do much yard work. I weeded dandelions for another 2 hours. I’m down to the short-strokes on it. There’s only a small pocket in the centre of our yard left. So the outdoor to-do list is growing as fast as the grass. I’m half considering just mowing the fuckers down and getting the next batch of flowers as they pop up… errr.
TO DO LIST
Finish plucking dandelions.
Mow the lawn, whipper-snip.
Add a bucket of lawn clippings to compost.
Broccoli needs to be transplanted outside.
(Add bird netting to planter box.)
Cucumbers need to be transplanted outside.
(Add trellis now or later.)
Strawberries can be transplanted outside.
(Add bird net to strawberries.)
Tomatoes need to be transplanted outside.
I think I can also out my last zucchinis, and blue nolana.
Once I clear out my inside planting containers I need to transplant my pansies and my Mimosa Pudica into better containers.
Just a shit-load to do. 😕
Ann Marie just texted me some beautiful pictures. I had to share.
My tulips have opened!
… and apple blossoms! 🙂