Monday, May 3, 2010

Garden Update

Two inches of snow on the ground last Thursday morning, but the yard is about to burst into bloom. The lilac buds swell every day. The apple trees shrugged off the white stuff and promise a good crop this year. Above, the crab apple is ready to go.

The asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb are in. Or half the strawberries are. I need more. The ones I planted, just roots really, haven't done anything. I'm really wondering whether they will ever poke their little noses through the soil.

Seeds planted: carrots, beets, chard, arugula, cilantro, and spinach. Also in are 150 onion sets, a dozen shallots, and three three kinds of potatoes (all seed potatoes from the nursery -- I discovered a bit of scab on the ones I'd saved, and don't want to perpetuate it).

Seedlings in: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and three kinds of lettuce. The spinach I planted last fall is ready for harvest, and a few onions I missed have come back with fervor.

Still, everything looks pretty barren.

I've dug the trellises, newly placed, into the kitchen garden. The half walls used to hold potatoes last year have been converted to round planters -- K calls them the wishing wells. Since I'm moving all the herbs from their former space by the back porch to the vegetable garden, they'll go in these planters. Thyme, tarragon, chives, rosemary and two kinds of parsley wait on the windowsill. Oregano, sage, borage, and more thyme and chives have come back up and will be transferred within the next two weeks. There's still plenty of mint out front, but I'll need to buy basil and chervil.

The peas, sweet peas, and leeks still have to go in. It's late and I should have planted them sooner. The water wells are filled and warming in the sun, ready for the tomatoes and peppers to go in. The weeds are already making me crazy. And I'm going to have to find something to do about all those California poppies that reseeded last year.

The daffodils are dying off, and tulips paint most yards -- either with dabs of color or huge, indulgent swathes.

Good gardening to all!


  1. Isn't it amazing how the weeds can grow when nothing else can? If the vegetables grew at the rate of the weeds, we'd all have gardens in no time.

    Hard to think of snow when we're having 80 degree weather (with thunderstorms of course). Happy gardening.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. When I lived in the Northwest I'd make "yard salad" each spring, with chickweed and baby dandelion greens. Made me feel a little better about all the weeds. ; - ) 80 degrees sounds good to me right now.

  3. Nice photos, Cricket. I took my camera on my walk the other day and tried to get some blossom photos from various trees. I haven't loaded them yet, but I'm afraid there was too much breeze and they'll all be blurry.

    I tagged you in my blog post today, so drop by at your convenience and see what you need to do if you want to play.

  4. Lol -- at least half the photos I take are out of focus -- thank heavens for digital cameras!

    Saw the tag on your blog -- thanks! Since recipe Friday is coming up I'll be answering your questions on Monday. Had a great time reading your answers. (I'm a Taurus, too)