We've had lots of rain this spring, as well as some beautiful days to get the garden ready, and as of today I've gotten about a third of it planted. Planting is happening this month between doctors' appointments and tests, as well as rainy days, so it's a bit slow going. Slowly, but surely it is coming along.
I'm growing far fewer veggies this year, and planning to dedicate at least half the garden space to flowers. In fact, I enlarged the garden space by about a foot on three sides, so it can accommodate more growing things. To be clear... I mean more flowers.
So far I've planted coneflower, gazania, several varieties of zinnia, poppies and sunflowers. Vegetables I've planted are cucumbers, radishes, some pole beans, and a couple types of sweet peppers. By this time next week I hope to have planted zucchini, yellow squash, maybe some miniature pumpkins and some more varieties of flowers I have yet to pick out.
I don't have a grand plan, but I am keeping enough track of what I'm planting in order to remember what is what 'till things are abloom. I'm planting for as long as I feel like it in the upcoming few weeks, and come summer and early fall I hope to be able to enjoy visiting the garden to explore and pick a variety of glorious blooms.
The asparagus bed is fast turning into a bed of ferns, and today I noticed the strawberries are starting to turn pink. It takes so little to excite me...
What are you up to this spring?
That is a grand sized garden. Should feed you well this yarn and possibly enough for those around you. And yo have flower to grace your table is a bonusReplyDelete
I'm not counting on preserving much food this year, Marsha, but I guess we'll see. I HAVE been thinking it would be fun to hand deliver flowers to some folks come summer and fall - just as a special "thinking of you" gesture. Wouldn't that make for smiles?!Delete
I am jealous. I would love to have that much space to grow things, although it is work. I somehow find it all therapeutic though to work in it. I am sure some would call me crazy. I am also it is the best exercise there is.ReplyDelete
When I feel up to it, it is therapeutic to work outside. Even to wear myself out somewhat. And it is definitely exercise.Delete
Congrats on all that planting! I am not so much as planting a tomato, but I am always pleased when I hear that others are planting flowers and veggies. Well done!ReplyDelete
Honestly, Vee... this spring has had some serious hurdles that make me want to just take a pass on planting a garden, but in a month or so when I'm healing from another surgery I will be so glad to have planted some things so I have a reason to go outside, get in the sunshine and MOVE.Delete
You have a nice well planned garden there. More flowers, more bouquets.ReplyDelete
Your soil looks just fantastic!
Thanks, May. It was very satisfying to turn that hard packed dirt over and find nice soft soil underneath. And now it's so easy to go out anytime I want, pick a spot, hoe up the dirt ever so lightly and plant some seeds.Delete
I feel an excitement in your planting plans, Becki. I love your plan for more flowers. Who can have too many flowers, eh?ReplyDelete
It's lovely here this morning, coolish and sunny and not a sniff of wildfire smoke in the air where we are. Relishing the more spring-like morning. Wishing you a beautiful day!
I'm so glad the wildflowers are not near you, Brenda. I hope it stays that way!Delete
Love this! Blessings on your gardenReplyDelete
Thank you, Elizabeth.Delete
Gary gave me a potted miniature yellow rose bush for our anniversary, which fell on Mother's Day this year. We planted it outside yesterday. Hope it is happy with the location and care we are giving to it. I have enjoyed growing my own green onions in the past. They are so handy top have on hand!ReplyDelete
That's a nice gift, Barbara. Yellow roses sound so pretty.Delete
Those are all wonderful things to get excited about. I always loved the promise of the garden in the spring but when I got inundated with produce in the fall I sometimes wondered at the wisdom of planting so many vegetables. Resident Chef was in charge of the flower beds and my Dad (who lived with us the last 12 years of his life) was the veggie person. I, being a spring-allergy sufferer, ended up being the chief cook and pickler.ReplyDelete
Mary Anne, I totally get how come fall the produce can seem a bit overwhelming. Last year I was up for it and found it fun, but this year I'm simply not going to test it. I've never thought I'm much of an allergy sufferer, but I am sneezing more this spring than I remember in the past. Every time I gather tools in the wagon to go out to the garden, I pack a box of tissues.Delete
I am more of a flower gardener myself. It sounds like beginning of a beautiful garden. How exciting!ReplyDelete
Hi, Soma. Most of the garden this year is planted with flower seeds. :)Delete
I'm late commenting! I hope all is well with you. I can't wait to see your glorious flower and veggie garden. I have flowers mixed in as well-I wouldn't garden any other way.ReplyDelete
Hi Debra. I'm good, but have been in the thick of tests and diagnoses for much of May. I'm just trying to decide when and how and what to write about it. And then finding the time to write about it is a trick. Life will seriously slow down come mid-June.Delete
I'm growing about half as many vegetables as I did last year. I planted too much kale and collard greens. I prefer chard and lettuce, so that's what I've planted so far, plus tomatoes, of course. Your earth looks perfect, after tilling! We have a plethora of weeds.ReplyDelete
A few weeks after tilling, the weeds have been bad in my garden, too. Fortunately, they scratch right up with a hoe - it's just that even that is exhausting in the terrible heat we've had this week. Back down to the 80's next week. It's going to feel almost balmy!Delete