In honor of the San Isidro Labrador holiday, May 15th, another garden update. (He´s the patron saint of farmers and land laborers) a few pics of the garden progress.
I´ve started on the sunny end, dividing beds between flowers and veg. So far, tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, corn and peas have gone in, still trying to decide where to put the courgettes/zucchinni. Believe it or not, this year I´ve got more tomato plants than room for on the two sections of fencing, so I´ll have to find space for another. Still to germinate are the pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers and melons. Carrots have sprouted. I figure I have about 3 more beds on this end to put in.
After losing almost all the flower seedlings earlier, I´m struggling to get germination. I finally direct seeded and now will have to spend a lot of time hoeing grass out of the beds. Dahlias went in. The sweet peas haven´t exactly leapt out of the ground, but they haven´t died either. Roses and ranunculus are budding up and the iris is spectacular this year.
The first bouquet of 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
I´m happy to report that I have had more success with tomatoes this year - look, proper little plants! I took Nicky´s advice and bought a heat mat to help out and it seems to be helping.
I´ve had some trouble with germination from both flower seeds and herbs. You´d think herbs would germinate pretty easily, but apparently not.
I bought some onion starts, lettuces and potatoes from the farmer´s market. This week I´ll get some peas for the trellis, since the pea seeds I have didn´t impress me last year. The lettuces are marking a row of parsnip seeds and there are some bush beans at the end of the row. As it turns out, there´s a waiting list to get a vendor´s spot and a whole lot of paperwork required so that plan is on hold for the time being. After the atrocious spring weather, I´ll take this year to see how the flowers and herbs do and get some experience succession sowing and conditioning.
The new roses are putting on foliage, but some of them seem to have canker, which will have to be pruned off. It´s only affecting 2 or 3, but it hurts me to prune more off when they´re so small. The more established roses are thriving, especially with this sun and high temperatures, as are the irises.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
A potpourri of recent activities. The rhubarb continues to bloom. This is for all of you who prefer your rhubarb in nice red stalks, just so you know what a blooming plant looks like.
Also, they came and finished the installation of the stove hood. There was a lot of grinding and a strong smell of ozone in the kitchen when they finished, but it does the job. I might not have used white silicone caulk, but it´s done. Now I really want a steel plate to cover the hole in the wall where the stovepipe goes to the chimney.
And since there was a sudden break in the weather, and we´re now getting 24C/80F and sunshine, the mud has turned to cement. The pasture grass came back while the rain was falling, so I´ve gotten some black plastic and weed fabric spread to try some occultation weed control until I can get to making the remaining many, many raised beds.
In the meantime, I got a start on planting the roses that were languishing in their pots. Th fence posts are in, but I haven´t found a local source for plastic rolled fencing to keep Breo out of the garden and provide a little wind break.
Speaking of Breo, it is such a joy to see him galloping around like his old self. We´re still pondering finding him a little sister to play with, since he thinks I go outside just to throw him the ball all morning.
And lastly, as I was giving him some well-deserved tummy scratches, he swiped me with a paw and managed to scratch my eye. I guess my reflexes aren´t what they used to be. So I´ve spent the last few days recovering in piratical fashion with eye patches, and applications of antibiotic ointments and eye drops. The good news is I got a tetanus booster in the process so I can fling manure and compost around with even more abandon.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
It´s not quite done, though functioning. They´re supposed to be back to put up the rest of the stainless steel covering for the tubing after the holiday weekend. We´ll see.
Hope everyone has a Happy Easter! Stay dry.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
And the tractor guy came and re-tilled the veg/flower patch! It looks fabulous. And we rediscovered the well, which is currently under water. I guess it re-charged.
Now, we´re supposed to get snow and then 2 weeks of rain, again. Spring, how you vex me.