Spring has finally arrived and with it the first tips of the daffodils are showing. Yesterday was our first day of really gorgeous weather, I was outside all day, until the sun disappeared with a good book in the field! Yes, the ground dried out enough I was able to get into the field without fear of getting stuck. I even had a bit of sunburn, faded by morning.
The warmth from the sun had been missed.
The garden beds are looking good, especially the two sections where I used a small amount of soil as the foundation for a compost bed. The soil there is rich and so beautiful. Nothing like the beds of some of my neighbors who only have soil and store bought compost. Theirs look dry and hard.
No flowers yet here but I can’t wait.
Now that I can safely get to the beds while I can’t begin to plant anything I can start another compost section with the food scraps I froze all winter waiting for this day. By the time the soil is warm enough to plant in these scraps will be decomposed and ready for planting.
I won’t see any tulips as the deer ate all of my bulbs.
- I made a huge mistake and purchased peat moss after reading several sources that suggested it in my first raised beds. Since then I’ve learned we are destroying a delicate ecosystem by using peat moss. This is another of those situations where I try to vote with my dollars so no more peat moss. To learn why this is not an eco-choice and what you can use as a soil amendment check out this post by Learning and Yearning.
- Jean experiments with straw bales as raised beds So simple and a good use of a renewable resource as a growing medium.
- With climate change we have no idea what our weather will be like from one year to the next so it’s important to take all precautions to conserve water. Anne gives us 20 reasons why we should mulch our garden beds.
- Children used to work along side the adults in the daily chores, this included the gardens. Our children need to experience in seeing how their food is grown and will be more willing to try new foods if they have a hand in growing them. Eartheasy has a wonderfully complete garden list on how to garden with children and even includes how-to plans to make a child’s wheelbarrow. If you don’t have children but want to learn how to grow your own food this detailed list would be the place to start.
- Last summer I finally had a carrot crop that grew! I was so excited I started a second crop, total failure they never even sprouted. This year I am going to pre-sprout some varieties of seeds and see if this helps. I thought you might enjoy this article I found on pre-sprouting as well.
Spotted the first crocus flowering on a walk.
diy your garden
- Looking for inspirational ideas for the best garden yet? These ten diy garden hacks will get you started.
- Don’t spend a ton of money on bird feeders, make your own. Last year I made a simple bird feeder from orange peels with the grandchildren. They loved seeing the birds sitting on their half of the orange rind to eat seed from. But there are many other fruit peels you can use such as grapefruit used in this tutorial. What’s better than zero cost or when finished you can compost the feeder and hang a new one?
Bees are back and have been pretty aggressive, normal for spring.
There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler
Have a wonderful weekend