Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Still Early in the Season

~ forget-me-nots in early April ~
It's hard to believe the month of April is already half done - there's so much to do, so much that has happened & I feel like I'm already falling behind!

But it's still early in the season...

I am headed out today to work on 'Operation Deer Fence Installation' with the hubby - we finally have 2 days off together & it's not pouring rain. I hope we are able to accomplish many things today & make notable progress as I have so many plants in pots that I need to put in the ground!

But spring is such a wonderful time of year, so I will make sure to take my camera out with me & catch up on photos. I want to show you my mason bees & my new berry plants & my horseradish & and-and-and.... I have a list a mile long.

Some lessons are hard learned - I need to re-learn them many times each season. As in my kale plants. I have reseeded them twice & the bugs have eaten them both times. I will now seed them in pots in the greenhouse & transplant them when they are larger - will have to create a collar system for them too - probably something sturdier than the toilet paper rolls I'm currently experimenting with on my peas (reseeded 3 times this year due to bugs). See - it's still early in the season & maybe I'm just too eager....

Friday, April 5, 2013

Planting Pots with....Rocks?

~ pot of rocks ~
Another project tackled was finding a solution for a couple of areas where water was smashing the soil, making it near impossible to grow plants.

There are a couple of 'drip spots' that come from the roof - about 35 feet above the ground & during the rainy months of winter, all the soil I put down in the summer is smashed & splashed & pounded away.

So, I thought 'why not plant a pot of rocks under the drip to divert the drips?'

The above photo shows more plant loss than the photo on the left, so I will have to find a few plants to insert soon to help disguise my pot of rocks. I might also remove a few rocks, so it's not so obvious.

The other 2 pots (this one on the left is one of them) are in the front flower bed which has other challenges of a different sort, but I'm hoping that this will help alleviate soil erosion & encourage plants to stay where they are planted, instead of migrating away from the massive drip zone.

Never thought I'd plant rocks, but since I have such an issue with remembering to water my pots, this should be a successful venture!

Monday, April 1, 2013

First Harvest of the Season!

~ April 1st ~
No, this is no April Fool's joke.... I actually harvested my first rhubarb today!

One of my favorite websites for recipes Saveur.com has a wonderful selection of what to do with rhubarb & I hope to try at least one of them today (braised rhubarb with halibut?)