It has been an exceptionally busy start to the month. I'm being pulled in half a dozen different directions with everything that needs to be done NOW in the garden, not the least of which is creating the new beds on the hill:
|Partially completed beds moved to the hill|
Normally, I build the entire bed in the garage (since it's much easier to do on a level surface) and then my husband and I move it to the garden. I find the weight of wood to be deceiving - it often weighs much more than I think it will. A complete bed is heavy enough when you are moving it on flat ground - I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of lugging it up a hill. So I decided to assemble only the lower half in the garage including the supports, and them simply screw in the top section after we moved it in place. What you see in the photo is not the final position of the beds - that was simply where we placed them as we moved them.
Now on to what is happening in the rest of the garden.
First up are the alliums. The garlic is up and growing very well. It's always comforting to see all that green popping up, letting us know that everything is fine.
|Garlic with Shallots at the far left|
Last fall, I decided to see if the Camelot shallots that I grew from seed would overwinter & multiply in the same manner as regular shallots. So far, we are looking VERY good on that front:
|Overwintered Camelot Shallots|
As a side note - see those little cucumber type seedlings in the photo above? Well those are self-seeded borage. I believe there was a question last year about whether or not the seeds would overwinter in our climate...now we have our answer.
The He-Shi-Ko perennial bunching onions that I grew last year are failing to impress me.
|He-Shi-Ko Perennial Bunching Onions|
About half of the potato onions that I planted in the fall have come up so far, but even that is a success in my book as almost all of them had leek moth* damage. I half expected them to simply rot in the soil. Once again, I have no idea what to expect from these so we shall have to wait and see what they produce.
The onions, shallots (from seed) & leek seedlings were transplanted on April 18th. I really must try to remember how labour intensive planting out onion seedlings is. Next year, I'll be breaking this task up over a couple of days instead of trying to get it done in one go.
|Onion Bed Today|
|Onion Seedlings Before Transplanting|
|The only Jolant leek left & the healthiest of the bunch|
Yup - pretty sad
I have been pre-germinating and sowing spinach seeds to replace those that were lost during the windy weather. With our great weather last week, those seedlings that did survive are starting to put on A BIT of growth...emphasis here is on "a bit".
|Renegade Spinach - 7 weeks|
Many of the direct seeded spinach seeds are just starting to poke out of the soil & I'll be interested to see how well they do compared to the transplanted seedlings...I wonder if they will catch up, seeing as how the transplants are still so small.
And speaking of the brutal winds, they really did a number on my collard seedlings. I planted out 4 plants and three of them looked so bad that I was certain they weren't going to make it, so I started new plants. Now it looks as if they may, in fact, pull through, but I think I'll hold onto my transplants for the time being, just in case.
|Collards on April 25th|
|Looking much better on May 6th|
The kale also suffered but nowhere near as much - I was fairly certain that it would be ok.
|Kale on April 25th|
|Kale on May 6th|
My strawberry plants are just staring to flower...to be a bit more accurate, one of my plants has a couple of flowers on it:
|Two lone flowers on the strawberries so far|
Sometimes not being on top of things works in your favour. I had really given up hope on the sage but only this morning, I saw some signs of life amongst the dead foliage:
|Purple Sage - Signs of Life|
I obviously have to re-think my mint growing strategy - perhaps I should grow them in a larger container or bury the pot in the ground. I'm still undecided.
My cherry tree is starting to flower.
Likewise, the plum tree flowered "a tiny bit" last year, according to my notes.
This year, it's actually surprising me. Contrary to my original thought a couple of weeks ago, it looks as if there will be plenty of flowers on it, at least from some of the varieties. Hopefully this will translate into some plums. I won't be greedy - if I can get a nice little basket of plums, I'll be more than happy.
|First of The Plum Blossoms|
And lastly, I thought I would add some pics of what's blooming in my garden right now. Most of the bulbs/perennials in my garden were planted long before we moved here. I don't really know much about flowers (yet), so I have no idea what specific variety they are - it definitely doesn't keep me from enjoying them though!
Till next time...
*I originally thought that the alliums were being attacked by onion maggots but have subsequently realized that, in fact, I was dealing with leek moths so have adjusted this post accordingly.