WE HAVE A NEW FAMILY IN OUR GARDEN

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 15-01-2012

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As our garden grows, so does the demand for strong backs and enthusiastic gardeners.  We have found both in Matt and Dragana Zappia, our newest members.  They bring their youth and their 3 year old daughter, Lucciana (Lucci) with them.  Both Lucci and my granddaughter, Katie, enjoy nibbling on everything green in the garden, especially the ends of the pea vines.

We have survived our second cold front of the winter (this time it went to 30 degrees).  The peas made it and I found a few peas starting to form under the blooms yesterday.  It is a slow process in this temperature and without the added assistance of pollinators but things are still on track for a great crop once the weather warms.  I am always encourage in the early Spring when I see the Red Maple blooms open in the forest as happened last week.

Red Maple bloom

Red Maple bloom

This photo is actually of the new seeds that form after the bloom and was taken Spring of 2011.

 

GARDEN UPDATE:

THINGS TO DO:
DOUBLE DIG THE LONG BED NEXT TO THE BLUEBERRIES. YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE THE TUBERS (YARROW) AND GO AROUND THE SINGLE ASPARAGUS PLANT THAT IS IN THE MIDDLE. WE CAN REPLANT THE YARROW TO THE SIDE OF THE GARDEN.

Long Bed

WEED THE LONG BED OUTSIDE THE FENCE WHERE THE DAYLILIES ARE PLANTED AND WHERE WE PLAN TO PLANT OUR TOMATOES IN THE SPRING. PLEASE DON’T PULL THE DAYLILIES – JUST THE WILD GERANIUMS THAT ARE GROWING ACROSS THE TOP OF THE SOIL. ONCE WEEDED, WE NEED TO PLACE A TWO INCH LAYER OF MULCH AROUND THE DAYLILIES BUT LEAVE THE PRE-DUG HOLES (FOR THE TOMATOES) UN-MULCHED.

2012 Tomato Bed

I HAVE PLACED ONE 4 X 10 RAISED BED ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BLACKBERRIES. I WILL PLACE ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW. THESE ARE FOR THE STRAWBERRIES WHICH I NEED TO PLANT IN A COUPLE WEEKS. WE NEED TO MOVE COMPOST FROM BOTH THE EAST PILE AND THE RAW PILE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE GARDEN. WE CAN THEN MIX THE TWO.
YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THE FIG HEDGES ARE COMPLETE EXCEPT FOR MY MULCHING EACH PLANT. I MAY TRY TO DO THAT TODAY. THAT LEAVES THE TWO ROWS OF GRAPE VINES TO COMPLETE AND MULCH BEFORE SPRING.

Fig Hedges

Brown Turkey Fig rooting

WE NEED TO INSTALL THE WATER SYSTEM ON THE NEW BEDS. I HAVE MOST OF WHAT WE NEED –JUST NEED TO PULL IT OUT FROM UNDER THE SHED.
STILL PLANNING TO DIG DOWN A POWER CABLE TO GET ELECTRICITY INTO THE GARDEN. I’VE MARKED THE ROUTE AND WILL EXPLAIN IT TO ANYONE READY TO USE THE POST HOLE DIGGER.
THAT IS IT FOR NOW BUT, REST ASSURED, THERE WILL BE MORE LATER.
DON’T FORGET TO PICK GREENS AND THE NEW FLORETS ON THE BROCCOLI ARE READY TO PICK AGAIN. MAY BE A COUPLE DOZEN EGGS IN THE REFRIGERATOR.
Blackberry Winter
Today is warm.  Let’s meet in the garden.
Gordon

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