Friday, April 9, 2021

Garden Friday

Welcome back to Garden Friday!
The weather has been fairly gorgeous of late,
and it gave me time to get some serious work done.
This lovely creature brought all of her friends to visit!
 One of the first tasks completed
was to get these drought-tolerant plants
installed into the pollinator bed near the veggie garden.
When the first hint of spring hit our area,
I found myself bringing home a boxful of beauties.
Unfortunately, it wasn't warm enough to plant them,
so they sat in the garage for a week or so.
I did lose some of them,
but the rest were planted in their permanent home.

A few things came back in this bed from last season,
including coneflowers, rudbeckia, and shasta daisies.
Ample space was left between plants,
as they will fill in as the season progresses.
Our mile-high sunflowers will also be planted in this bed.
  It was finally time to get the veggie beds started.
Although our last frost date isn't officially until the 15th of this month,
there is nothing in the forecast to fear.
Using the garden plans I created for each bed,
I couldn't get out there fast enough.

My seeds, gloves, plans and amendments
were all placed in a box to make it easier to carry.
I added crushed egg shells and coffee grounds to the entire bed.
When installing transplants, a little of each amendment is placed in the hole.
Green Oakleaf Lettuce
 Before the planting began,
the beds had to be cleared of any remaining crops.
This included beets, broccoli, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach.
No more snacking in the garden for a while.
I've been enjoying the broccoli leaves, kale and lettuce
since September, when it was sown.
Although this broccoli has bolted, it still tastes sweet.

The chooks were happy to clean up the leftovers.

Potatoes and sugar snap peas were planted a couple of weeks ago.
The two beds that were sown yesterday
contain beets, broccoli, carrots, green beans, kale, lettuce, 
parsley, squash, and thyme.
The remaining beds will be planted in the next few days.
The irrigation will be hooked up by next week.
With ample rain ahead this weekend, it isn't needed just yet.
 Several "tidying" type of projects were tackled
on my days off.
I finally transplanted a clematis from behind the house,
to this sunny spot next to my homemade shed.
There was also some placed next to the chooks' arched cover
and I'm hoping the vines completely blanket the frames.
I'd rather look at lovely flowers instead of the tarps
and I'm sure my neighbors would agree.
Three Rose of Sharon bushes were moved from a darker location
to a sunnier spot and I think they will be much happier.

At work yesterday, I was gifted with this splendid sedum.
I'm planning on adding it to a pot on the front porch.
These plants are so care-free and easily multiply.
I am so blessed that my employer shares her bounty with me.

These next three photos were taken at work yesterday.
The blooms are magnificent and so amazing to study.
Each one is a work of art.

God has some imagination, don't you think?

My wish for you today is that spring's magic 
is upon you and that you take the time
to enjoy it in all its splendor.



  1. Lots of great progress happening in your garden. I've got a horrible case of eczema on my hands, which has been slowing me down greatly, but I have finally found something that seems to be helping, so I hope to soon be back at it. I think I have that same sedum, which someone gifted to me. It does fill in areas nicely. Have a great weekend!

    1. Sorry to hear about the eczema, I've been dealing with it for years. The best thing I've used is chickweed salve mixed with Vitamin E capsules. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Yes, we've been working hard.

      Hope you enjoy a beautiful weekend!


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