This is turning out to be a gorgeous spring. The basement is filled with seedlings which I can’t wait to plant. This spring Cliff came out and helped clean up the County Plot because the fall of 2018 was so rainy, I just couldn’t get to it…and of course, I adopted a puppy on Sept. 27. That might have something to do with it.
We had a ton of rain over the fall and winter, so the trees and flowers are (it seems to me) more beautiful than ever. Here are a few pictures of my basement seedlings, and some very early signs of life this spring.
SEEDLINGS IN BASEMENT:
GLORY OF THE SNOW
SOME EARLY SIGNS OF SPRING:
- hydrangea, honeysuckle, glory of the snow, forsythia and black snakeroot.
It seemed as though the sun would never come out this Spring. After Cliff and I got the garden cleaned up, it rained and rained. The good news: All the seeds, tubers, etc. germinated and grew. Here are a few pictures of the Vegetable Gardens.
FLEA BEETLES ATTACKED THE ASIAN EGGPLANT:COUNTY
FRANZ QUEEN TOMATO: COUNTY
FLOWER SECTION OF COUNTY: ZINNIA, GLADS, CANNA
RADISHES AND FENNEL: MORRIS PLAINS
PARSLEY: MORRIS PLAINS
ASPARAGUS: MORRIS PLAINS
Cliff had planted some grass and bought a bale of salt hay to put over the seeds. He kindly let me have the left over salt hay, which I’ve been using to keep down the weeds and keep the soil moist. This is an experiment, so we’ll see how it works. You can see the hay in the pictures of the County garden. So far this is what I have planted:
- 4 kinds of tomatoes
- Asian Eggplant
- Oak Leaf Lettuce
- Peas (not doing well!)
- Curly Kale
- Golden Beet
- Asparagus & currants (perennials)
OAK LEAF LETTUCE
Marigolds, snapdragons, gladiolas, cannas, zinnias, perennials: roses, iris, yarrow, lily, daisies
As always, I have been fertilizing with Fish Emulsion & Kelp and Espoma Garden Tone, but this year I discovered a fertilizer named “COOP POOP.” I got it at Agway, and it’s very inexpensive. A 40 lb. bag costs a little over $10. I am experimenting with it on all of my gardens, including my home flower beds. So far, it seems to be quite good. Time will tell. It occurred to me yesterday when I was putting Coop Poop and Fish Emulsion on my flowers and shrubs that I am feeding my plants fish and chicken! Pretty funny. So that’s it for today. Happy Gardening!