Right now . . . lots of weeds.
We hoped to have it tilled this week, but then it started to rain, and rain, and rain. The big lesson of gardening -- I am not in control! Not in control of the bugs, the rodents, the weather.
Less philosophically, I have learned a bit more about gardening as each year goes by. Some years we have harvested quite a few weeds and little else after hours of labor. Still such a novice, but at least not the completely ignorant novice I started out as.
This year, I tried sprouting seeds again, and am relatively pleased with the results. Also, my husband came up with this brilliant idea for getting our plants acclimated to the outdoors in preparation for garden planting time.
Rather than hauling in pot after pot (my plan), we store them in our wagon and I roll them out in the morning (his much better plan), and in at bedtime. Very easy! They have their chance to get used to the wind and the chillier than indoor temps and the rain has watered them as necessary, too. My starter cubicles are getting a little crowded, so I need to move a few more into bigger containers.
I have saved every yogurt, butter, and juice container I could find. I even use our fresh strawberry containers to give seedlings more room to stretch their roots.
Now I need to:
- Sketch out a garden layout
- Jot down a schedule since this is a group effort with a couple others
- Weed around the strawberries that have come back from last year (yeah! -- they were transplants from my mom, so this will be our first year to enjoy them from home)
- put the fence back up after tilling
- scatter marigold seeds around the edge
- plant the seeds and seedlings sometime next week (We will be past our magic frost date by then)
We finally have a big enough patch that we have some
left over to freeze after eating our fill.
These new transplants survived the winter well
and I can't wait for garden fresh strawberries in another month or so.
I haven't had time to do it yet, but I hope to type up all my mom's garden tips this coming week. I have learned so much from her 60 plus years of gardening experience!
Now a bit of light reading to find what else I should have been doing all along:
Enjoy some other gardening glories, and here, too.