Apr 27, 2012
End of April Garden, lots of pics!
Windy as heck here, but I'm back in the garden at least! Perfect temps for working, about 64º. I spent the day pretty much fixing what the wind has toppled, checking on the tomatoes and "planning" for tomorrow's planting.
No, that's not the way I planted that LOL. Wind? Voles? I don't know but one big root was still attached, the rest look like they were cut - hmmm... Ground Apples, anyone?
Ugh, I feel like I'm the only one who sees Lamb's Quarter as a weed LOL... no I did not plant that...
Remember my elation that my Artichokes were finally coming back every year? See that nice one behind Finn?
Yeah, don't worry, this year it's the same end result - dead.
I was meaning to kill that anyways. :(
But, gardening is like raising livestock sometimes, every now and again you will have to bring out the dead.
I can't feel depressed for long however, because there is so much that is good in the garden!
I normally don't see these blooms until early June!
Chives looking as pretty as - well, chives.
Happy Dance! Finally a root VEGGIE (that's for you, Susan) that grows well here at the beach! My first year with turnips and I am so excited, even more so because I tried so hard to like radishes the way I did when I was younger, but hate 'em now - but love turnips!
Picked a bunch, I sense a roast pork loin tonight!
Lettuces are really producing now
No more fear of decimating them for a salad!
Turnip & Lettuce Bed
The area off the deck is ready for the hummingbirds a bit early this year. Catmint & Salvia are already in full bloom. Purple Homestead Verbena has self seeded vigorously all over the yard and is amazing this year. If you look carefully in the foreground of the Hollywood Juniper, you will see the normally 4 ft tall Verbena has risen to 6 ft so their little purple heads can get some sun, and it's only April!
Tomorrow is a huge day, it's strawberry picking day, hopefully jam canning day, and direct seed day. The strawberry fields are open way early this year and I need to get my fill. Last year was awful, the berries came ready and it was already in the upper 90's in May and picking was torture. Tomorrow should be in the mid-60's and cloudy and I'll have the whole family's hands to help. Bummer that the berries will be done by the time the annual Strawberry Festival comes around over Memorial Day weekend, but I'm just glad the farmers are only dealing with an early harvest and not a bust. Will also be seeding all the summer squash, cukes & beans tomorrow, I hope! If you don't see a post it's because I'll be in a back brace on the couch :)