Oh my sore neck, my sore knees. Oh my back!
Yup! It’s planting season again. I love the idea of it, growing our own food, but I am always surprised at the amount of work that’s involved.
I have a huge supply of bamboo-like sticks from the miscanthus giganteus that I grow every year. If you want some to plant, I’d love to share. Bring your axe.
Today I planted climbing beans, chard, spinach, lettuce, beets, leeks, carrots, edamame, bush beans and celery. Whew! I had previously planted broccoli, snow peas, zucchini and pumpkin.
Swiss Chard from transplant.
The asparagus is producing and the redcurrant and raspberry canes are doing well. The garlic is tall and green.
The garlic was planted last fall. It will be harvested in July.
Most years I’ve had to replant the zucchini up to 3 times as it got eaten down by who-knows-what. This year I grew little squash plants from seed first and I’m hoping that action will save me from having to replant.
The pumpkin, squash and zuccinni haven’t minded the transplanting. I’m shocked.
I haven’t had much luck in the past with lettuce or spinach….it gets eaten by slugs or critters. I’m trying to out-smart the wildlife and we’ve been eating ‘premium’ salads out of the greenhouse for a few weeks now. Still, hope springs eternal and I planted seeds out in the garden today.
Garlic in the distance.
It seems crazy to be planting so late – June 4. But the season has arrived late this year. My peonys aren’t in bloom yet and the lupins just started to colour-up today. From photos of friends in Ontario, I see that we are 2 weeks behind.
Snow peas start to climb. The cloth covers broccoli plants. I’m trying to hide the plants from the cabbage moths so I won’t have little green worms eating my broccoli!
We’ve had lots of rain and my two enormous water collectors (4′ x 4′ x 4′) are full…a good thing to have at the beginning of the season.
Tomorrow is the final push when 45 tomato plants go into the ground. Maybe this will be the year that I will finally grow enough of them to can for the entire year.
Our little greenhouse is a wonderful place for starting seedings and now for growing an eggplant or two and red peppers.
It is a lot of hard work and I am sore, but it also feels wonderful to be so close to the soil and to handle living plants, and to smell the fragrances of the lilac and to enjoy the chirping of birds.
This lilac shrub is 2 or 3 years old. It smells so beautiful right now.
On my hands and knees today planting my 6th garden here it occurred to me that the message of Spring is that we all get a fresh chance to get everything right or at least to tweak our approach.
After rototilling the garden was a blank canvas.
Oh yeah, and then there are the plant sale flowers that are still patiently waiting for their turn.
Solomon’s Seal. This garden bed is planted for my mother and grandmother. I put in flowers that they grew and loved.