You might remember me saying that we had some weird weather in April. It was cold and rainy. We made it into May with lots of rain and some decent temperatures.
I didn’t worry too much even though I always plant on Mother’s Day weekend and that date passed. This last week the weather turned around and I hurried to the garden center and bought my plants. I told you about getting my flowers planted in THIS POST.
Well, Karl tilled my garden one evening so I went out and planted all of the seedlings and starts. I planted all the way until dark…well actually past dark. I turned on the outside patio light as the last bit of light faded and planted the two cherry tomato plants that I keep outside my back door.
The next night even though I was pooped, I went out and planted all of the seeds. Nothing has popped up yet. That’s okay. At least I know they are in the ground.
Every year I try to plant something new or different. This year I planted…Okra. I have never tried growing it before. I love eating it in soups but I’ve just had it from the can except for a few times I picked it up at the Farmer’s Market. I didn’t do broccoli or cauliflower this year. Broccoli, I think, is easy to grow but it always ends up flowering on me and I can’t use it. I typically go to the garden for something else…then notice the broccoli better get used so I make plans to use it the next day and then it’s flowered. Being I didn’t plant it, I had room to try okra. I am hoping that is a little more forgiving. If you have okra growing suggestions or uses please pass them on.
I planted yellow summer squash AND zucchini. In the past, I only planted Zucchini. I’m changing it up this year. Not a lot…just a little.
I don’t have my climbing pole beans planted yet. Carver calls them his beans and asked me to wait so he could plant them. For the past two summers, Carver has planted them on the trellises Kramer made for me. We make note of the beans growing and observe them measuring Carver to the beans to see which is taller.
Carver needs to help me pound the trellises in and then plant.
It will all look so much better once the seeds start sprouting.
I plant the very front of the garden with zinnias. I love zinnias. This year I planted some Gladiola bulbs too. For those of you who aren’t familiar they are flowers that look like the picture below. I got a pink/purple variety pack.
I have the thought that I’d like some cut flowers in the house more often this year. We’ll see if I actually cut them. Every time I think to cut some I just can’t bring myself to do it.
So now let the growing begin.
I planted some Vinca at the edge.
My landscape perrenials are really starting to perk up. Looks like I’ll have some blooming peonies before long.
I’m excited about my planters this year. I love the colors and the variegated leaves on my petunias. We’ll see if they get full and pretty.
I’m going everything pink this year. Last year I had some red mixed with the pink and didn’t love it.
I still have lots of outdoor work to do. I need to spruce up the bark chips and put down some Preen to help keep the weeds down. If you haven’t used it, Preen is a great product. I sprinkle it down on my old bark chips before I put new chips down. It prevents weeds from growing from seed. I also put it down between my tomato plants. You can find it HERE. It’s important not to put it in the area of your garden where you planted seeds or it will prevent them from germinating. You can put it down after they have sprouted but not before.
Speaking of tomatoes, I get this question every year, what is around your tomato plants? The answer is old field tile. In the olden days, they were used by farmers to help drain the excess water from the crops. They used a plastic pipes nowadays. My parents always put the tile around their tomato plants. It acts as a shelter from the wind and acts a bit like a greenhouse. I also like them because when I water the garden, the water stays closer to the plant and doesn’t flow away from it.
So, that was the garden tour for now. I hope to do another once I have done a good cleaning of the landscaped areas.
I’m feeling so much better now that I have that much done.