Thursday, April 30, 2015

Getting the Garden Ready

 After a very long and cold winter, I am really appreciating the sunshine, warmer weather and beautiful colors that spring offers....

As I shared last week, the vegetable seeds we had planted indoors are doing well. We faithfully carry the tiny plants out onto our deck to bask in the sunshine on warm days, but bring them in each night as it is still to cold in our neck of the woods for the little seedlings yet. However, we did spend time this week using our rototiller to get the garden area ready for planting. The soil looked so rich and I can't wait till it is safe to permanently move our tiny plants to their outdoor home.
I also spent time clearing and weeding the raised herb gardens. The perennial herbs we have (oregano, thyme, lemon thyme and chives) are starting to look wonderful and they smell great!

 I love the aroma that herbs have! When I was weeding out the annual plants from last year, even the dead basil plants still had a great scent. I am looking forward to adding some fresh annual herb plants to this section of the garden.
Normally onions would be planted in March or April in our area, but it has been so cold and the ground has been so hard that we haven't done ours yet, but it is on the agenda for this weekend. I purchased some onion sets to plant but also found these 2 bulbs in a bag of onions I purchased recently, so they will be going in the garden as well...
 To our surprise, we have some onions from last year that have already resurfaced in the garden.
  ...and surprisingly, some carrots are starting to sprout too...
Have you started your garden yet, and how is it going? It's a great way to welcome in the new season, enjoy the warm weather and anticipate all the fresh produce that is to come.

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