Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring gardening.

I had a dream the other night where it was 3 days before Christmas, ack! I was saying how the year just flew by and would soon be over.

Thankfully, it is only April, almost May.

Yet it does seems to be going by pretty fast.

At first it was too cold in the unheated greenhouse for starting seeds but before I knew it I needed to get those seeds planted.

And now I need to get the seedlings hardened off and into the garden.

Many little seedlings are growing in the greenhouse.

Poppies, morning glory, larkspur, more sweet peas.

Some of the sweet peas are now in the ground.

And a very late start on a radishes and lettuce.

Dahlias are getting a head start in the greenhouse and some new varieties are on their way.

A very busy time of year but I absolutely love it!

It's supposed to be unseasonably warm this week, yay!!

Hope you are enjoying Spring at your home!

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm making headway with the fenced garden.

The corner beds for the sweet peas are filled.

I dug out all the weeds and grass from the larger rectangular bed.

And then I turned over the heavy, clay-ey, rocky soil.

 Less you think I'm being too picky about the emu soil, here is proof of the roots that have grown in the soil

I've been sifting the soil after trying to dig out the roots by hand.

 Hardware cloth works well.

Roots have grown within the soil.

 Beautiful, sifted soil for the new raised beds.

Almost finished with more soil to use as a mulch in the gardens.

I will be soon planting seeds, dahlias and seedlings.

I fell asleep on in the sunshine today, laying on the pile of emu topsoil.

It was heavenly!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It'll take more than a day. . .

After my long bout with infected eyes I managed to come down with the flu so it seems I was ill the whole month of March.  

But now it's April and Spring is bursting forth!!  

I've been busily planting seeds in the greenhouse because. . .

. . . hubby has built me new raised beds in the fenced garden!! 

The wood was prepared with a preservative,

measurements taken and the building got underway.

He can build anything. 

These narrow corner beds are going to be for sweet peas.

The other bed will hold dahlias.

 So now I am happily wheeling dirt to the new beds from my saved pile of emu topsoil. 

I've learned something, however, about keeping a pile of dirt that close to the forrest. There are roots everywhere within that soft rich soil. I am pulling out as many as I find in order to avoid perennial weeds or brambles from getting a foothold. The plants in those beds will have a cushy life compared to the woodland with plenty of fertilizer and water. No squatters allowed!

It takes many trips back and forth. Worked all afternoon but didn't quite get one of the beds filled. 

But then, Rome wasn't built in a day.

Neither were Popeye's muscles.