Yesterday, the kids and I (Rob was "busy" working around the front of the house) planted our garden. I'd love to say we behaved like a Norman Rockwell painting [looks], but I'll be the first to admit that there was fighting every step of the way - who was going to rake, who would spread the seeds, who would cover the seeds. At any rate, our garden is planted.
|green beans, sugar peas, carrots, golden beets, roma tomatoes, hot peppers|
|just waiting for some green!|
These pictures make it look so bucolic and serene, don't they? Thankfully there are no videos!
Our raspberry bushes have spread like crazy and I'm wondering if anyone has some advice? Last year the stinkbugs were really enjoying the raspberry bushes - any natural repellent ideas? Should we thin the plants? I'm thinking maybe the plants will produce more if there are less of them. I'd appreciate any expertise!
My fig tree (apparently not totally harmed by my botched attempt to prune) is sprouting some leaves! I'm hoping we can harvest more than one fig this year. Last year's fig was delicious, but it was hard to split in five pieces.
Our rhubarb from Aunt Jean is doing very well and I harvested some for my mom and myself. I have yet to use mine, but my mom said it was delicious.
Our mint and oregano are back and doing well - usually we also have tomato plants that will reappear, so I'll wait to buy tomato plants. I did buy some roma tomato seeds, we'll see how they do.
Our blueberry bushes seem to be doing well. Last year they produced about ten berries, which were quickly consumed by some birds. Do those rubber snakes really work to scare away birds?
Lastly, I planted my herbs. My mint, spearmint, and oregano always come back - so I planted the rest of the things I want in my dedicated herb pot. The previous owner of the house left this aluminum tub - I think someone said he used to bathe his dogs in it. It works perfectly for my herbs!
|basil, cilantro, parsley, chives|
I really don't know much about gardening or even planting consumables, but hopefully with each passing year I'll learn a little bit more.
We'll wait to plant our flowers until after Mother's Day to be on the safe side with possible frost.
Will you be planting a garden this year? Do you usually plant consumables or mostly flowers? I'd love to hear any advice or expertise that you're willing to share! Happy Spring (or Fall, to our Southern Hemisphere friends)!