Cinco de Mayo Update

It’s still chilly in the evenings, but I’ve had mostly everything undercover at night. The squirrels are my biggest problem!



The cold is going away!!

I was away all last weekend on a derby tournament and came back to green grass and warm weather — I’ll take it!

Yesterday I set up the bamboo poles in the pea/bean bed. I also cleared the remaining beds a little more to get ready for more plantings. Here’s my general garden plan for this year:

2014 Garden Plan

The peppers and tomatos have already been started in the house. They aren’t going out until the middle of next month. I’ve got the root crops & brassicas planted, along with a row of peas. The row cover over the brassicas (ok, and some lettuce, too) is helping keep the temp slightly warmer than if it wasn’t there. It’s also keeping out the squirrels, which keep digging up my strawberries. (ahhhhh!!!!)

The last thing I’ve done this week is plant a cherry tree. It’s supposed to do well in cold weather areas, and is self-fertilizing. I’ve never planted a tree before, but hopefully after watching 8 million youtube videos, I’ve got it down. I’ll post updates!

Cherry Tree

Starting New Seeds

I’ve started up my seedlings again — can’t wait to get this year going!

So far, it’s just been a few vegetables: onions, leeks, broccoli & kale. For flowers, I’ve started coleus and pansies and they both seem to be doing well in my cold attic.

Since I’ve been stuck inside of an igloo, I just rented Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables again from the library. Last year, I kept it for a super long time and didn’t want to give it back. I eventually ran out of renewals and had to send it home. I love this book so much — it’s great for beginners and the pictures are awesome.

Polar Vortex

Ugh, the weather is killing me right now. I’ve got a ton of seed catalogs to keep me busy, but it is sooooo cold!

January 2014

January 2014

Right now it feels like spring will never get here, but I’m patient! This snow will eventually melt, and my dog won’t have to leap through mounds of fluffy snowflakes to do his business every morning.  🙂