Busy Time at the Gardens
The gardens in my backyard are known as the Urban Ranch gardens and the gardens at the new property, as you know, are known as Terra Nova Gardens. The Urban Ranch gardens were planted with lettuce, radishes, and mesclun. Only a few scattered radishes came up. I'm not sure what happened there but they will have to be replanted. The seed starting station worked so well that the tomatoes sprouted up to the plastic cover and curled over before I even knew they had sprouted. They were so spindly and leggy that I replanted them. The bell peppers did good and look great. So now the half of the 72 plant seed plug starter with the newly planted tomatoes has a heat mat under it at night. During the day when the temperature is 60 degrees or better they go outside for the day. I think that's better than being under a grow lamp. Those replanted seeds are already popping up after only four days. Wow, that's quick. They didn't even have the plastic cover on them.
|Garden Gate Day Lilies|
Here's my patch of day lilies at Terra Nova Gardens. Yeah, right in the middle of the gate. I've decided that I'm not so much in love with the common variety of day lilies any more. They are much more difficult to transplant than I first thought.
|Day lilies all gone|
Yes, I pulled them all out. If I really want to plant day lilies around the outside of the fence which was the original plan there are many big patches of day lilies to transplant. There is no lack of that resource on the property.
|Path ready for wood chips|
You might be wondering just why I would dig a trench in the middle of the garden. Some years ago I read an article about making raised beds. The article stated that since you would have paths that would be only for walking, why not skim off the top four inches of top soil and put it on the raised beds. It would raise the bed another four inches with good top soil. My plan is to find a tree service in town that would be willing to donate a load or two of wood chips to fill up the trenches and cover my parking area. I know that wood will leach nitrogen from the soil but hopefully the bed is raised up enough to not be affected by the wood chips in the trench. I hope to get all that accomplished next week. Then I can get back to finishing the fence. Lots of work. Not much time.
Have a great spring time day in the garden.