garden work: weeds, weeds, weeds

 
 
Today I spent a couple hours working in my community garden plot. Where do all these weeds come from? I think I pull them and then I turn around and they have grown up again. Weeding takes most of my garden time now, but I do other fun stuff too.  (Someday I’ll do a post on all the different ways to weed, and maybe even one on all the different types of weeds I grow in my gardens.) Today’s garden work (besides weeding): – Remove salt marsh hay mulch from…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
Charley really wanted to participate in all of my garden chores today. He made the work a bit of a challenge. He stole anything he could and then I had to chase him – he’s fast! He walked all through the garden beds (my plan is to teach him next year to stay off.) And he put anything he could find into his mouth. – Plant 6 packages of tulip bulbs around my patio, adding bulb booster to each hole. – Cut back my long row of perennials to the…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
It seems I should be finishing up with my garden for the season, but I’m hurrying to get my winter crops set. This is what I did in the garden today. – Clean out tomato debris from my winter bed (this bed has hardware cloth dug in 8 inches around the base to deter voles and also has brackets to support the PVC hoops) – Spread compost and manure on winter bed (3 bags Black Earth compost and 2 bags composted manure) and dig it in (I dig it in…
 

update – October has been keeping me busy

 
 
Oh gee, I meant to post regularly and here again, I’ve gone a long time without posting. So much is going on. (I’ll fill in some back posts soon.) I’ve been getting good harvests regularly, still. Lot’s of lettuce. Also beans, summer squash, and peppers. All the green tomatoes I picked two weeks ago (thinking we were getting a hard frost), are on my kitchen counter and rapidly ripening. I make sauce every time I get a bowlful of ripe ones. We use that in a few days, or freeze…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
We haven’t had a frost yet in my backyard garden, though many locations around us have frosted. Today I got a lot done: – picked a big pile of beans, then pulled up and composted a row that is finished – picked the last of my green tomatoes and peppers – we tried to pick them all a couple days ago when a frost threatened, but seems we didn’t get all of them in the dark with our flashlights – harvested a watermelon, zucchinis, one tiny cucumber, and a couple…
 

garden work

 
 
I worked a few hours in my community garden plot today. It is SO dry. The soil is dust and most plants are wilted. I haven’t had time to water more than once a week and some of the plants just barely grow on that amount of water, even though I water very deep when I do go. Garden work: – weed – cut down potatoes (after two weeks I will start digging them) – pull onions that were ready (falling over) – pick tomatoes, beans, and acorn squash –…
 

 
 
I’m so busy in my garden – ALL the time. I can’t believe I’m a garden blogger and I can’t find time to write about my garden because I’m too busy gardening! Well, life happens too. My dad died and we are planning a service next week. It’s one reason I’m in the garden – it’s my favorite place.
 

Mom’s garden

 
 
This morning I visited my Mom and planted more of her garden. It’s doing really well I have to say. Much more is planted there than in my gardens. Today I planted seedlings: 7 tomatoes, several peppers, a couple broccoli, some escarole, and a couple each of yellow summer squash and zucchini squash. Also I planted seeds for beets, sunflowers, and nasturtiums. I forgot to take photos. Next time.
 

community plot planted – finally

 
 
May 23! I can’t believe I am planting so late this year. Today at my community plot I planted 4 varieties of seed potatoes today, lots of onions, leeks, and green onion seedlings. Also, flower seedlings: heliotrope, marigolds, and bells of Ireland. Flower seeds: sunflowers and nasturtium. The season has been chilly and the estimates are that the weather here is 2 weeks late in warming up. I think I’m another week late on top of that. We had a water problem at our community garden and finally got our…
 

planting cabbages, brocccoli and bok choi

 
 
Finally! I’ve gotten the compost down to the garden (actually my husband did that for me – thank you, Steve!), spread and turn it. Then we hooked up the hose to get some water down to the garden. The brassica bed was ready for planting, so yesterday the plants went in! I have so many seedlings waiting to be planted that I’m so happy to be getting some planted. After planting and watering, I covered the bed with row cover to protect the plants from cabbage worms. I planted three…
 
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