today’s garden work

 
 
rake edges of front lawn and clear out winter fallen branches mow, lime and fertilize lawns haul 2 truckloads of branches to Town DPW finish mulching the back cottoneaster and peony bed fertilize my blueberry bushes I think I can start on my vegetable garden next!!! Yeah. It’s about time. My Master Gardener class this week was given by a professional landscape designer. I could definitely relate when she said a goal of design is to minimize the amount of lawn and the amount of mulched beds! I’ve spent 2…
 

spring garden work

 
 
-cleaning out perrennial beds -spreading bark mulch -fertilizing lawns -preparing vegetable beds I had a giant pile of bark mulch delivered in my driveway. I’m cleaning out my perrennial beds and then spreading the mulch. A deep brown color. I’m almost finished with this. Today I bought fertilizer for my next yard project. I have several areas of lawns to fertilize. They’re thick with dandelions and other weeds so I’m busy pulling weeds before fertilizing. I did soil tests and one area needs lime and phosphate along with nitrogen. Other…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
Happy St Patrick’s Day! It was my first day of garden work this season in my backyard garden! It was beautiful. – Inspect beehives (more…). – Re-install my two bird houses as they had fallen over. One is down by the pond and the other is on the new arbor by my garden gate. – Set-up tepees for pole beans in the back corners of my garden. It will be a long time until I plant beans on these, but I wanted to get them set up. – Label each…
 

getting ready to plant onions and celeriac

 
 
Yeah! It’s time to begin planting indoors. This weekend I’ll clean some of my old planting pots and trays and get out the seed packets and potting soil. So fun to get my hands into soil again. I used to plant onion sets instead of seeds, but onions grow bigger and are less disease prone from seed. It’s a stress on the plant to hold it as a little bulb then get it growing again. its really easy to grow onions from seed. Only two tricks, get the right variety…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
We certainly are lucky with our fall weather this year. Tee shirt temperature and nice rains. Blue skies and calliope leaf show. Today’s tasks:   – Empty eight bags of compost and topsoil into the new garlic bed (why does the soil height always go down in a raised bed?)   – Spread and turn under the new amendments. (Got to get s proper garden fork. Don’t know where mine went. I leveled with the side of the shovel.)    – Planted 140 cloves of garlic. They filled the bed…
 

looks like a good day for planting garlic

 
 
We had a torrential rain storm last night. My fall greens must have loved it. Now it’s drying up and the sun is out. I brought a dozen bags of compost, manure and topsoil down to my garden yesterday. Also, a bale of salt marsh hay. I’m just waiting now for a new version of Photoshop to download (my old one didn’t seem to work with my new Windows 10 OS). Separating the cloves as I wait. Once it’s done, me and the dogs are going to go do some…
 

preparing the vegetable garden for frost

 
 
Here are things that are important to do in a vegetable garden the day before your first frost. – Pick any warm crop veggies left in the garden: things like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini, summer squashes, winter squashes and pumpkins. Since these plants will all be killed by even a light frost, they can be pulled and composted now. – For a light freeze (28-32 degrees F), its OK to leave most cold weather crops uncovered. To be on the safe side, I cover my lettuce, bok choi, peas…
 

boring garden tasks?

 
 
I was asked the other day about what are the garden tasks I enjoy least.  …… I’m not really sure of the answer to that. I suppose many gardeners would say weeding, but that task gets you down close to the plants and let’s you see what’s going on. If it’s a nice day, weeding is just part of being in the garden. Hauling compost to the garden takes a lot of time and strength. And often needs to be done in the early spring when the weather is still…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
With a frost coming tonight, I did a lot of clean up at my home garden: – Pick the last of the green tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and watermelons – Remove tomato tepees (10-ft wood stakes) – Pull tomato plants and compost (nice with no late blight – right into compost bin) – Pull and compost all frost sensitive plants: pepper, eggplant, basil, cilantro, beans – Cut off sweet potato vines and compost (bins nice and full by now!) – Find my heavy row cover in shed, lay it out on…
 

today’s garden work

 
 
At my community plot: – Clean up and compost the last of the squash vines. – Rack beds all smooth (except one with beans, fennel and tomatillos still growing) – Spread and rack in cover crop seeds (I used Johnny’s green manure mix: rye, clover, vetch and field pea)
 
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