Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Garden

The weather has turned nice once again. Sunshine is in the forecast for the next few days. I am so thankful because we haven't gotten a chance to plant the potatoes yet. Yes, they are still sitting in my living room in their box. Half of the potato patch has been tilled and the other half is waiting for Michael. After watching him till the first half, I knew that this wasn't a job for a baby, this was a job for a man! That tiller was beating Michael to death and I wasn't for sure which one would win. Our top job this weekend is to finish tilling that plot of ground and to plant the potatoes.
It won't be long and we will be feasting on garden salad and bread once again. When lettuce is abundant in the garden, we eat salad at almost every meal. I am looking forward to that in just a few short weeks. Our garden is growing nicely. We have one bed of strawberries, a bed of peas, a broccoli bed, and a lettuce, cabbage, beet and green onion bed. That gives us four beds planted and 6 left to fill with the beautiful plants growing in the shop. I have started transplanting my squash and pepper plants. If there is time this weekend, I would like to till up two more garden beds. Then I can go ahead and plant my squash and zucchini plants. I would also like to transplant my little zinnias out to their bed. If I put these plants out, I will have to be diligent to watch the forecast to make sure that it doesn't frost again. My neighbor has ALL of his plants in the ground. I don't like to take that much of a chance. I have enough stress in my life without worrying if my garden is going to freeze one night while I sleep snug and cozy in my bed! I like to wait on planting tomatoes and peppers. They don't grow much in the cooler weather anyway so I figure I can wait an extra couple of weeks.
grace and peace,


Boysaplenty!! said...

Hi Julie,
I just came in from transplanting my peppers and tomatoes too. This is the first time I have grown them from seed. It felt so good when I went to the feed store and saw the price of the plants that I would normally have had to purchase!! Now I just pray they survive. I watered them right after I planted them. Do I need to water them every day till they get established? Doesn't it feel good to get outside and get to gardening again?

TX Doodler said...

Julie, your bread looks beyond scrumptious! It looks to good to be real (even though, I know it is of course!) You inspired me to bake some bread today. It's cold & rainy here-so it will be a nice finish to the day for everyone.

Your lettuce bowl looks yummy too. I would really love to grow lettuce. I'm fretful about it getting destroyed in TX heat & will probably continue to buy organic.

TnFullQuiver said...

I find that my trasnplanted plants need water every day for the most part. I make it a habit to check on them daily, and more often than not watering is usually required. Yes, being outside is lovely. I took a walk today that usually takes me 45 minutes. So many people were outside wanting to chat it took me almost 2 hours!! I did enjoy the conversation, but I am not sure that the walk was much excersise!

I am so glad you baked some bread today. I need to do the same. My oldest son is begging me to make some whole wheat bread with fresh ground wheat, but I am in the garden mode!

grace and peace,

Paige said...

Too much fun! I love gardening season! I think we might've just hit 70 today and melted off the last of our massive snow pile!

I love spring! :)

Love you guys!