mtaratoot wrote: »
I planted peas on March 1. They are supposed to sprout in seven days. It's been four times that long, but some finally are breaking through the soil surface! I'm tempted to push a few more in where none appear to be popping up. I know that usually the birds get some of them, and slugs get a share, too. I almost replanted last week, but was poking around and saw a pea with an acrospire on it. I reburied on it with renewed faith, and now there they are!
I cut back the old flower stalks from the artichokes today. I used to always break them off in the fall, but when I read how raspberry canes keep sending sugar down to roots for much of the winter, I left them this year. This is the first year in my memory the above ground plants did NOT die back. They always seem to go much of the winter, die back, then regrew and flower again. I'll be curious how they grow this year, and yes, I am looking forward to artichoke season! Less than two months away. I'll get some water on the boil....
My Madrone (Arbutus menzisii) is starting to have open blossoms. My Mt. Fuji flowering cherry has a few blossoms open, so maybe soon I'll host a Hanami. I have a small pile of Stella bing cherry branches waiting to be cut down to length for the smoker, but I'm waiting until they flower. I'll bring in some branches. The Chojuro (Asian pear) has a couple blossoms open. The camelia bushes are starting to blossom. The hyacinth are a little past their prime, but still smell wonderful. I do so miss my winter daphne; it got some disease years ago and died over the course of two years. Way bummer.
I've been trying to expand the stand of Great Camas in my back yard/orchard area. Every year I harvest the seeds and keep them inside until fall. Over time, they've really been spreading. I don't mow back there until after they're done. My goal was to get it to become sort of a meadow, but it's also nice after I mow. I keep threatening to put a greenhouse up back there.
mtaratoot wrote: »
Well not daffodils. That would be plural. For now just one is open. More are on the way; we're having a spate of days over 50 degrees F. I'm surprised my camellias aren't open yet. Normally they would be by now. I don't know if it's slugs or birds eating all the lovely buds from my hyacinths, but they always get a bit munched. They should be on the way soon.
Anyone else remember John Belushi on Weekend Update telling Chevy about how March comes in and goes out "in other countries?" He claimed that in Honduras, March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a salt-marsh harvest mouse. I was just coming back from Honduras one year ago today. I miss it.
ZoneFive wrote: »
Hello . . . how great to find this thread!This will be our third spring in this house, and second vegetable garden. Still expanding & improving the raised beds in the back yard -- that's normal, right? This year we're putting a fence around the whole bed area because the Hounds of Doom think it's a playground.
We celebrated first day of spring by starting seeds in the little pop-up greenhouse on our porch. I have tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, four kinds of basil and some other herbs. Wiggy (DH) won't eat vegetables besides peas, green beans and corn, and maybe tomatoes in sauce, but insists on planting varieties of habaneros and other peppers. (The idea of growing what he likes to eat hasn't sunk in yet.) Direct seeded carrots, winter squash, pumpkins and a few other things will come later.
We're in SE Michigan, zone 6a. Last spring was so late -- we were getting regular snow in April and May -- I have hopes that this growing season will be a little more reasonable.
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