Each year I think I become more obsessed. excited. anxious, stoked, or whatever you call it, about my garden. We’ve had a super warm spring so my itch to plant my garden is on full force. Each year I learn more and more which makes the anticipation even sweeter.
My first year gardening: I had literally no clue what I was doing. My momma is a fantastic gardener, but I didn’t pay much attention or care much growing up. So I was just winging it. I planted in the beginning of June because that’s when I was told to plant. Well turns out that was way late! I mean everything *grew* but we could have had stuff much earlier. The soil was too rich and hadn’t been worked for a few years. I got a few things to eat, but not a whole lot. And then we got a bad hail storm which deformed the corn and did other minimal damage. I also didn’t have a garden fence so competed with the deer. I refused to do that again…
My second year: I got a garden fence! Unfortunately, those who know how to fence, don’t have ‘fence the garden’ on the top of their lists. So I planted later than I had liked to, but that was ok. My garden did great though! TONS of tomatoes, corn, peppers, a few potatoes, a few beans, (still dealing with the soil too rich problemo) lots of flowers, some greens and probably more things I’m missing.
And now this year. I feel like a gardening expert. I learned from some of my mistakes in my first year which helps each year be better. However, with gardening, you are at the mercy of the weather. We don’t get much/any rain during the summer months, so it’s up to watering from the well. With this being said, it’s amazing how much a garden comes alive with a bit of rain. The rain does something that water from the tap just can’t do.
Anyways, enough words.
I uncovered the strawberries last week and I love seeing the green in the garden
I’m not too sure what this is. Maybe a lavatera? It’s the only thing I can think of that it would be.
My garlic and rhubarb came up a few weeks ago. I’m so excited for garlic! I’ve never grown it so it will be interesting to see how it grows here. I planted it in the fall, and I won’t be harvesting it until mid summer/early fall.
I managed to til like 3 rounds in my garden before the tiller Really really quit. I had already gone to town and got one part, so didn’t want to get a belt for it (yesterday.) And now it’s been raining all day so I likely won’t get it tilled until the weekend or next week. But I Love a freshly tilled garden. So much softness!
Our little dog Sassie Loves being near me/Jed. She adopted that spot as ‘her’ spot last year. It’s the north side so nice and shady in the summer. There are 3 dogs here on the ranch, and I try to keep them locked out of my garden at this stage as 12 paws running through the garden is not fun! But she is normally pretty good and is content just being there with me while the other two dogs just seem to want to be in the garden, but not keep still in there!
I’ve got some yarrow up, the Russian Olive is budding, the rhubarb is up, garlic going strong, bulbs taunting me and just Not blooming yet, and strawberries showing colour. My garden is off to a great start and it gives me so much hope. Hopefully within a month I can have my brussels, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli planted out there, and my tomatoes+peppers moved into their cold frame!