Monday, June 9, 2014

First Week in June :: All Planted

We spent most of Friday and Saturday in the garden, preparing the last two beds and planting, planting, planting.  It was my goal to get "everything" in the ground by the end of the first week of June.  Gratefully, all the summer veggies are now in, and I have just one more flat of perennial flowers to find homes for.

Thanks to my patient garden helpers this weekend, we can now turn our hands to watering, weeding, and tending all the little babies.  Of course, I will continue to move things around, as I always do, and plant a row here and there—as radishes are picked and cress is spent.

And then in late July, the garlic will come out and we'll have two long beds to fill.  We've envisioned planting rows and rows of carrots, parsnips, and beets for a fall harvest and possibly over-wintering.

New for me this year is starting chamomile from seed.  After sowing it in the greenhouse on April 1st, I neglected to thin the little plants.  So, when we brought the babies home a month ago, we had a mini chamomile forest on our hands.  I wasn't sure how much separating I should do, so I mostly just planted largish clumps in among the kales, broccolis, and brussels sprouts.  They seem to be doing well; and I adore their delicate little cheerful heads peeking up among the brassicas.

After putting our basil, tomatoes, and peppers in the ground, I covered them with a thin layer of straw mulch.  We're planning to have two dozen straw bales delivered this week for more mulching.  Mulching seems to be the answer to many garden needs . . . as long as I can keep the slugs out of the cabbages!  I'm trying ground egg shells for that.

I made a rough sketch of the garden yesterday, and I'm planning to tidy it up and scan it, to keep the record here.  I find myself forgetting—from year to year—what was planted where, and I'm hoping this blog will help me keep track.

I'm grateful for all the helping hands (and paws) in the garden this weekend.  For the warmth and the sunshine.  And for the girls' enthusiasm over a new little fairy garden!

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