We had many hours of steady rain yesterday which was good for the seeds already planted in the garden, the new strawberry plants, the raspberries and blueberries. (I think the lawn may have grown 6" also.)
I thought perhaps today would be dry enough that I could get back out into the garden by this afternoon, but 'twas not to be. A gray, damp day made that impossible. Tomorrow? Hope so.
This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday much was accomplished outside which was a good thing.
All the strawberry plants are in the ground . . . including the ones we ended up giving our good neighbor because they didn't fit in the space allotted for them at our place. Funny, everything looked so good when I plotted it out on the graph paper. (I have that problem a lot it seems.)
Got notification today that our asparagus roots were shipped so I'm assuming we'll be putting those in later this week.
Sunday night before the rains started, I harvested the first of our rhubarb. As Papa Pea and I are still trying to stay away from sweets (sob), I cut it up and made it into two pie fillings which I stashed in the freezer. Way down in the freezer. With lots of other stuff on top of them. Hard to get at, ya know.
The blueberry bushes are looking good after I went a little crazy (I feared) pruning them a few weeks ago. There were a few weeds starting to take hold in the patch and now with the rain I see they've called in all their relatives to come join them. I need to get them under control pronto.
Our three haskap (honey berry) bushes that we planted three years ago this spring finally have decided to put forth blossoms this year. Glory be, we may actually get to taste a haskap berry.
I really don't have a lot planted in the garden yet. It's not that I haven't been putting in the hours out there. It just all takes so darn long, don't cha know. Got the shell peas in along with the snap peas. Two-thirds of the onions are planted and Brussels sprout transplants are in the ground. Have a bed of Swiss chard (we do love that stuff) and a bed of salad fixings including spinach, kale and radishes.
Last year I planted two 4 x 8' beds of garlic and it was way too much. So last fall I filled just one bed with garlic, half hardneck and half softneck. Gave the whole bed a deep, deep covering of straw for the winter and uncovered it earlier this spring. I've had 100% germination on the hardneck variety but only 13-14 sprouts are up on the softneck side. What the heck happened there? I'm stumped.
There's a forty percent chance of rain for us tomorrow, but I sure am hoping the other sixty percent (chance of no rain) will enable me to get out and get some more planting done. Maybe we can even work a bit on the lawn that is so high even our granddog, Tucker the corgi, is hesitant to venture out into it.
Fall Garden 2017
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