Our growing season up here is short. I can start getting my cool weather crops in first whether they be transplants (with some protection) or seeds. The push to get these out, in, up and growing usually starts around the middle of May. Then the planting of the transplants and seeds that need warmer weather, along with ship-shaping up the berry patches and fruit trees, usually takes me into mid-June when I finally breathe a big sigh of relief and announce that the garden's ready for the year.
Funny, they looked much bigger inside!
Today I transplanted some of my cauliflower plants grown from seed indoors out into a 4' x 8' raised bed covered with one of our cold frames.
Also, one of the three planned beds of onions got planted.
Early this morning before leaving for one of her three (or is it four?) jobs, Chicken Mama was a sweetheart and planted a bed of bulbs for me. Her fella, aka Gilligan, gave me some gladiola and some tiger lily bulbs for my recent birthday, and I also had some pink and white glad bulbs (or I think more accurately "corms") from a kind and thoughtful Internet friend (thank you, thank you, Karen!) in Wisconsin. Can't wait to see the showy display this planting produces this summer.
Speaking of Gilligan, here he is making a lovely seed bed out of the new patch we plowed up last year, fertilized and had planned on using for a new raspberry patch (and a few other plantings) this year. Well, it ain't gonna happen. Just too darn many other projects started or planned that are a bigger priority. So we asked Chicken Mama and Gilligan if they wanted to use the space as their vegetable gardening area this year. We were pickled tink to have them eagerly accept the offer. It will be so much fun to see "another garden" right next to ours. The space includes an adjoining area behind and to the left in the picture so they should have a good amount of ground to work with.
Alas and alack, I'm not going to have the time I want for the next couple/few weeks to comment on all of your interesting, entertaining, informative, and uplifting posts. I'll miss doing so but as I started out this post by saying, all of a sudden the days are too short . . . the the list is too long!