A catch-up posting here. As often happens, our weather has turned from will-winter-never-end to summer's-here. The rains have also been wild with lots of lightning and thunder.
In the past 24 hours we've gotten over 2-1/2" of rain which, added to the snow melt and recent previous rainfalls, have caused wash-outs on several county roads in our area. All streams and waterways are rushing and gushing like we've not seen in years.
Two days ago, with a slight drying of soil, Papa Pea got my flat gardening areas tilled for the season. Now that the areas are ready, it will be several days before it's dry enough that I can think of planting peas and potatoes, the two crops I would have liked to have had in by now.
Do you think we went a bit overboard with the pruning of these two apple trees? Sadly, they're in the process of being taken down as they've lived out their productive years and are no longer able to give us more than a few apples. New trees have been planted to take their place.
I've got a few of my raised garden beds planted. Onions are all in the ground as are turnips and carrots. Trellises for other veggies are in place. As soon as the soil is dry enough, lots of other cool weather crops will go in.
The strawberries are weeded and there's all but a few feet of mulch between the rows left to be put in place. The bed is getting old and I wish I had the time to start new plants in a different area but this spring is chock full of too many projects already so that will have to go on the list for a year from now.
Speaking of strawberries, last weekend I finished this small piece. I had the x-stitching done last year but couldn't decide how to go from there. I finally went with simple, added the red border and it's now a small 8-1/2" square pillow that will sit as decoration on a shelf. Strawberry harvest will start for us right around the end of June/first of July so it will be ready for that this year.
The busy time out-of-doors has begun and my first-of-the-season achy gardening muscles have almost disappeared. Onward with the planting and then obsessively watching it all grow.