How’s the weather in New England? John Hric, our fellow blogger said it best. “It is a rollercoaster ride. Please remain seated until the ride comes to a full and complete stop. Keep your seat belt fastened and your crash helmet on. Enjoy your time here in the spring amusement park.” 🙂
The plants are coming to life but slowly. I’ve been moving, dividing, raking, spreading lime out near the road, and putting out solar lights, bird baths, and pots I use.
Inside there are 63 tomatoes of various sizes, cucumbers, watermelon, Mexican Sunflowers, and Zinnias. No, I haven’t lost my little mind, most of those 63 tomato plants will go to the MG plant sale. 🙂 I ran out of room under the lights so I’m using tables in front of our south facing windows on the porch.
In the shed, there are three more trays with the butterfly bush, a new viburnum, wisteria, sweet peas, passion flower, and my cuttings from the forsythia, winterberry, and hydrangea. I’m hardening them off by putting them outside for several hours each day. I hope to get them planted next week.
Under the row covers in the raised beds are the bulbs which so far are not showing any growth so I’m going to take the row covers off today and see if that makes a difference.
Gardening is a learning experience so what have I learned so far this season? Blueberries will not grow under my neighbor’s big, old, ugly pines so I moved six plants and four pieces of wild Maine blueberry sod to a full sun site and mulched them all. It’s not a perfect location to get water to, but once established, they are on their own. Tulips are not for me. There, I said it out loud, and now I need to remember it. If planted in the ground, the chipmunks and squirrels eat them, and if planted in containers and stored for the winter, they just don’t do well enough for the money and work involved. In more temperate climates, containers work well, just not here in cold climate.
I watched an interesting webinar from Cornell University on creating garden art last week. The appeal wasn’t so much that I wanted to create all those glass pieces that have to be stored, but the theory behind it of when to use tall, medium, short pieces to attract your eye in the garden. This week I’m checking out a hummingbird webinar. One of the few benefits of Covid is the opportunity to participate in webinars all across the country. I always learn something that I can put to use.
Have a good last week in April. I’m still trying to figure out where the month went. Are you busy working on a outdoor project? Or have you read a really good book? Do tell.