Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Busy Spring

Spring, as usual, is a very busy time for me.  Mostly with the greenhouse and then gardening, both the vegetable beds and the flower beds around the house.

First off, the new fruit will be coming ripe in a few weeks, so I dug out of the freezer all the frozen fruit from last year and made jam.  I ended up canning 54 half pints of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and triple berry.  

I also had my sister in law of New Mexico, send me some green chili.  Twenty pounds of frozen chopped chili.  So I canned about 50 half pints of chili, but didn't get a picture.

Then I got busy planting about 65 tomato plants (those are the plants with the bamboo sticks).  There are more tomatoes off to the right where you can see only one corner.

Now you can see them in the box next to the green house.  The box in the lower left corner is lettuce, spinach, beets, chard, etc.  and the box in the middle back is cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.  Then in the back box is the peas, glorious peas.  They are so prolific this year again.  We should have a bumper crop!  in front of the peas in the same box is carrots.  There are the regular orange carrots, yellow carrots, red carrots and purple carrots.  They all taste the same, but they make for a pretty bake vegetable dish.

And of course there are the chickens.  They didn't like being cooped up in their little space, so we temporarily fenced off a portion of the yard, and they are happy campers.

Next up in the greenhouse are tender annual flowers, like foxglove, sweet william, and holly hocks.  Then some herbs like basil, purple basil, chamomile, parsley, marjoram and dill.

I haven't had time to get out all the marigolds I started back in February, so they are blooming in the perfect conditions in the greenhouse.  The egg carton flat is some moss rose, maybe I can get to them this Friday????
These plants are miscellaneous items, some house plants, some stragglers of tomatoes, peanut plants to little to be put out yet, etc.

These are my 53 pepper plants that finally have come up and needed to be transplanted into these 4 inch pots. Now that they are in the bigger pots, they will grow pretty fast.   These will go out some time in early June.  

 I also have two other vegetable beds full of watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, winter and summer squash, cucumbers, and more cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.  And, I also have four flower beds that we spread two yards of bark dust around.

So, there you go.  Spring is all about being outside getting lots of gardening done. 

My next post will have a couple of things I have been working on in my sewing room.  Believe it or not, I do spend my evenings in the sewing room.  All about balance between work and play, right?



kathy said...

Lots of work - to be sure. Supposed to be 90' tomorrow then cooling down. I still need to turn over my garden - I only have barely half done. Then i get out my little rototiller and make it pretty for the tomato starts.
I've weeded my front door bed twice already and I need some bark dust as the little weeds are needing a third weeding. Have you noticed everything is blooming exuberantly this spring after our super hot stressful summer last year?
I keep forgetting to let you know I received the airplane fabric. I have the blue/aqua colorway - I love it. Thank you for thinking of me.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

My gosh you've been busy!