Archive for April, 2011

Tomatoes and Peppers

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I got my favorite tomato starts already. SunGold is one of my favorites. They are in 4-inch pots and it is still too cold to plant in the garden, so I’ll put them in 1 gallon pots and keep them in my greenhouse for a while so the roots can grow. I’ll do the same for the pepper plants.

Finally, Some Warm Weather!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

What a beautiful warm day we finally had. Time to get planting!

I’m going to put in my vegetable starts. I can get a four-pack or six-pack and plant them and not have to worry about growing seeds. I hate thinning. Also, it is just me, so I don’t need that many plants. Also, I can plant new starts every couple weeks so at harvest time, when you pick the first batch, there are more to follow.

Bees, Berries, ‘Barb

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The weatherman said it is 10 degrees below normal, with fewer sunny days and lots of rain. It makes it harder for the bees to get to work on pollenating the blossoming peaches, plum and pear trees.

I need to fertilize my raspberries and put some compost around the base. I thought they froze to death during the early Thanksgiving freeze but they are coming back, so I have to get in there and clean.

My rhubarb is loving all this rain. It is about 14 inches long and ready to be picked. Can’t wait to make my rhubarb sauce!

Winter in Spring

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Did we get hail and snow on April 6! And 50 degrees and sunshine on April 8! The peach trees and apricot trees are in full bloom and the mason bees should be out pollenating the blossoms. They need 50-degree temperatures to emerge from their tubes. We’ll see if they can get around to pollenating in time. We won’t know until we see the fruit set later this year.

The pea plants are ok though. They are just growing slowly. I need to get some pea poles in place so they have something to climb on. And I’m giving them liquid fertilizer.

I’d better plant my potatoes now. My soil drains well where I’m going to put the potatoes so I’ll dig a foot-deep trench, put in the potatoes and cover with soil. When they get up to about six inches, I’ll cover the lower 3 inches with more soil.

Two Bees or Not Two Bees

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

The Mason bees are starting to come out. I think that’s about two weeks late, but it has been cold and rainy.

Some animal got into my mini-greenhouse and tore holes in the cover and knocked the spinach and lettuce seedlings over. I’m sure I lost most of them them, but I’ll plant what I could salvage and see what happens.

I haven’t pruned my hydrangeas yet. I think we’re past the danger of frost so I’m going to get to that this weekend.