It has been a rough week with a lost and finally found cell phone resulting in an extra 3 hours on the road on Sunday morning. A sprained wrist by hubby playing basketball with eldest grandson, that seems to be healing. One of our dogs taking off on Sunday night while she was visiting our town family and not being found. All of this softened some by having our eldest grandson here with us for the past 4 days. This morning early, we put him on a bus for home to play in his basketball tournament this weekend. He very responsibly checked in at every stop on his route and is safely back with his parents.
All this required some garden therapy. I have been slow to get the garden up and running this year with the fickle early to mid April weather and foot of snow. I did get the onions and garlic in the ground when appropriate and they are up and looking good. The asparagus finally broke ground just before we left last weekend and have been enjoyed a couple of times with another harvest done this morning that will probably find it’s way to our daughter’s kitchen for her to enjoy as well.
After the bus departure and the Friday morning egg delivery, we went and bought starter plants, 4 each slicing tomatoes, Amish paste tomatoes, Serano peppers, Jalapeno peppers, and spinach plants. Once home and awaiting the arrival of the delivery and installation of our over the range vented microwave to replace the one that failed a few weeks ago, I attacked the garden. It is still early, so most of the weeds are easy to manage, plus I put a thick layer of spoiled hay over everything in the fall. A long bed was weeded and the tomatoes planted, the end of the long bed containing the garlic was planted with the hot peppers, another long bed cleared and two kinds of peas planted, and the spinach that I started as well as the heartier ones we bought were tucked into the end of a 4 X 4 block bed. In a couple more weeks, the corn, beans, cucumbers, and pumpkins will go in and if I can find some Poblano peppers, they will be planted also. The nursery said their Poblano seed was bad with very poor germination and they only have a few plants too small to sell yet. The half barrels that used to grace the deck with herbs had to be moved off the deck in the fall when it started to fail and is in the process of rebuilding, so two of them were moved to the side of the house where I exit to the garden and coop and planted this morning with new rosemary plants, wild flower seed in one, and edible flower seed in the other and fencing around them to keep the chicken from hopping up and digging around in them.
The tree nursery bed needs the trees removed and transplanted and one more long bed to weed.
I guess I should dedicate a short time each morning when I go to let the chickens out and each evening when I go to lock them up to weed one bed or one aisle and maybe the garden won’t get ahead of me this year.
The microwave installers kindly left me the box it came in as well as a washer and dryer box they had in their truck so perhaps I can mulch down some aisles to also make the task easier.
We continue to be saddened and worried about our country pup lost and hungry in town, but have done about all we can but keep hoping that she finally comes to someone and they can get her back to us.