Thursday, April 2, 2020

Garden Start - Weeding and Bedding Plants

Bought the bedding plants before doing the 'before planting' work.

This is the 'before' weeding.

DH did make another frame last fall, not yet installed. Plan is to decide on its placement, haul some of the bags of soil and dump it in. I think it would be just the right size for tomatoes.

Laity Farms has been my go to  for bedding plants. Not this year.

This year, with the stay at home and respect social distance safety rules, I am guessing there may be a shortage of places to find garden plants from the greenhouses, so I picked up a various collection of starter plants on Saturday from the small grocery store I am in love with (safety, 2 metre/6 feet spaces between all, smart people)

I put the bedding plants outside in the rain for most of the first afternoon the first day and brought them in and found a 'place' for them to spend their first night. Next day it was too cold and rainy. Last 3 days it was cool with some sunshine so they got more outdoor time.

A small tray of hope.

Checked out the Old Farmer's Almanac online. 

Potting soil picked up when I bought the plants.

Looked around my back yard and collected all the various plant pots and bases which I used once upon a time. 

Washed pots and saucers in dishwasher, first time try (yes, I cleaned them prior to putting in the dishwasher) but should have scrubbed them thoroughly. Had to clean the dishwasher filter.

The 6 small pots will be for the tomato plants that need more growing time inside.

The carrots and peas will go in when the soil has warmed.

There were lots of lovely worms enjoying the soil when I was weeding. I had help when DGS came out and dug up most of the clumps of weeds, I shook the dirt out before adding the weeds to the recycling greens paper bag. I love putting worms who started toward dangerous areas like sidewalks and roads back into their soil homes.

Since I was outside and the rain hadn't started I clipped the grape vines and a few other misc. branches to add to my front yard pile.

More garden prep work coming soon.

I was looking in my big storeroom this week and there was my Mom's gardening book signed and dated by her in 1953. Mom was a wonderful gardener. 

This week was my beginning of getting the small garden ready.

Branch pile Wednesday afternoon.

Thanks for visiting dear friends

Take care of yourselves, keep social distance, wash hands often, stay home, stay safe.

I am seeing more hearts and teddy bears in windows on my social distance walks and short drives every day. 



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  1. Weeds, funny how they grow so well and when you want things to grow you can't get them to. I am hoping to get more plants but for now I will work with what I've got

  2. I love how you described your flat of bedding plants ‘a small tray of hope.’ It’s warm enough down here in Texas to put our plants in the ground. Louis Dean started most of them by seed inside. He kept a plant light on them. He has more tomato plants than we have space to put them!
    I’ve been working outside cleaning up every day for at least a little while. Good therapy. God is faithful and spring followed winter and summer will follow spring. I love the verse “He makes the outgoing of the morning and evening to rejoice.”

  3. Oh my! Have you ever gotten a lot of work done!! Wow!
    We're having a snowstorm right now and the place went from brown to white again. But I have ordered seeds and peat pots and have high hopes for the end of May. :)

  4. A good start! We will be planting in the morning, I think. Our early lettuce, radishes and onions are ready to pick now, such a treat.

  5. Somehow my first comment got published before I completed it so I begin again! We've spent the last week working in our gardens and planting. It's been so good to be outside! Have a grand week!

  6. great start, come on over, my garden needs help!

  7. It's a pleasure now working in garden. We have to plant tomatoes. There are an old variety.

    Stay healthy. Happy MosaicMonday

  8. Hello, working in the garden can be peaceful and productive. I am looking forward to planting some tomato plants and some herbs. It is also nice to be in the fresh air and sunshine. Take care, wishing you a happy day and a great new week!

  9. Gardening is such hard work but definitely a labor of love. I enjoy working in the garden once everything is up. It's a great way to work out stress too.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  10. That book that was your mother's sure is a treasure! I know it makes you feel good being able to sit down with it and read! You'll have a beautiful garden this year! Stay well! Hugs!

  11. Joy - I am so excited to see others getting their gardens started. We are still a few weeks behind you, but there are glimmers of hope. Just today I prepared my columbine seeds - I should be planting them in the next couple of days. Yippee! How wonderful to see the heirloom gardening book that belonged to your mother. A treasure. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!


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