I realize I posted a more modern garden update recently, but it is hard to realize how far this garden has come in just a month.We have been lucky to have already harvested rhubarb, leaf lettuce, Romaine, chives, cilantro and kale.
Home during May, I had no excuse to let my gardening and weeding skills languish, other than a bit more complexity in buying seeds and bedding plants.
We got on the seed bandwagon early (April 2/20) as we realized with all these people home at this time of year, we would have some competition. We were not wrong. What we did not count on was how expensive seeds were during Covid demand. I also needed to make a trip to grab some steer manure and sand to augment my garden soil. One could say I took a lot of shit that day or you can take it all with a grain of sand.
I planted the seeds around May 1. The ground was warm and I had the time. The next issue was grabbing my bedding plants. Our local greenhouse (BMR) not only offered Seniors’ hour, but also curbside pickup. I phoned in my order and arranged to pick up my bedding plants before Mothers’ Day. I realized, Mothers’ Day would likely see everyone out at the garden centres and there would be nothing left after that. Picking the bedding plants up on May 9 was not my preferred date, but I left them in the pots until the Victoria Day weekend, so I could avoid the frost. I planted them in the garden on May 18 and instantly regretted it when the temperatures went down to 0 degrees C on two consecutive nights. Undeterred, I simply covered them up.
Temperatures now seem to be on an even keel and the garden is looking great, after a good weeding and the transplant of my Patty’s plants “vegetables from vegetables” starts. Things are hopping and all I have to do is weed, water and harvest.
I MacGyvered a better frame for my bird block this year. It was a bit of a chore to roll it back for the weeding, but worth it to avoid the lettuce eating sparrows.
The last thing I did on May 27/20 was to plant my flower boxes and borders while Patty did the deck planters. Overall, we are happy with the look of our backyard oasis.
Most photos taken on May 28/20.
Most photos taken on June 28/20.