Monday, May 11, 2009

A weekend in the garden

The plants are starting to perk up in the garden, the seedlings were mostly ready (on the front porch), and I think I've let the compost sit long enough. It's time for planting. Out front, I spread several wheelbarrow's full of compost and planted the remaining seeds I saved from last year: larkspur and lavatera. Since I am such a bad composter, lets hope that tomatoes and cucumber don't come up in the compost, fighting them out for space. I also added another stone path to extend the pathways across the garden to the opposite side of the yard.A left-over from last fall are the pansies. The color of these are awesome. I am also a little surprised that they weathered the winter.The only sad development is that all of the hollyhocks that I transplanted from the back to the front have been eaten by rabbits. I am not relenting and added more hollyhock seedlings to this area. Lets hope that something survives and blooms this summer.Out back, I moved around some plants and put down several more wheelbarrow's full of compost. I planted the tomato seedlings as well as some sunflowers. I'll put in the cucumber and pumpkin as well as the basil next week if I find the time. The seedlings are very small so they can stand another week or so on the porch anyway.This past fall was the first year we did not cut back the raspberries. It is not an experiment or anything, I just got lazy. The first buds of raspberry flowers are starting to show. I wonder how long before we can begin harvesting?

6 comments:

design girl said...

I think it's wonderful that you plant "Bunny Bites" to make sure that the resident rodents in OP have nutritious snacks available to them :)

Mike said...

Hey don't let the name fool you, pansies are anything but! My grandmother planted them for so many years next to her garden they bloomed for 5 years after she stopped.

-Mike

Julie said...

You give me hope to garden! I just need to put my crafting on hiatus. Yeah, right.

Andy said...

If you want to try to keep the rabbits away, "naturally"...try blood meal. It's nitrogen-rich too, and you can get it at any good garden center. I had tenacious rabbits eating my marigolds to stems in Bolingbrook, and when I put the blood meal down, they stopped.

Worth a shot, anyway...

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

Yeah, I've tried the blood meal. I think that it partially works because they have not done a full-out attack as they have done in the past - just the hollyhocks.

bungalowbliss said...

You have a gorgeous yard. Your hard work has definitely paid off!