A nice sunny weekend part 2

So as far as the rest of the weekend, this is mainly the part that I wish I had pics for. Both Saturday and Sunday were absolutely beautiful, no jacket needed sunny days. You know, it’s funny, I think Ballerina Girl remembers gardening with me last year because she just jumped right in helping me.

The garden beds had shrunk quite a bit (of course) and I had put a bunch of leaves on them but needed to top them with compost in the spots I was going to plant garlic and onions. Planting garlic in the spring? Yes, I know, you are supposed to plant it in the fall, but I never got around to it and I have been SO burned out from work in the last 9 months or so that I had had zero energy after I get home or on the weekends to do ANYTHING besides try and stay caught up on dishes and laundry (and even that didn’t get done).

So anyway, I was shoveling compost from the pile onto the garden spot where I was going to plant my garlic and of course Ballerina Girl immediately came over and got her little mint green trowel and started helping me… it was so cute! She loved watching the “warms” wiggle around in the compost and did a great job helping me plant the garlic cloves. I’d saved a couple of the biggest and fattest bulbs from last year so hopefully we’ll do OK. Some of them were already starting to sprout in the bag. I do have a few volunteers from last year, must have been some that didn’t quite make it up past the compacted leaf mulch. We’ll see how those go!

The compost pile itself was pretty meager… I had stopped composting last year (sniff) because the neighbor’s dog just loved to dig around in it (jumping the fence, same dog that left a dead SOMETHING – I think it was a mole – in my garden bed). Said neighbor has now moved out and so I am now free to compost again!

Sunday morning I dug out my box of seeds and the girls immediately zoned in on me. Little Rambo just had fun shaking the packets of peas to hear them rattle, but Ballerina Girl was a pretty intent student. Then we went out afterwards and I spread some potting soil for the onion bed (had run out of compost) and she helped me by carefully placing a seed into each hole. She is a very careful gardener… it’s funny because last year she wasn’t too much older than Little Rambo but Little Rambo is just too busy running around and climbing on stuff outside to pay attention to what I am doing 🙂 And that is OK, it’s nice for them to be independent so that Mr. Hot Stuff and I can do our work outside in the yard.

Last year I followed the instructions for onions which say to start them 6 weeks early indoors. Unfortunately, somehow I went wrong and those starts ended up so spindly. I did NOT do well with onions last year so this year I figured, we’ve been having amazing weather and a very mild winter overall (only an inch or two of snow!) and so I’ll plant some seeds to see what happens. If all else fails, I can just get some sets to plant out in early May.

Then of course I completed my garden plan. This year’s garden is more of an experiment than anything. I have a couple different kinds of pumpkin that I want to try out, some Litchi tomatoes, and lots of other fun things. I actually did not technically complete it because I don’t know which varieties I’ll be planting in all but I have it mostly done. I do have a schedule I made out (I even got a planner specifically for my garden this year) and so I can already tell you that next weekend is when I get to start my tomatoes & peppers! I got a soil blocker set this year so hopefully it won’t be too hard for me to master it. I hated using the cups I did last year.

I already made my seed order a few months ago but some of those seeds were for “seed bank storage” and I lost the master inventory list that I made so now I get to go through them AGAIN and then I’ll know which varieties I can grow. I think we’ll have fun this year though! Probably in September I’ll be done working so that will give us harvest time.

I’m also currently rooting some grape starts, Concord and Thompson Seedless. Those will be planted up on our family farm up north in a few months, along with a full complement of fruit trees this fall. I’ve also got some hardy kiwi seeds that I’ll be starting so we’ll see what will come of that! OH, and I’m also trying my hand at growing pineapples. One thing I would just LOVE is to have a big greenhouse full of tropicals.

When Mr. Hot Stuff and I finalize the design for our home up at the property one of the “musts” is an attached greenhouse/sun room where I can grow small tropicals in pots. Did you know you can grow dwarf mango and avocado trees? I must admit working in the finance industry there are certain things that make me feel we have a not-so-firm footing. Specifically, the financial state of this country makes me concerned about the potential of bringing in food from other places. Sometimes that’s good (eat local!) but sometimes that might not be fun, since I absolutely love bananas, mangos, avocados, and lots of other tropicals.

So my answer to that is to grow my own! We’ll see 🙂 Really, if I had a small greenhouse I could probably do it… we just need to find a good house plan to modify. And of course to pray that Mr. Hot Stuff gets a job up north pretty quick when he’s done with school.

And so I guess that’s it for this post! Haha… Just wait. I sure can’t!

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