garden report

Things are starting to happen in the garden (and in the yard).

First of all, we had a sweet visitor staying in the bush beside our porch–a mama robin, who built her nest in our evergreen bush. We’ve been keeping an eye on the babies and this morning I finally got around to taking a quick photo. It didn’t turn out too well, but I won’t be taking another, because this afternoon they left the nest!

The peas are growing–first and second plantings.

Mary’s strawberry plants are making all kinds of berries–still green, but lots of berries.

Well, one berry is ripening.

They also produce the most adorable little flowers. I am thinking about planting berries all around our house–I love their foliage too.

The mulberry bush has a ton of berries on it, too–just waiting for them to ripen!

Future jam!

Aren’t these cute? They’re either squash or cucumber–my plant marker washed off and I can’t read it. The first true leaves are still in the fuzzy “about to open” stage.

Since we have very dense clay soil, it’s hard for many of our plants to make it–their roots can’t get through the clay, or it’s too wet for them because it doesn’t drain well. So this year I’m trying a sort of modified lasagna garden. We’ll see how it goes. It’s ugly, but I figure the greenery will grow in and then the boxes from Costco won’t be such an eyesore!

Next time: pictures of my gardening assistants!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janie Gall on May 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Interested in your planting in boxes. I know cardboard fights the weeds and is good nutrition for the worms. Would never of thought to do this. Thanks for the great idea

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  2. Posted by academama on May 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

    FYI–Costco hands out boxes instead of using grocery bags and they always have these big flat ones. They’re the perfect size and shape for a garden box!

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