A New Garden

Thank you for your congratulations about the baby!  We are really excited about this!  Our plan was to have our kids 5 years apart, but when that time came around it just wasn’t the right time for us.  Now, we are settled and not planning to move for at least a year and a half or more. Its time.

Its also time for planting!  This weather has been beautiful!  Its been mostly sunny and close to the 80s.  We even had a little hot weather warning in the weather report.  Saturday afternoon some new friends came by to visit and brought us an 18 pack of fresh eggs, a meat rabbit, and smoked bacon all from their small home farm.  We spent a lovely afternoon talking about their farm, our falcons and everyone’s kids.  We had the smoked bacon and eggs for brunch on Sunday.  They were so full of flavor!

As for the rabbit I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I’m excited to try.  Tom is the only one who has had rabbit before.  Brae has already informed me that she DOES NOT eat rabbits.  I told her that she has many Italian ancestors who ate rabbits all the time, in fact Tom’s mother ate rabbits at her Sicilian grandmother’s house quite often.  Brae wasn’t swayed whatsoever.  I will let you know how we end up cooking this rabbit and we’ll see if I can get Brae to try it.  Tom is really fighting for fried, but I would rather go with braised.  Any suggestions?

Ok, back to gardening.  I started drawing up plans in January while the bird baths were iced over.  I didn’t think my backyard got much sun so I wrote it off as a no garden area.  Bummer.

In February I tried to decide which plants to grow this season and where they might go.

In March I went through my old seeds and threw most into an empty bed by my house, not expecting much, but hoping anyway.  I also realized that when the sun actually shines it fills half the backyard for most of the day.  Yippee more garden space.

By the beginning of April I had at least one large bed built of free scrap wood, a truckload of soil dumped in the front yard, and my old pea seeds started coming up out of the empty bed by the house.

Now, it’s the last half of April and I feel on track.  The large bed is filled with soil and planted with broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, 5 types of lettuce mixes, swiss chard, radishes and carrots. One of the small beds by the house is stuffed with new strawberry plants with more in pots, another has 6 shallot bulbs still underground, and the third is full of peas and waiting for a tomato plant to join them in about a week or two. We have squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe seeds planted in 4 inch pots. There are a few tomato plants that I found on sale as well as three lemon cucumber plants. Has anyone tried lemon cucumber? I am excited to try them this year.

I also have a space marked out in the backyard for two more beds. Wood for one large bed has been scavenged and I am looking for a few more boards for the second bed. Hope to have those completed this week.

Apple trees are blooming all over town now. We have an orchard full of apples and one lonely pear in our backyard. My neighbor told me that the pear tree, even though its small, produces a surprising amount of delicious fruit every year. I can’t wait to try them. I also can’t wait to try the blackberries. Oh the blackberries! We missed the harvest by a month when we moved here. There were only a few late berries left. The back wall of our yard is covered with a massive wild blackberry patch that is in desperate need of TLC. I think so far I am most excited about a summer full of unlimited free blackberries, if I can get back there to pick them!

What are you growing this year? Anything new?