It’s been a busy week on the homestead. The first day of spring ushered in a weekend filled with activity. We started work on my shade garden with the front “L” garden complete and the full shade garden on the side of the house to be dug up this week. (I have never before dug a ditch, and my body feels like someone beat me up while I slept!) I also attacked several fire ant hills inside my raised beds or near my food. Signs of spring are everywhere; the days are counting down to the big spring planting, and there is still much work to be done.
While walking around my garden this past weekend, I saw several changes caused by the warmer weather and numerous rain showers we’ve been getting.
I have my first fingerling potato seedling.
My arugula has started producing seed pods.
Remember the small onions I harvested last year that I replanted in the fall? Well, because this is their second winter, they’re beginning to bud. (It’s amazing how the bulbs keep track of the seasons, isn’t it?)
The Black Krim tomato cutting that I transplanted into a pot in my kitchen grew to about four feet tall! The top of the plant reached to the underside of the ductwork covering and grew flower buds that are actually opening! I cut the top of the plant and put it into a vase to root it for another plant, then trimmed down the plant in the pot to about 15 inches tall – so it will grow bushier. When the flowers are fully open, I’m going to hand pollinate them to see if I can get some tomatoes started.
This week, my Garden Wilson brought me a second birdbath. He found this one on the side of the road and thought it would be perfect for my new shade garden. I heartily agree! The cracks and the moss growing on the sides add just the right amount of character for a shade garden. Now I just have to rearrange my planting plan to accommodate it as a focal point.
In the grow room, my Butterbush squash and Golden Midget watermelons are no longer the only seedlings flowering. My noir de carmes melon and Wilson Sweet (red) watermelon seedlings are also flowering.
IN THE GARDEN:
The warmer weather has caused my fall planting of lettuce to start bolting. (In the picture, you can also see the pile of mulch bags, waiting to be applied.)
This head of lettuce looks like a Christmas tree!
The warmer weather and rain showers have also brought out the fire ants in full force. The huge hill in my lettuce bed actually grew over the top of the bed and into the hoop tunnel plastic. I moved the plastic to better get to the ant hill to administer the organic pesticide when I saw this. ARRGHHH! I applied TWO gallons of the concoction on these nasty buggers.
Of all the chard I planted last year, two plants have come back. The funny thing is, these two were the ones that didn’t do well throughout the summer last year. Silly, plants.
A quintessential sign of spring in the Charleston area is the yellow pollen on everyone’s cars. The culprit? Pine trees!
I harvested my first two asparagus spears on Saturday morning. They’re thin, but I see several thick spears poking through the ground. Let the harvest begin!
IN THE KITCHEN:
I took those asparagus spears and put them in my scrambled eggs. A few pieces of sharp cheddar cheese, local strawberries, red seedless grapes, a piece of toast with the last of my fig preserves, and a cup of Organo Gold coffee, and breakfast was served! The only problem was I wished I had more asparagus. 🙂
What’s happening on your homestead this first week of spring?