Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/11/15

Tropical Storm Ana formed off the coast of South Carolina this week and definitely affected our weather. My homestead is about 25-30 miles from the beach, so we didn’t didn’t get as much rain as other areas and it wasn’t as heavy. Steady, soaking rain is good! It’s been fairly breezy off and on for the past three days, too – ebbing and flowing with the storm bands. And now, the humidity is setting in. Ugh. Thanks, Ana. Fortunately, the garden is doing well, as you shall see. This week’s garden photos!

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Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/13/15

It’s been a full week of hard work here on the homestead. I took the week off from my job to work in the garden, and it’s taken the full week to accomplish! With the warm weather, a plethora of weeds started to take over my garden – inside the raised beds as well as around them. I spent the week harvesting the last of my winter crops (and processing much of it), weeding (filling ten four-foot lawn and leaf bags), prepping the soil (adding Azomite rock dust and compost), top-dressing the cypress bark mulch around the beds, and actually planting my spring crops (both seeds and seedling transplants). But, it’s done. Next week, I’ll be sharing “How My Garden Grows” pictures, so you can see how my plants and seedlings are doing. Here’s what’s happening already in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 3/23/15

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. This week’s garden photos!