Wednesday-April 10, 2013–I spent 2 hours in the morning pulling old plants and weeds from the garden planting boxes. I raked up all the leaves and in general I got the garden cleaned up and ready to plant.
Thursday–April 11, 2013–I spent about an hour and a half pulling up more weeds and sketching a diagram of the garden and planning what will be planted where.
Friday–April 12, 2013–In between rain showers, we spent at least 2 hours planting seeds and plants. We still have more to plant, but the bulk of it is done. We need to plant some herbs in the mini garden by the deck and plant some flowers and some more herbs in the flower pots. Just as we finished putting the tools away and declared ourselves done for the day and went indoors, a nice soaking rain came along. So, at least we know our seeds got a good drink.
I love gardening. It’s a lot of work, but it’s the good kind of work that makes you feel good. And of course the rewards of fresh herbs and veggies all summer makes the work worth it. Last summer Bob built some beautiful planting boxes. They are great. Our garden grows much better in the boxes than when we used to plant the seeds straight into the clay soil. He filled them with good dirt and our plants thrived and did so well in the boxes. He also put a 6 foot fence around the garden to keep the deer out. I love the deer–except when they were coming into our garden and enjoying the “all you can eat” salad bar. We can’t keep the squirrels and birds out, but at least they leave us more veggies and herbs than the deer would leave us.
When we were pulling up the weeds this year, we also dug up a lot of acorns that the squirrels had planted for themselves.