I won't have much of a garden this year. I planted all my seedlings out and they all died. I was so anxious to get my garden planted that I didn't take the time to harden them off before planting. What I should have done is set them out in the sun for a few hours a day for about a week. They all got sunburned and what had actually survived got killed by a frost I didn't know we had...,
I did plant out the rest of the seeds. I believe I can see some carrots starting. Something is better than nothing I guess.
My my gardens are so full of weeds it's not funny. I'm not sure how to correct the problem. It seems like endless pulling.
I also have have a few flowers coming up, the hollyhocks are receiving from last year and I should see flowers on them this year. The pansies are thriving and the lavender is growing new shoots. Also hoping to see flowers on them this year.
I have very few blossoms on the young Apple tree. Which is better than last year, but still looks pretty sad. The old trees are covered. I haven't even thought about checking the raspberry plant. I really should do that.
Dear husband has been clearing out from underneath the old apple trees, so I can try trimming it up next spring. I am also planning to cut down the quince bush so next year it will regrow. Quince only grow on new wood.
We've officially started the chicken coop. We've got a couple walls frames up, but couldn't do much else until we had a floor. The DOT finally lifted the spring weight restrictions and we had some rough fill delivered. I picked up all the lumber to do the floor. Hopefully progress will be quick.
Ive also decided it was time to put the plants out. They were taking over my table. According to the Farmers Almanac, I should have waiting until this weekend. Oh well.
Update: Finally getting somewhere with this chicken coop! I'm hoping in about a week I should have my chickens home with me.
Here we are. Still need to add the roost and droppings board on the inside, stain the front, and build the run. At the top, you can see that's it's open. It was supposed to have plywood on it, but as I sat inside painting, I looked up and loves what I saw. The sky. The tree. Sunlight. Felt fresh air. So now we are going to attach hardware cloth to it, and put some lexan over it on hinges so it can be opened in the summer and closed in the winter, but I'll still have the extra light. I'm so excited to get my babies home!
Some of my plants are growing beautifully. Some of them have died. Some never grew at all. I've got a few nice black tomatoe plants. Dahlias are doing well. Some nice coleus. And the cucumbers. Oh, my! I've got one cherry tomato plant left. The peppers are doing fine. I had one echinacea come up, and then it died. One poppy started to come up, then that also does. Ganzias didn't come up at all. Pretty disappointed. Some of those seeds were expensive. My friends aren't having any better luck with theirs. But here's what I got so far!
So, after a long day, I finally got to start a few seeds. I picked 4 that I felt needed to be started now. I will start more in a week or so.
I started with some pellets. Added the water and waited for them to expand. I also took notes. I wrote which ones I started and what day. I'm also keeping the seed packets and writing the dates on them. Then I will know when it is okay to plant them out.
Feb. 28: So here we are on week one. And we have seedlings! The dahlias and the black tomatoes are up, and it seems like the peppers should be up any day now. So today I planted a few more seeds. Just flowers. Next week will be cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.