Monday Record May 4

  • Post published:05/04/2009
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 Last week’s heat wave woke everyone up. There was enough breeze to keep the black flies down, and make it possible to work in the unexpected 80 plus degrees heat.

Straight lines are not my forte
Straight lines are not my forte



I always start working close to the house. The Herb Bed is protected from the winter winds and the soil drains well.  I weeded the entire length and spread around some rotted horse manure I got from a neighbor’s farm. 

Brave lettuce and new spinach
Brave lettuce and new spinach



The Red Fire lettuce starts I planted on March 31 have been nipped and bitten by frost, but they finally look like they will make it to the salad bowl soon.  The Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach seeds are up! 

The  weep is all to the east. What could I do?
The weep is all to the east. What could I do?


I had a young man help me with digging out an extension of the south Lawn Bed. The sods he took out are now piled in the compost pile by The Potager. I fertilized with greensand, rock phosphate, composted chicken house cleanings and rotted horse manure.  I moved Henry Garnet, Virginia sweetspire, which gotten lost under the weeping birch.  It had sent out four new shrubs. I transplanted two, and potted up the other three for local plant sales. I hope they will all survive.  You can also see one of the daffodils I moved in full flower, but not the grape hyacinths. 

A successful move
A successful move



I have moved several clumps of daffodils out of the lawn so that I can mow it better before the Annual Rose Viewing.  Some have gone in the new bed, some around the Miss Willmott white lilac I planted last spring, and some under this old apple at the edge of the lawn. Moving daffs while in full bloom is not ideal, but it is the time I can see them, and the time when I know where I want to move them. Since they are only out of the ground for a few minutes they don’t seem to mind too much. All new transplants get watered well! 

Nameless and early herbaceous peony
Nameless and early herbaceous peony



I finally finished weeding the whole Peony Bed and I have been astonished at the growth of the peonies this week. Most of them were barely peeking through the soil last Monday. But the earliest of them (name lost) already has buds. 

The lilacs are also well budded, but I don’t think they will be quite in bloom by next Monday. 

Started from seed  on April 2
Started from seed on April 2



Of course there is the Vegetable Garden. This 15 x 15 foot area has been cultivated for about 5 years: the soil is wonderful, rich and easy to work.  Fedco Sugar Ann Snap peas, Green Ice lettuce, Detroit Dark Red Beets, Mokum carrots, Fiesta broccoli, Diablo Brussels sprouts, as well as Renee’s Garden Neon Glow Chard, French Breakfast radishes, Jewel Toned beets, Catalina spinach flowering sweet peas, and Walla Walla onion sets from the garden center are all planted.  The Brussels sprouts and broccoli that I started from seed just went in with little transplant shock.  

Sweet peas will cover White Trellis
Sweet peas will cover White Trellis



Now that my hip has been replaced and 4 years have gone by, the garden needed enlarging, hence last year’s 10 x 10 foot extension, which has been extended again and is now known as The Potager, about 10 x 22.  More lasagna gardening.  It is laid out with what I hope are adequate paths.  I applaud the Town of Heath for making available a pile of free and public wood chips.  I moved in some red bee balm, and planted more of Renee’s sweet peas on the White Trellis, parts of a metal crib I pulled out of the metal bin at the Transfer Station.  I like white things like milk bottles and lawn chairs around the garden because white things are supposed to keep the deer away. This theory will get a good test since this part of the garden is not fenced. 




The rhubarb in near, but not in, the vegetable garden. Harvest season is not far away.

There are blooms everywhere - even the woods.
There are blooms everywhere - even the woods.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Darla

    It all looks great, a lot of work this time of the year!

  2. Emily

    New site looks great! Very professional.

  3. admin

    Darla, The work is just a joy at this time of the year. Glad you found my new location.
    Emily – Thanks for checking the new site.

  4. Frances

    Hi Pat, it all looks wonderful. I envy the size of your potager too. It seems strange to me to see daffodils at the same time as peony buds. I do move my daffs during full bloom too, the only way I can tell what is what. Sometimes they pout but the next year are always great. The wood chips from the town are excellent, as is all the manures and amendments. I can only imagine how good your soil is. That is pretty darn exciting to a gardener, as you know. 🙂

  5. Shady Gardener

    I’ve enjoyed your latest couple of posts (that’s all I’ve had time to read tonight). Thank you for documenting the great tour and all the activities. You have a lot going on over there… sometimes it feels as though there’s not enough time to do everything you’d like. And yet, its the activity of gardening that teaches one patience. (There will always be time… maybe just a little later!) 😉 Happy Spring!

  6. admin

    Frances – When I see all the bloom in your garden I can hardly believe it. It seems silly but at this time of the year when there is so much to enjoy in the garden, I move those daffs, and can’t help thinking – Just wait till next year!
    Shady – There rarely seems like enough time – and I’ve got roses to plant today. Each year I learn a little little more patience.

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