Thursday, March 25, 2010

70 degrees yesterday - 46 Today!

It's spring! In the Northwest! Changeable weather is a certainty but the work goes on.
Planted strawberries Monday. Re-potted Sweet Italian Basil and Lemon Basil yesterday.( they had outgrown their egg cartons) Started White Swan Echinecea, Cilantro and Cinnamon Basil. Couldn't stand it any longer so put the Nasturtiums in their pot by the front door yesterday. They look alright this morning in spite of the rain and wind.
 We need to get the garden arch in place between the raised beds. I hope the blueberries will do well in spite of the probability of Asian fruit fly. I'll surround them with marigolds and other herbs and try the yeast and sugar water traps as recommended.

Though we have given several plants away the laundry room nursery is pretty crowded.

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes and Banana Pepper

Peppers, Roma Tomatoes, White Sage, Lavender (still looks like a weed), Nasturtiums (banished to the outdoors)

Nasturtiums and a rescued pansy in the pot. Strawberries and thyme below.

I think the blueberries look nice in their pots.

                                                                        Raised beds, blueberries. Work in process.
Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

False Spring

Though snow is predicted for Monday - with thunder!!! - we are still working toward spring. It's supposed to reach 60 degrees today!!
The baby plants in the laundry room are clammering to go out but not a for a month or more. The night time temps need to be 50 degrees or above for things to do well in this part of the NW. That is usually around Mother's Day. I'll have a jungle by then!  Must move more tomatoes and peppers to larger pots today, thin the lemon basil and start the cinnamon basil. Yum!

The front garden is in process. 
The raised beds are looking great. Have an arch to place between them. The small blobs in front are blueberry bushes which need to be in larger pots! Tomorrow I hope.

This is an interesting book.