I mentioned I hate spring, right?
And of course this was on my way to work after it had warmed up several degrees. Freezing temperatures two nights in a row after a weekend in the 80s.
We covered the plants and hoped for the best.
My husband was gracious enough to traipse through the mud to uncover the plants each morning. I, and my heels, thank him. Yesterday they were looking sad, with a couple of frozen leaves, even after being covered.
I haven’t had a chance to look at them yet today. My husband’s report was that they looked wilted, but not frozen.
The situation reminds me of our Easter weekend wedding when a sudden deep freeze plunged temperatures to around 40 degrees in Chattanooga (seriously!). Pictures can be deceiving.
Considering my friends and family in North Dakota are dealing with several inches of snow, I guess I shouldn’t complain. I guess.
After 83 cement blocks…
2 tons of soil…
and 1 broken wheelbarrow…
we finally have a respectable vegetable garden. We planted seeds for peas, beans, eggplant, edamame, carrots and lettuce. At my trusty sidekicks’s request, we also included some strawberry plants.
I then started some shallots and transplanted my tomato and chile pepper plants.
The planting, fertilizing, mulching, shoveling and weeding all paid off. My cutting garden exploded in yellow as the daffodils put on a brilliant show. Every afternoon my spirits lift when I round the corner onto our street and catch sight of this:
As the daffodils begin to fade, my lilies are on the way up. I have a combination of lily plants. There is an assorted Asiatic blend that I planted in the fall. I also have a second group of Asiatic lilies that I moved from my garden in Virginia and transplanted in North Carolina. The original location I chose for planting did not provide enough sun, so I dug them up again and moved the bulbs to what is now my cutting garden. I did this during the growing season last year, so they didn’t bloom. I am relieved to see them coming up healthy and strong now!
In addition to the Asiatic lilies, there are several day lily plants that were part of the landscaping when we purchased the home and fit beautifully into my master plan for the garden. I added several purple cone flower plants last year that are starting to show new growth as well.
My peony tubers are also coming up. This one even has a small bud!
That said, I’m not expecting many blooms. Since I planted tubers and not mature plants, it will likely take three years for the peonies to be established enough to really begin producing. But my opinion is that in the long run they will be healthier, more beautiful plants.
Over the weekend I added another small expansion to the garden by planting five white phlox plants behind the 100-year-old (at least) tree that anchors the front landscaping. I also put down 10 more bags of mulch.
My plan is to conquer small sections at a time, with the eventual goal of creating a sitting area as well. I’m taking baby steps in hopes that next year the space will be close to what I envision.
I now understand why it’s not recommended that you start green beans indoors – they grow fast.
Since they were almost to the point of needing a support system, it was time to transplant. They had developed impressive roots…
We used two large pots, with three plants per pot. My trusty side kick helped me collect sticks to create a makeshift trellis.
All was well.
We adopted this sweet (but very curious) guy from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue (quick plug – AWESOME organization!). The beans did not fair so well.
But, we now have an fantastic new family member, and plenty more seeds to start plants in the actual garden.