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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Signs of Spring

Finally, some signs of Spring in the garden. The iris pictured above is the first of many planted last December. The Hellebores have been out for a while, they started in late January.

The soil blocks made a few weeks ago have been successful so far!

The first tray above has tomato seedlings on the left and squash on the right, the tray below is several types of lettuce.
The lettuce will go into this bed, the first one made last year. It is covered with "floating row cover." I wish I started using it sooner, it is great for keeping bad bugs away, and shields tender cool season veggies from the sun. 
Inside is kale, carrots, chinese broccoli, and lettuce, we have made several meals already, giving us some hope in the gardening department.
Here is the new bed that Erik made last month. It is planted with strawberries, and will also have tomatoes. We are trying out the red plastic mulch. It supposedly causes toms and strawberries to produce higher yields of fruit. It is nice to not have sow bugs in the strawberries, last year they ate all the fruit.
 Clematis starting to vine out, there are three types in this spot, they make great cut flowers.
The roses are all leafed out, and many have flower buds all over them. Just pruned in January, they have been working overtime to get their first flush going. Can't wait!

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