Our Gardening season begins!!!

We have had a warm spell for a couple of weeks now. We have been snow free since Easter. It is the time of year to change our winter tires to summer tires. The glorious long-awaited sunshine automatically draws one outside. Living in the far north and having dark winters our bodies physically craving the vitamin D that the sunshine provides.You can see it in many people running outside under dressing for the weather. This is the flu season.

My doctor just called informing me my vitamin D levels are really low…. She wanted me outside in the sunshine.I really can say the sunshine is just what the doctor ordered. The leaves on trees are budding and now starting to bloom. We saw 18 deer in two pastures grazing today. You can actually see the green haze on the tree tops.The flowers blooming are just calling to us to get out in our garden.

We are still feeding the birds this time of year. We have had a flock of larger birds move into the farm. One of them literally flew off with one of our bird feeders filled with sunflower seeds. This is the second time they did it. Our neighbor found it behind his barn the first time. This last time we have not been able to find it again. Oh well!

We are taking it slow this season. We did not sow any seeds in our house this year. Instead we are just starting to sow seeds in containers in the poly tunnel. This is a new experiment to see how well it works. I personally will like this better, because everything is outside in the poly tunnel. There is no mess and no fuss in our house. We are using no electricity to heat or light the poly tunnel. We are going to put a large plastic container with water inside with a lid to seal it shut. The barrel will absorb the heat from the sun during the day and act as a heater in the chilly nights. Considering we had light frost this morning and hail this afternoon I think we will be right on schedule. Days like today I do a little spring cleaning inside.

We decided to start with moving the strawberry patch and working on the poly tunnel. Hubby has made raised beds in the Poly-tunnel and adding a lot of potting soil. one of our neighbors walked by curious about what hubby was up to now. Hubby was wanting to buy stepping-stones that were 50 cm x 50 cm. Our neighbor said I have some behind my barn just take what you need. These stone are 30 cm x 30 cm which are a little smaller than we wanted. We are not complaining, because they were a gift. This is how I pictured it would look in my mind, when we ordered it last year. He did a great job.

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While he was busy with the raised beds, I started transplanting our strawberry plants. I transferred 25 of them the first day. I had to have a couple of days recuperation and then we went back out to finish the job. Hubby and I finished the job together and then he put the plastic cover back on our Poly tunnel. Our growing season has officially begun for this year. Hubby took the board from this bed to make the raised beds for the poly-tunnel.We made it into another rock bordered bed. I just need to get some straw around the plants later in the season.We have 50 strawberry plants in this bed.

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I transplanted some of the garlic from last year. They were popping up  in the big rock garden. Then I planted part of  last years garlic crop. I plan to plant 2 heads of lettuce and 2 swiss chard plants in the middle. The onions on the other half. I think it will look nice.You can see the Poly-tunnel in the background with its cover back on.

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Posted on April 29, 2015, in Gardening. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good to see you have been getting into the garden, Honey – for all its benefits 🙂

    The garden might protect the other veg.

  2. I just love your garden, I always have. I love the setting, the way it is so surrounded by wildlife and nature. And your house looks so homely and welcoming with its warm red colour. And all the beds for your veg have been created by yourselves I think there is something of the pioneer in you Honey!
    We too had the warm weather in England. It was like Summer. Now it is cold and I am making stew for lunch. Sometimes, I don’t know how we manage to grow anything at all- gardening is always a challenge!
    Have a good weekend.
    Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      Stew sound delicious. It is just too bad that you don’t live nearer where I could stop by for a chat and chew. We had a cold night and very cold this morning, when we ran in for the photo festival.
      The sun has come out and it is goregous outisde right now. Coco is barking at me and jumping up and down demanding my attention. I have not worked in the garden since we planted the corn. I needed to recupperate.

      Thank you for the wonderful praise on our garden. I had to laugh when you said I must be something of a pioneer. Maybe in a past life who knows? The pioneers always facinated me. That was the look we were going for in our garden. We wanted it to reflect the time period of the house. No one has ever picked up on that before.
      Honey

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