Ah, yes – gardening!

Three blackberry and one black raspberry plant went into the ground in
their respective places this weekend.  I’ve now got the edge of
the old farming road that runs through the back yard lined with
berry-producing plants.  None of them will make this year – I have
to pinch off buds as they appear to keep the canes growing – but next
year it’s gonna be pie-tastic.  If things go well, I might have to
learn how to make jelly.  Aw yeah.

I’m still debating where to put the blueberries, so I haven’t even ordered them yet.

Vegetables and flowers and herbs, though?  Oh, I’m gonna have ’em
in spades.  My explorations in the yard have turned up that the
soil has basically allowed to lie fallow for the entire time the house
has been there.  That’s nearly 25 years of just sitting there with
rotting leaves on top of it, turning it into something blacker and more
beautiful than any of the dirt I ever saw in Horse Shoe.  It’s
crazy.  It’s so crazy I nearly abandoned the idea of lasagna
gardening since my soil appears to be so good, but the advantages of
raised beds and the ease of their preparation keeps me going.  I
need to pick up something to border the garden proper and get cracking
on that, though, as I think I’ll find it infinitely more pleasant to
build them if I just do a little at a time for a few weekends in a
row.  Otherwise I’m gonna have one very, very long day of loading
up the Jeep with bags of stuff for the bed and lugging it across my
property.

I’ve already cranked up the starter trays for some things – peppers
(bell, jalapen~o and carribean red hot), tomatoes, basil, dill, a few
flowers, okra and catnip.  The catnip has already sprouted – I’m
going to be thinning it by the weekend.  Once the three trays I
have going now are done, I’ll probably crank in a few other flower
varieties in their place as plants go into the garden ~6 weeks from
now, then fill out the rest of the bed beside the back deck with
flowers & herbs.  Catnip is a natural mosquito repellant, and
basil smells good anywhere & everwhere (and is a great companion
plant for tomatoes).   If all goes well, by the beginning of
May I’ll have a vegetable garden with big, strong plants already
growing (including squash & zucchini that won’t get killed by heavy
mid-summer rains), blackberries & raspberries I’m soft-pruning, a
hydrangea back in production, two or three blueberry varieties planted
on the upper side of the old farm road, a hosta twice the size it was
when it died off in December and a flower bed beside the deck filled
with herbs & a variety of blooms.

Jesus but I am a queen. (more…)