Gardening 101 Week 6

 

Happy Earth Week! Earth Day is actually on Tuesday April 22nd, so go and plant something this week and make the world a little more beautiful. Besides a little mud on one’s fingers always feels good.

How did my tree and plants do with the snow and cold? My buckets and crazy covering of my tree worked! My plants all look great and I have a few tulips beginning to bloom and my tree looks amazing! The bees are loving the tree.

My first Tulips
My first Tulips
My Pear Tree!
My Pear Tree!
So Pretty!
So Pretty!

I was busy at the local nursery this week as well. I decided to stop by before taking the little guys to gymnastics. And this is the sight that greeted me-

Rows and Rows
Rows and Rows-I had already pulled the one out, don’t worry they were straight rows

Rows and rows of roses. I love roses. More than just a little bit. Even more than a whole lot. It totally made my day. (Even the fact that one of my little guys had an accident and we had to stop by the house before going to gymnastics for a change of pants didn’t dampen my mood at all.) I restrained myself. I bought a couple of roses for the front yard that we are redoing and some other plants to go in there and in the back. My husband thinks we got the mini van to haul kids and gear around. I personally believe it is so I can load up on flowers on a regular basis. 

I still had plenty of room to add more...
I still had plenty of room to add more…

I actually went back again a few days later. I decided that we are going to put a couple climbing roses in the front and I picked out a couple of roses to go in my rose garden in the back. And don’t worry, I have a 3×5 card filled with names of other roses that I really like and I left that for my husband because Mother’s Day is coming up…..

The Climbing Roses
The Climbing Roses
The other ones I picked out
The other ones I picked out
Some of the other flowers
Some of the other flowers

So enough about flowers (really can there ever be enough?). But lets check in on the plants that will actually nourish us and keep us healthy through the fall and winter. How are your seedlings doing? I finally got my tomatoes moved to bigger pots and I still only have one melon hanging in there. Now is the time to start thinking about what you will need to get your garden ready to plant these guys and the other seeds or plants that you are going to put out there this year. In my case, we need to haul in a little more dirt. We moved in almost 3 years ago and hauled in some topsoil then, but we need a little more to even the garden out, it slants and all the plants at the back of the garden get all the water, and the front ones are thirsty. We also need to start separating out and getting ready to rototill our compost in. And the giant river/canyon that my sons have dug through the middle of the garden needs to be filled in; its provided hours of entertainment (not to mention tons of mud) this winter. Our goal (at least in Colorado) according to my great grandmother is to have our plants in the garden on or around Mother’s Day. So in the weeks to come we’ll talk about getting the soil ready, getting your plants ready to go out side, planning out your garden, walls of water (one of my favorites), and everything else we’ll need.

Broccoli (left) and Tomatoes (right) looking good
Broccoli (left) and Tomatoes (right) looking good

Have a great week and Happy Planting and Happy Earth Week!

 

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