I haven’t been posting much this spring because earlier this year I moved. So did my garden. New house, new dirt, new advantages and difficulties. Change can be a little disorienting, especially in the garden. The moving process itself took up a good deal of my early spring garden prep time and I’m just getting around to starting some seeds. Luckily it’s a long season and I still have time. So here is a little update on where things stand.
A garden plot has been established. I’ve weeded and amended the soil. Before I was dealing with clay, now I have pure sand. On the plus side, weeds pull up super easy. On the down side, it doesn’t hold water for long and the nutrient level is low. I will be breaking a rule and will be composting the weeds. Why? I need the amendment. I plan on giving the piles a good year and will try to get them good and hot. Yes, there will be weeds next year, but there will be weeds anyway. The house was vacant for 2 years and things are a bit out of control weed-wise. But I’ll be here to pull early. The vegetable garden will also get a good layer of straw as soon as the soil gets a better warmer.
Zinnia seeds are popping up. After two years of focusing on just edibles, I decided I needed some flowers this year.
Some transplants are leafing out and settling into their new home. My apple tree looks like it will indeed put forth some apples this year. I’m happy to even see it leaf out since it had to spend more than a few days laying on it’s side, roots covered in soil while a place for it was established. I hand pollinated the blossoms because I wasn’t seeing any bees at around where it’s planted. As soon as I find my borage seeds, I’ll get those established so that next year, the bees will know exactly where to go.
No matter where you garden, it’s always something. In the last place, I battled snails. Here they aren’t so much a problem. But earwigs? Oh lord are they prolific. To get things growing to where they have at least a fighting chance, I’m using diatomaceous earth
around all the seedlings. Earwigs, snails and slugs will not cross it. It has to be reapplied for a while, but normally only until the plants get a little bit bigger and their stems get a bit tougher.
Another prolific pest is the gopher. Luckily I have my trusty gopher hunter. Although as he tunnels into the ground in search of prey he can do more damage than the gopher himself, he still lets me know where they are.