To Begin Again

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.

mushrooms in sand

mushrooms pop out of the sand

thyme

Thyme borders the vegetable garden.

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

Zinnia seedlings begin to emerge.

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.

horeseradish

Leaves begin to grow on the horseradish root.

Pink lady apple

My pink lady apple looks like it’s setting fruit.

 

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.

The great gopher hunter keeps watch over the veggie plot.

 

 

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3 comments for “To Begin Again

  1. george zarett
    at 10:13 pm

    i tried contacting you thru “CONTACT” but after i hit submit a message comes back the domain is invalid. I truly don’t completely understand what it is trying to tell me. Anyway, I purchased an ant plant in a Bend, OR. shop. It is now out of business. Can I purchase 2/3 from you?

    • Kat
      at 1:32 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about the contact form. I’ll have to see what’s going on there. As for the ant plant, no, I don’t sell them. I have seen them on Ebay from time to time, however.

  2. at 6:07 am

    Pure sand sux… you’re gonna miss that clay!
    Rather than try to cook the seeds in the compost… you might consider my methodology.
    Sand needs organic material…. bad.
    Heating the compost means far less organic material than a cold pile…
    I cold pile in areas where the sand is the worst… Eventually, I level the pile. I leave the material several inches deep… this means that the only seeds that come up are those in the top layer.

    The next pile is placed near where the first pile ended… The finished material doesn’t reach far.
    I pick and choose which weeds I allow to set seed… I like weeds that produce lots of organic material, and set seed late in the year… The red root pigweed, pokeweed, magenta spreens are some great nutrient accumulators…
    Mulberry weed, chamberbitter… not so much.

    A new garden is tough going… especially when we were pushed out of the old one…

    We want to see some pictures of what you are starting with…

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