Different work hours this week gave me the chance to do some gardening most afternoons. I just didn't have time for blogging until now.
Monday, we had rain which is fine. I'll take all I can get.
Tuesday, was gorgeous! I captured these pretty sights.
Purple tulips in full bloom.
Lamium. This grows under the junipers in The Forest near the rain barrels.
On Tuesday, I also opened one of the winter sown containers and transplanted some of the mystery flowers. I planted them with the wildflowers in the alley. I have a gap where the phone company had to dig when they replaced our line last fall. The transplants seem to be doing well. I think I'll divide the other containers and get them settled in the ground soon too.
Otherwise, on Tuesday I did a lot of weeding.
Wednesday, was cloudy and cooler. In fact, it often looked like it could rain, but didn't. I spent most of my garden time mixing potting soil. I don't have a magic formula with three parts of this, two parts of that and 1 part of another. I simply started mixing in the wheel barrel until it looked good. I used some commercial potting soil with some good garden soil and some of the compost we acquired.
I placed my large containers around the garden. Each got the soil mix, some moisture crystals (that's the gel stuff that is suppose to help hold water for your plants.) and some slow release fertilizer. Then, more soil to cover the crystals and the fertilizer.
I use upside down pots in some of the large containers so I don't need as much soil to fill them.
Looking good with the containers filled on the patio. I don't empty all of the soil from the large galvanized containers on the patio each year, but I do add compost and stir up the soil adding the crystals and fertilizer.
I even set up the water container with the fountain. No plants, snails or fish yet.
When I filled the hanging baskets, I put some newspaper in the bottom to help hold the water a little while and give the plants a chance to soak it up. With our wind, it is impossible to over water a hanging basket.
It will be so nice to get bedding plants and just plant them! The containers are ready.
Thursday was another beautiful day. Warm and sunny. I turned on the fountain and enjoyed its tranquil sound while planting seeds. Vegetable seeds and flower seeds. I also transplanted another winter sown container to the alley. The roots on those winter sown plants are so healthy.
We're harvesting so much lettuce right now, I'm sharing it with friends. However, I missed some succession plantings of radishes because I just pulled the last ones and don't see any that will be ready again for awhile. Another reason I planted more vegetable seeds.
I also constructed a little teepee trellis of bamboo for some red cardinal vine seeds I'm planning to plant.
Friday is suppose to be a bit windy and we have other activities going into the weekend that will likely keep me from the garden.
Have a great weekend. I'll see you back here on Sherlock Street next week some time.
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