Sunday, April 19, 2015
Cover those seedlings, or else!
I ran out to take a few pictures and check on the Vegetable Garden Cathedral when it was sprinkling just a little bit. A lull between rain clouds.
I passed by the lovely 'Lady Jane' tulips, all closed up, doing their best to protect their pollen until a sunny day.
Which will hopefully be tomorrow.
Out in the vegetable garden, the lettuce, radish, and spinach seeds I sowed just a week ago are all coming up.
The apple tree is blooming. I will find out in the weeks ahead if there is another apple tree nearby to cross pollinate it. If not, I must decide if I'll try to find another fireblight resistant apple tree to plant somewhere else around the garden. Well, "must" is a strong word. I could just leave the tree for decoration. Or I could remove it. Whatever. I'm not ready to decide. I need more data!
Not shown in the picture are the blueberries I transplanted to the veg garden last weekend. They are all leafing out and by golly, I think they are going to make it.
I am also pleased to see foliage coming out on the pawpaw and quince trees I planted this spring. In case I hadn't mentioned it, I'm excited to have these new additions in the garden. I'll be eating good some fall day in the next few years... pawpaws and quinces. Yes, and maybe some apples, too.
This coming week, I am going to spend some time weeding in the garden. I promised myself I wouldn't let weeds get big this year. Maybe I should enter into a contract with myself, in case my word to myself isn't good enough, or my resolve weakens?
The contract would go something like this.
Whereas, you have planted a vegetable garden,
Wherefore, it is known that vegetables grow better and gardens look better without weeds,
Wherefore, it is also known and understand that weeds do not go away on their own,
Wherefore, it is also known and understand that weeds are easier to remove when they are small,
Therefore, you agree to regularly spend time in your vegetable garden removing said weeds when they are small.
Oh, yes, I'm sure this contract will help.
Feel free to print and sign for yourself, if you think it will help you remember to weed, or you just like the idea of being contractually obligated to your garden.
We'll see how it goes in the weeks ahead.