Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beaten and blue

The gale force winds here at the coast last weekend gave my hot pepper, tomato, and basil plants a real beating. They look weak and pitiful. New leaves are coming out though, and they will be fine before long.

The biggest news in the garden is how well the blueberry plants are responding to the long, cold winter. Each of the three plants (and three varieties) is bursting with berries! Funny how weather that really knocks one fruit back (I lost all of my early figs to the last late freeze) seems to give another a boost.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The potatoes know

This is what I found when I reached into my potato bin for the end of last year's crop. The spuds weren't ready to be dinner, they knew it was spring and were hoping instead to be planted for a new crop! Sorry potatoes, too late now and I am saving the space for other crops this year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Catch them, quickly!

I know I just posted, but this is time sensitive. If you have not yet cleaned up your winter damaged ferns, run! Do it now!

Here you see a before and after photo. Had I waited one more day, all of these new shoots would have been open and mixed in with the old, damaged leaves. It would have taken 10 times more time and effort to prune around them. So get out there, catch them before they get ahead of you!

Springing up

The tiny species tulip bulbs I planted a few years back continue to naturalize and multiply. Aren't they beautiful? Traditional hybrid tulips won't make it past a year or two here.

On the edible front: snap peas are up! It is a pretty spotty stand, however, so I will push some extra seeds down into the empty spots. Since it finally may be getting warm they might catch up.