Over the winter, Brian and Mason built more raised beds for our garden. We have 13 now. We also ordered and received another truckload of Black Gold dirt from a local company. Brian and Mason also extended our irrigation system to reach all of the new stuff.
In the fall, Brian tilled all of the remaining plants into the soil, and added more nutrients. The beds then wintered over and, as soon as things warmed up, the weeds emerged. Brian tilled those into the soil before we started planting seedlings, and direct-sowing seeds.
Our fig trees died (it was a hard winter) so we replaced those with two apple trees and two pawpaw trees. Our peach and pecan trees are looking really good from last year (they are small, and not yet producing). The grapevines aren’t looking great so Brian planted a different variety.
There are several varieties of lettuce growing in pots in the greenhouse. Those will stay there throughout the season. The yellow, zucchini, and butternut squash seedlings are still in the greenhouse but everything else is in dirt now. That includes onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, beets, turnips, corn, peas, bush beans, pole beans, several varieties of peas, and garlic. I know I’m forgetting a few things.
Mason planted red and fingerling potatoes over a month ago. The red potato plants are already huge!!
The strawberries came up from last year and they are looking great!! We also added more raspberry bushes this year. The blackberry and blueberry bushes are looking awesome, too! We’re hoping for a bumper crop of everything this year.
Some things won’t get planted until late summer, like the Okra, which loves very hot weather.
The best part is our grandson, Jack, and our granddaughter, Mackenzie, were both here last weekend to help with some of the planting.
Oh yeah! We bought one avocado tree last year and put it in a pot so we could keep it in the basement during the winter. Well, two months ago it started flowering. On days when it was above freezing, we put it in the sunshine on the driveway. I didn’t think anything would fertilize them but, I’ll be darned, we have eight tiny avocados growing on that tree right now! It’s only six feet tall. I’m not sure how it’s going to hold those yummy things without breaking its thin branches.
We are looking forward to another summer of gardening fun!! 🙂
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