Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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The excitement is mounting!

I know, I know....I said I wouldn't be posting for a few days, but I couldn't help it. I couldn't contain myself and I just had to share the news....

It was absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l today! I weeded the big flower bed around the house and cut back the dead flower stocks on the Hostas. We always leave them over the winter, because our feathered friends really enjoy perching on them. I also weeded around the goldfish pond, but had to take a couple of breaks to just sit and watch them. They sure are getting big! When our daughter was here this past summer with her family, the girls loved to sit on the side of pond splashing their feet in the water. One of the simple joys of country living. Al hand-dug the pond for me two years ago and we managed to fashion a waterfall. It's nothing spectacular, but we really enjoy it when we sit outside in the evenings.

But that isn't the exciting news. Drum roll, please....Our neighbor came early to plow the new garden! What a wonderful surprise to hear him come up the driveway. That may not sound all that exciting, but it means we don't have to do the whole garden with a little tiller and his tractor does a much better job than we could have done. We weren't expecting him until tomorrow, Rain was forecast for tonight, followed by several days of predicted rain, so I was prepared to have to wait another couple of weeks. He'll be back in a week and half to go over it again, then we can start preparing the rows for planting! Sure was glad to hear that he thought our soil looked really good. I'll take a soil sample in for testing this week, to see whether or not we need to add anything.

We've been moving the four 2' high cherry tomatoes out on the front deck for a little sun each day. I wouldn't be the least surprised to see blossoms in a few more weeks. Excited yes, but not surprised. Sure will be nice to have some home-grown tomatoes, even if they are cherry tomatoes.

Seedlings are all still doing well and I've been starting a few more trays of seeds. Won't be much longer until we move them all out to the greenhouse. We're waiting for the night time temperatures to stay at 40 degrees or higher for the most part, so that we don't have to run a heater in there too often.

I was going over our seed list earlier and had to laugh. Up to a year ago, I just picked our seeds up from the local box store. Nothing fancy, just the basics. That wasn't really so bad, though, as anything home-grown is far better tasting than store-bought. After we decided to start our CSA, I ordered a few catalogs. We have literally spent hours trying to decide what to order, focusing on heirlooms and open-pollinated vegetables. We think you will be happy with our choices. We're going to have a great season!


Last of the seeding trays

Yes, spring is almost here! I saw my first Robin of the year yesterday. The sun is shining, The temperatures are close to the normal average. New growth is peeking out from under the dead foliage of last year's flowers. Won't be much longer...
The Early Golden Ace Cabbage, Snowball Cauliflower and Catskill Brussels Sprout seedlings are doing well. The Bright Lights Swiss Chard is beautiful, even at this tiny stage, with the red and yellow stems. The American Flag Leek seedlings look a little wimpy. I haven't grown them before, so I don't know if this is normal or not. I'll be starting another two trays of 72 today anyway, so I'm not too worried if the first tray doesn't do well. Leeks take 150 days to mature, which is why I'm starting them so early. The first tray of Broccoli still hasn't germinated after a month. It usually takes 1 1/2 to 3 weeks, but the temperature may not have been just right or it might have been a pack of old seed. Obviously, my checking on them once an hour didn't help either. I'll be starting another tray this week.
The first few years we owned our place, we concentrated on establishing bushes and trees, both ornamental and fruiting. We started with a hayfield and have been slowly "landscaping" it. We spent two summers building the soil in the gardens and putting in the Asparagus and Strawberries, plus Gladiolas, Peonies, Roses, Daisies and Hostas.
This year I'm adding lots of flowers. I'll soon be starting seed trays of Baby's Breath, Bachelor Buttons, Coleus, Phlox, Asters, Larkspur, Forget-Me-Nots, Dianthus, Sweet William, Cleome, Sweet Pea, Balsam, Pansy, Holly Hocks, Cosmos, Morning Glory, Zinnias and Sunflowers. Next year we may be able to offer bedding plants to our members.
I made a lot of entries this last few days, but I think this one brings everyone up to speed, as to what we are doing in preparation for the CSA, and how things are progressing. From now on, I'll probably add new entries just once or twice a week. Once things start greening up outside, I'll post a few pictures. There just isn't anything of interest to share at this time.
We still have a couple of memberships available, so if you know of someone who would want to join us, please pass our info along.

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