Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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Struggling with patience

The weather forecast is like the proverbial carrot dangling in front of me. Promises of slowly increasing night time lows. I know it won't be much longer until we are in full swing The greenhouse is full of plants and I'm ready for the first round of spring plantings. Patience is not one of my strong suits and it is really being tested this year. Hopefully, this is the last night with temperatures below 40.
I worked out in the greenhouse and garden all day. The weather was absolutely perfect! I planted 2 beds of potatoes and one of onions. I also put out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts and celery. Tomorrow, I'll be planting seeds of radishes, a number of lettuces, mustard, beets, green onions and carrots. I'm sure there are a few more that I can't think of at the moment.
I planted 250 Asparagus seeds in seed trays a full month ago. After not seeing any sprouts, I started another 150 seeds a few days ago. While I was watering yesterday, I noticed a dozen or so tiny Asparagus seedlings. The sweet potatoes I set up in jars of water a month ago, were also just sitting there. Almost defiantly, refusing to grow vines. So, I set up three more sweet potatoes, this time in a sand bed. I'm sure you can see where this is going. Yes, tiny little vines are now appearing on the original sweet potatoes! I definitely need to work on my patience.
I'm adding a huge new flowerbed across the south side of our home. The location and size is mostly to make mowing much easier, so that we don't have to use the weed eater to get where the mower wouldn't reach. The plastic garden edging has been put in place. I planted 5 more roses along the outer edge, in line with the 3 in front of the deck. We planted 4 Buddleia Butterfly Bushes a few weeks ago. These smell just like Lilacs!  Depending on how much shade I think there will be, I may under plant the bushes with a few Hostas. I have lots of flowers from my winter sowing project to fill in any and all gaps in all of the beds surrounding the house. I just have to be sure to save room for a garden bench and Samson's little wading pool. 

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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