Playing in the Dirt!

It is that time again, where I get out there and summer-ize the raised garden beds. They have been sitting dormant all winter and they were filled with weeds, pine needles and leaves.

I rack out all the debris on the top and then I start pulling the weeds. After that I hoe and break up the top layer of the dirt.

Then, I add new dirt.

Youngest grand girl was helping too.

We got a few things planted.

They don’t look like much now, but we got some sweet onion sets planted. Don’t tell Company though….he hates onions!

We got all the pots from last summer dumped out and we rinsed them out with the hose so they are ready to fill with dirt.

Oldest grand girl even made some DIY garden labels.

here is another one.

They are so cute they made me laugh!

I planted cherry tomatoes in my upside down planter.

Here is a bottom view.

Gee…I made a bunch of progress, but I still have a couple of more weekends of working on it to get everything planted and get them to look how I want them to look.

This picture is from last year.

I just need it to not rain long enough for me to finish. Then it can rain all it wants ; )

So ready to pick fresh veggies from the garden.

All in all we planted, spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, tomatoes (still have more to plant) sugar snap peas, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and we are not quite done yet. Some of the things are just for a spring garden and then when they are done, I will replant with something else.

We shall see, I did not do a spring garden last year.

But, I wanted to extend my growing and harvesting time from the raised garden beds.

I still am not sure what I am doing!

But….we do love to play in the dirt!

Happy Planting,

Becky

Here is just some random flower goodness!

                   

What’s That Smell

Garlic!

Here is our very first harvest of garlic.

Last Sunday afternoon, Company and I (mostly Company) dug up the garlic. The outer stalks were starting to die, which is the first sign that the garlic is ready to harvest.

I don’t know if you remember that last fall the oldest grandgirl help plant the garlic at the bottom of the strawberry rows.

The local garden shops sell garlic bulbs to plant in the fall. You break apart the bulbs and plant the cloves. You plant the pointy end up. Then you just cover them up with dirt.

We then laid a cover layer of straw over the rows and waited for the little tops to pop up.

And guess??

They did.

Even after the harsh winter we had last year.

Growing garlic is as easy as that!

I now have the garlic in the garage (where it is dark and cool) drying out for a couple of weeks. I will then braid the stalks together and hand them up to store until I am ready to use them.

Bring on the fresh mints!

I will be eating me some garlic.

No more powdered garlic for me, cause (in my humble opinion) fresh is always best.

How is  your gardening going?

Becky

         

Thought you would get a little laugh from these two blooper photos. Company’s sole of his shoes completely fell off after he (er…we) were done digging up the garlic.

Nothing that a little super glue won’t fix….

Or a trip to the shoe store…..

Gardening is FUN!