May 16, 2012
Before and After
Planning and planting, and planning and planting! Things are popping up all over. This old-school map of the garden is my choice for tracking what's up, and what's a bust. Sometimes the weather and circumstances dictate a quick and dirty planting of seeds and plants, and we have little or no time to be organized about it. But this year we've had amazingly warm and mild weather, and really perfect planting conditions.
My last post showed our seed potatoes curing on our dining room table. Here's the after photo of happy little potato bushes, which are hopefully producing happy little spuds under the dirt.
These shots show our berries after we protected them with bird netting. For the strawberries, my husband made hoops from flexible PVC piping and then we stretched bird netting over the top. Our blackberries are growing along a wire fence and the bird netting is stretched down both sides with similar hoops to make enough space for the berries to do their thing. We're hopeful that these measures will decrease the number of berries we feed to the birds. We do have feeders out for them and that should be enough!
the last post, with it's little surprise nest inside the canes? Here's it is in full force with a ridiculous number of blooms, and this is only the top section! And, the little surprise has grown...