My Gardens – Where do I start?
That's the question I asked myself when I first started gardening this spring. Where do I start? I have seven flower gardens(not counting along the front of the house) and two vegetable gardens. I couldn't get an early start to the vegetable gardens like I had promised myself last fall because: 1) we got way to much rain this spring and everything was all soggy 2) the belt on the rototiller needed replacing and we had to wait another week and a half for it to come in and 3)I had to wait for a good, dry day to start planting. I finally got the vegetable gardens rototilled, thanks to my grandson, who did most of it. Then came the raking and planting. Such a delay. And of course I started tomatoes inside from seed, 5 varieties, and felt compelled to plant every last one of them in the garden. That is most of them under the mini greenhouses. I must have about 45 tomatoes in the garden. I don't know what I will do with all the tomatoes if they all bear fruit, but I will have more work cut out for me this fall. I will describe how I did the greenhouses later on in this journal. The big garden is about 60 feet long and 45 to 50 feet wide. I left lots of room between the rows to run the rototiller between to help get rid of weeds, once they start to come again. I described in an earlier journal what all I planted so I won't repeat myself. The other vegetable garden is about 15 feet by 20 feet. Only two things planted in that one. As for the flower gardens, the one in front of the garden shed I did first, as it is a small one and easy to do. Next I tackled the back flower bed, of which there are two pictures here. It is the one with all the Egyptian onions growing in it. Don't worry, they won't be there for much longer. I plan to pull them out to make room for the perennials they are choking out. And I see some weeds are creeping back in too. The front garden came next. I just about got it finished today. I have been working on it a little at a time for the past week. The bugs finally drove me indoors. I dug out two big clumps of Centaurea that was taking over one end of the garden. I have new perennials to put in there, and have found good homes for the plants I took out. I really should get back to my gardening book, where I draw maps of the gardens and what is planted where, then I know what they are called, so when the name tags fade, I can look them up easily. It needs a good update. On Sunday afternoon, I did some weeding in the front flower bed and then decided to do the one at the top of the drive. It is all perennials. I couldn't believe how dry it was up there. Even the weeds were dying from lack of water. I must fill up some 5 gallon pails and haul them up there to water. The neighbour came over to chat with me and wouldn't you know it, the wind which had been keeping the flies and bugs away till then decided to die down. I told him I had to get back to the garden and finish because the bugs were really getting to me. You never saw anybody move so fast, weeding. I finally couldn't take any more. The blackfies made hamburger of my right ear, (which was still plugged up from my cold) and a damn blackfly bit me right inside my left ear and it was so painful, I had to come in the house and take two allergy caplets and then showered and sprayed water inside my ears to clean them all out. My left ear was quite swollen too, and that ended my weeding for a couple of days. It was just as well, as Monday I had to go to town, and that is an all day experience. I managed to get some house work done later that evening and this morning was out early in the gardens, watering and weeding. As for the garden along side the driveway, that will be a job and a half. I hope my garden claw holds out. As you can see from the pictures, it's hard to see the perennials for the weeds. This garden is about 15 feet long and almost four feet wide so it will not be done in one day. Tomorrow for sure I will make a good start on it. And early in the morning, when it is cooler. I have a bug jacket to wear, which is fine in cooler weather, but once it heats up it's like wearing a fleece coat almost. But at least the bugs can't get me. I have a slight alergy to blackfly and mosquito bites, so must take antihistamins most of the time to lessen the effects. I took pictures of some of the flowers just starting to bloom now. The dianthus are just starting, as are the sweet williams. I have a beautiful red peony that I took a couple snaps of. And my white peony is showing it's first blossom too. My rose bush at the corner of the house is completely in bloom and smells heavenly. A branch from it won me first prize at our flower show last week. And of course I had to take a picture of my little Jumping Jack pansies in the front flower bed, along the house. The oriental lilies are all budded up and should put on a beautiful display for mid July or earlier if the hot weather keeps up and I water lots. Good thing we have a good water source as I have had the soaker hose on the gardens since 7:30 this morning, and it is still running now at 5 pm. Well, I don't know what else to add, except dial up users beware, as there are 18 pictures in all, but some are worth the look.
And before I forget, about those tomato greenhouses, I just used tomato cages over each tomato, then took large clear plastic leaf and garden bags, punched lots of holes in with a bamboo skewer and then covered the tomato cage with one and tied it off at the bottom. I twisted the bag before making one knot, so I can take the bags off later and then use them again, at the first sign of frost this fall.
As for the picture of the gout weed, keep in mind it looks nice but is a very invasive weed, as the photo shows. It has completely taken over the garden where I have a beautiful bleeding heart blooming and it has even spread to the lawn. I will have to dig out all the soil to get all the roots, and then it is going back in the bush to die. I will have to remove the bleeding heart and my lily of the valley which have been almost irradicated by this invader. I will have to make sure none of the roots remain and then replace the soil with good top soil, and plant something else there that is not invasive. Never plant gout weed directly into the ground, always container plant, and make sure there is not outlet for the roots to spread. Had I known it was invasive to this degree I would never have planted it.
Well, that's the end of my gardening ventures for today. I won't mention that the lawn is in need of cutting again.
Take care everyone, and happy gardening.