Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring is here!

I'm so excited that spring is finally here.  This fall and winter have been full of changes for me... physical changes, changes in daily activities and priorities.  As many of you know, we've been growing a different little sprout than usual.  Rather than spending the winter researching gardening topics like usual, I've been researching everything baby and it's a whole different world.  Rather than building a greenhouse, we transformed a bedroom into a nursery.  That being said, we are gardeners and we've been spending as much time as possible getting the garden going before baby arrives.  

Here's a list of what we've accomplished so far this year:
  • Ordered 7 yards of bark to refresh the landscaping (only moved about 2% of it).
  • Reinforced our fencing around the veggie garden to keep the pup out.  Built a "composting fence."
  • Pruned our apple trees.
  • Taught two workshops for our community garden.  Espalier Pruning and Seed Starting.
  • Started tomato, pepper, artichoke, and eggplant seeds (been battling fungal gnats ever since). 
  • Planted peas.  We're planting a lot of shelling peas to have some to freeze later.
  • Planted horseradish for the first time.
  • Bought potato sets.  They are chitting in the basement.
  • Planted four types of onion sets- Red Candy Apple, Red Zepplin, Walla Walla, and Copra.
  • Pruned the raspberry and blackberry patch.
  • Pruned the grape vines (still not sure if we're doing it right despite watching a lot of youtube videos and researching it in books).
  • Planted spinach and lettuce.
  • Kicked-Off the season at Orchard & Vine Community Garden.  Great to see everyone again.  This year I stepped down from the steering committee, but Terry is still on it as Infrastructure Coordinator.  
  • Planned out what we're growing for the annual O&V Community Garden Plant Sale on May 18th.  Hopefully we'll be able to keep our starts going after baby arrives.
That's about all I can think of right now.  We're just so excited to meet our little sprout this spring and watch her grow.