Grateful For The Rains!

I am so grateful for the rains that have finally come to New England!  We are behind a good three inches of rain fall this season.   This has been a really unusual Spring, very cold and dry!  I enjoyed my afternoon walk around the yard late yesterday, joyful to see my happy veggies and flowers loving the showers!  My Lilac bushes and Cherry Blossoms are blooming.  Breath taking!  A gray rainy day cannot steal an ounce of their beauty for a second!

Cherry Blossoms

Lilacs Blooming

The colder nights are finally beginning to warm, staying in the mid 40’s or higher now.   I finally moved my seedlings outside to the deck earlier this week to get them acclimated for planting.  My long sweet peppers are finally starting take off and my Moon & Stars Water melons are catching up fast! (this is my first time trying water melons, so excited!!!!)

Sprouting VeggiesI am hoping to get some of my crops in the ground this weekend now that the temps are warming.  Once the sun starts shifting in late August, the garden starts to fizzle out.  I learned that the sooner I plant the longer I will be able to enjoy my harvest.  I am planting three weeks earlier than last year. ( I didn’t finish digging the garden till the end of May last year and got everything planted the first week of June ).

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I have the garden clean and ready for the new additions!  Plotting what goes where is one of my favorite aspects of gardening, I love to mull over this for hours, read books to get ideas and inspirations.

Happy Beets and Peas

My veggies in the garden are finally doing great! They seemed stalled for weeks and now with these warmer temps and refreshing rains everything is really beginning to take off!  I think they are going to catch up to where they should be fast!  I am so excited to see how my carrots and beets turn out (also first try’s), love the idea of adding these to my selection of tasty veggies.   My pole beans are finally starting to sprout, I planted both Kentucky wonder and wonder wax.  If the weather and rains cooperates I suspect we can start enjoying some of the crops by the end of the month!

Unfortunately still no sign of any humming birds, I have had the feeder out for over a week and still no visitors.  I planted red petunia’s in the window box again, perhaps when they start growing and blooming this will attract them.  I suspect that when my Humming Bird Bush Blossoms they’ll definitely return!   Have any of you greeted these little visitors back to your yard yet?  I cannot wait to see these little beauties!

Now that the veggie garden is making progress and somewhat established I am looking at a few other areas in the yard on my “tackle” list.  The side of the house and the area around the driveway really need some love and attention so will probably work on those next.  I will be sure to share my planning and progress with you all! Hope your gardening and projects are all going great and that Spring is filling you all with noodling inspiration!

Wishing all of you Mother’s out there a Blessed and very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Good Bye Snow! Hello Spring Veggies!!!!!

I am so delighted that Spring finally has arrived here in Massachusetts!  This is the last little pile of snow left in my front yard.  After this rough winter, I am glad not to have to see it much longer!

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I have been working hard this past week cleaning and prepping the garden to get my Spring veggies in the ground.  I planted Sugar Snap Peas, Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula and Onions.

I learned from last year that my garden is more of a spring-summer garden.  By Mid September the garden does not get a lot of sun and a Fall harvest is not very successful. In watching the sun, I have great sun exposure in the Spring!  So Spring veggies it is!!

This is year two of my garden that I started late last May.  I have hand tilled in compost and other natural fertilizers, great exercise! I hurt in places I forgot I even had!  I am so very excited to see the improvement in my crops and taste those fresh veggies.  Last year I had the expense of putting in a fence so my budget was lean and I did not have the ability to add a lot of top soil, compost, ect.  I am so happy that the soil is looking great!

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I am waiting for the seeds I started indoors to start peeking through.  This year I am planting them in larger containers just in case.  A late arrival of Spring could mean a late arrival of Summer.  I lost some of my seedlings last year because I used tiny little seed starting containers and being so damp and cold they did not survive the wait inside very well.  Learned my lesson not to let that happen again.

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We are going to have a great collection of hot peppers and tomatoes this year!  I am really looking forward to keeping everyone up to date with the goal of posting weekly. I am also excited about reading everyone’s progress as we start a new growing season! May this year be a blessed harvest for us all!

Happy gardening everyone!

Sheryl