That's right, Copper is one happy dog these days. The weather is warm, the sun is out, and everything is coming back to life. But most important for Copper, it is now warm enough that we'll take him on walks and play with him in the yard. Our winter hibernation is officially over!
Flowers are sprouting up and starting to bloom all over the place. I've been pleased to discover that many of the flowering bulbs that I have planted in the past few years have really taken off and multiplied significantly this season. I've also recently planted a few young trees in the yard that I received from the Arbor Day Foundation. I've been caring for these young saplings in pots for a few years now, so it's nice to see them in their final home.
|creeping phlox on the rock wall|
|muscari, anemone, and some tree whose name was lost long ago|
|phlox, miniature roses, and asiatic lilies|
|newly planted sargent crabapple tree|
|new raspberry primocanes|
At this point, almost all of the vegetable garden beds have been completely prepared for the growing season. The compost has been turned into the soil, seeds for early crops have been sown, and the rows covers are all installed to protect the young seedlings.
|hoop houses on Dogstreet Farm|
|potato poking through|
|peas starting to emerge|
In the perennial vegetable bed, the rhubarb and asparagus have emerged again. It seems that only one of my rhubarb plants survived from last season, and I am down to six asparagus crowns from the ten seedlings that I planted two years ago. However, I may be able to divide both of these next season to replace my losses. This will be our first year that we can pick the asparagus for eating and I'm very excited about that. We already have some nice thick spears that should ready for harvest soon.
I fertilized the garlic beds this week, now that they are growing strong. Most of the garlic plants are already a foot and a half tall. Of the 180 that I planted last fall, it looks like I have at least 150 that actually grew. I think that I used too thick of a mat of grass clippings to mulch the seeds and many were unable to break through, especially the smaller ones. Oh well, I guess that I've just selected for the biggest and strongest garlic plants.
Finally, here is a shot of my new rain barrel tower. We picked up the rain barrel at the local Boonsboro GreenFest, but I didn't get much use out of it last year because I had it close to the ground and the pressure wasn't very good. Last fall, I bull this four foot tall tower out of pressure-treated wood and cinder blocks. The PVC pipe on the front is for the over flow when the barrel is full. I've only used it once so far, but the pressure is really good. I have to say that my gardening hobby has really improved my carpentry skills.