Mulberry Trade

Our neighbor discovered this tree in their backyard last night! They had blackberries previously growing in that area and thought this tree was some kind of offshoot (but without thorns)! My cousin helped us identify it as a mulberry tree.

We picked some of our raspberries and traded her for the opportunity to pick some of those super-sweet mulberries. It’s a mature tree, so next time we need a taller ladder if we want to pick more than a cup or two to snack on.

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Weekly Journal

High – Low… I have picked out my next knitting project and the yarn is ready: Entrechat by Lisa Chemery. But I lack half of the last chart for Campside, plus the edging. Feels endless, but I must resist the urge to quit.

High – Low… We planted more bulbs, lillies mostly. But it’s been way too cold to plant the shasta daisies and black-eyed susan seeds. C’mon 50’s, I need you to stay!

What has been your high and low this week? Grab some of that leftover Easter candy and chat with me!

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Garden Inspiration

After another disappointing year with the vegetables in the raised beds, I have decided to plant flowers and make a little cutting garden of sorts. (Literally the best producer I had was the volunteer tomato plant by the raspberry bushes.) Here’s my inspiration:

IMG_4295.JPGEchinacea, sunflower tower, climbing roses, and lavender

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Garden Update

Clockwise: The raspberries are spreading magnificently.

This one has some turnips and radishes growing in one row. The rest is a weedy mess. I need to pull the weeds and this will be where the tomatoes, and more beans are planted this weekend.

This one has some turnips and radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, and bush beans growing.

We have had so much rain that I have no need for the soaker hose, and I can hardly keep up with the weeding. So around the edges of these raised beds are especially bad. I went to the farmer’s market last weekend, and it seems most people are leaps and bounds ahead of me (some had tomatoes and zucchini, but it was mostly potatoes, greens, onions and strawberries). With the mild and rainy spring we’ve had, everyone who got their garden in early seems to be thriving. How does your garden grow?

Snapshots

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(Clockwise) Early morning run around Downtown Nashville, Wildfire damage around the Bud Ogle cabin area in the Great Smoky Mountains, Daffodils blooming in Metcalf Bottoms, Hyacinths coming up around our local library and park

Garden Plan 2017

It might be frightfully cold outside right now, but it hasn’t stopped me from garden planning and spring dreaming. Our beds are about 7′ x 10′ and we have two of them, so I want to maximize space yet not overpack and inhibit growing. (that, and watering more are my biggest garden mistakes)

I like to get seeds here. I also plan to invest in a new soaker hose and weird plastic owl. And try a diy project or two- a cage to protect the strawberries and some stepping stones. (like this, but less expensive since I want a handful of them).

 

Cleaning up the garden

Last weekend, we cleaned up some of the outdoor pots and raised beds.

In the raised beds, we pulled out our teepees and tomato cages, and the ropes on the vine frame. Then pulled/mowed down all the overgrown weeds. We still need to till and fertilize and cover for the winter, but it was a nice start to at least get rid of the eyesore that was the raised beds.

We emptied the outdoor pots that were fried and added some pansies around the house. Depending on the severity of the winter, we can usually keep those alive until spring. Especially in pots that I can bring close to the house when it gets below freezing.

cleaning-up-fallI repotted the eucalyptus into a larger pot and brought inside. It was parched and my hope is to nurse it back to life over the winter. I’ve put it in a sunny location so it will receive lots of sunshine, yet hopefully stay in a more temperate environment so it can regain health.

And our kale is growing stronger! I might move this to the back of the house for more sunshine as the weather gets cooler, but we are still receiving high 70’s/ very sunny days so they will stay in the front of the house, on the shady side, for the next month or two.