Jessica Walliser
April 29, 2010

strawberry blossoms
Photo by Jessica Walliser

My daffodils and tulips are pretty much finished blooming and are being replaced by lots of blooming perennials, especially in my shade gardens. 

So far the deer haven’t found my hostas (I give them another month at most) and the rabbits have steered clear of all my emerging annual seedlings (I give them until their babies grow up and they all leave their dens—hungry).

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The vegetable garden looks glorious.  I got lots of free leaf compost from my municipality and used it as a mulch. 

Sure, I had to shovel my own and fill up the back of my Subaru numerous times with overflowing buckets of the stuff, but it is so worth it to see that dark, rich brown compost rather than cracked clay when summer arrives.  The plants are happy too.

My peas are up several inches and are nearly grasping onto the grapevine and branch teepees we erected.  The radish are almost ready for saladizing; and the carrots, kohlrabi, and beets have emerged from the dirt and are ready for all those little bunnies to find their way underneath the fence slats. 

Last year our blueberry crop was pitiful so I added elemental sulfur last fall in hopes of righting the pH and giving them a boost.  Payoff!  They are loaded with blooms and bees right now.  Hopefully I can keep the birds and chickens off them this year and we’ll get enough to make some jam.  The strawberries are blooming too. 

Always exciting to know how many good things are to come. 

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