Photo by Jessica Walliser
The garden is doing well, but I canâ€™t wait for the grass to grow!
Progress, progress, progress. How I love it whenÂ garden projects move along as planned!
I managed to sow just less than 35 pounds of grass seed last week and cover it with a dozen bails of straw. What a job it was, but the seed has already started to germinate. Iâ€™m dreaming of the day (hopefully in the not-so-distant future) where the mud is gone and I can walk barefoot through the grass in my backyard. One day at a time, for now, but itâ€™s coming. Lugging the sprinkler around is not a fun chore, but when the grass begins to sprout, itâ€™s all worth it for sure.
All the nursery finds I mentioned inÂ last weekâ€™s post have been planted along with several others I acquired this week, including a beautiful little Stewartia tree (I have always wanted one!), a prostrate blue arborvitae (I know, who knew those even existed?), and 10 Winter Gem boxwoods that now line the edge of the patio around the fire pit. Itâ€™s beginning to look a bit like a garden out there.
All the while, the veggie garden has been chugging along. I had to water it this week, too,as we havenâ€™t had rain in quite some time and things were looking a bit dry.
Weâ€™ve enjoyed the last few lettuce harvestsâ€”they are beginning to bolt and turn bitter, but theÂ chickens sure do enjoy them once they are beyond human consumption. All my cucumbers and pumpkins germinated, including the ones I planted in our compost bin, and the tomatoes are just beginning to set flowers.
The only thing I have missed this year is the sugar snap peas. Because of all the rain this spring, I didnâ€™t manage to get into the garden to plant any. Theyâ€™re one of my favorites, and I have missed having them. Thankfully, though, I have found them at the farmersâ€™ market the past few Saturdays and have gotten my fill. Not quite the same as homegrown, but darned close!Â Â