Here Comes the Rain (again)! Gardener’s Journal 5/15/11

May 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Hi all, I’m getting back to writing my blog.  My parents have gone back to the UK after a great month-long visit.  My Dad was a star! @72yrs old he opened up ~ 200 ft2 of virgin clay ground covered in vegetation (mostly goldenrod – so not an easy task!).  It got drier and harder as the days went on, but he persevered and I even managed to plant my sweet potatoes (arrived in the mail last week)  in two of the beds before they left!  I didn’t have enough compost to mix in to make the soil really nice, but hopefully the sweet potatoes won’t mind too much (I sprinkled over some organic fertilizer before planting them). 

This morning, my sons & I transplanted some raspberry shoots in front of the beds to make a living fence to hopefully deter the deer from entering the new garden area – we’ll have to see how that works!  For now, I also cover the sweet potatoes with row cover for some insurance – they actually don’t look very tasty at the moment since they are pretty dead looking when they arrive.  (I planted them like that last year though and they grew pretty well).

It was actually a bit of a bonus gardening day today since it was supposed to rain all day but it actually only drizzled and then got quite nice by the afternoon.  I transplanted my first tomato plants – 3x Early Girls – they look pretty healthy, I’m pleased with the quality of seedlings.  I have been putting the whole lot of the seedlings from the basement out every day for about three weeks and a couple of days ago, I put them in the cold frame in the main garden and left it open at night – it is in the 50F’s now, so cold is not a problem.  I plan to transplant most of the other seedlings within the next couple of weeks into their respective spots.

Excitement on the fruit-growing front – we have baby peaches, apples, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries and raspberries growing!  I sprayed the apple and peach with the holistic spray mixed with kaolin clay to hopefully prevent pests getting into the fruit.  So far so good on the cedar apple rust – no sign of it on the apple trees.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed and give it another spray when it stops raining next weekend!

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