Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Getting my Spring on...

There are three types of people in the world - people who honestly love winter (like Jen) or those who tolerate it, like Julie. Then there are those who despise it, like me. If you've noticed that I've been a little absent on the blog lately, it's because it's been in the high 60's here. I'm getting my Spring on.

Here are the blooms on our nectarine tree in the back yard.

So woodworking is taking a backseat for a week or two. Well, my sore back is another reason I've stayed out of the woodshop, but that's OK, the garden is calling my name...

My favorite local gardener sent out word that tomatoes have to be in the ground by April 1 in order to set the fruit. He's never steered me wrong, so I went to the nursery and bought some plants to get the ball rolling.

Remember last year, when I had eggplants coming out my ears?

Well, this year, the bumper crop might be spaghetti squash.

I planted those in three different spots, and I have no idea what they'll do; I've never planted them before. Our neighbors and friends might be sick of them by the time August rolls around.

What Italian gardener doesn't have this?

Or this?

Later in the summer, when avocados are calling my name, I'll mix up some guacamole, using fresh cilantro. But I've never had luck growing it in the ground, so this year, I decided to try it in a pot. When it gets too hot, I can bring it inside.

Last year, I tried growing artichokes for the first time. I had no idea what I was doing, but by the end of the summer, the three plants were absolutely huge. I cut them back, almost flush to the ground, but never got around to covering them with mulch, as my local expert recommended. Good thing we had a mild winter - they were no worse for their nekkidness. They sprouted up like weeds; here's the largest one, it's about three feet in diameter already!

To all my fellow gardeners out there - get your bottle of Advil ready... and stay tuned for round two in the garden...

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

The eggplant with dogs pic is adorable!