With the quickening of spring comes quickening in the garden. Now the race is on -- not necessarily to get things planted (since we always risk a late frost) but to get the beds prepped for planting.
I was late in trimming the raspberry canes.
Usually I try to trim the canes before the plants leaf, but a few of the leaves had already budded out. Oh well, it's not too late.
Tools of the trade.
Things always look better when they're trimmed. I even made sure to gather the dead canes and chuck 'em in the burn pile this year (I have a bad habit of just leaving the canes underfoot).
Next step, the potato and pea beds. These are vegetables that can be planted early.
For the peas, it was a simple matter to tear off the fragile tangle of last year's pea plants, and weed the beds themselves.
While I worked, I kept hearing a muffled buzzing sound. This turned out to be some sort of waspish insect hollowing out a space in the gravel, presumably to lay her eggs.
I watched over and over as she crawled headfirst into the hole...
...then backed out carrying bits of dirt, which she discarded.
Any entomology types out there know the species?
I finished up weeding the pea beds...
...and got the peas planted. One task done.
Next task, the potato beds. They weren't in bad shape, and just needed to be weeded and raked.
The rake I use is this wicked-looking thingamabob I picked up at an antique store years ago. It's a wonderful tool.
The seed potatoes were more than ready to be planted.
I planted one potato at each hole on the drip irrigation hose.
Meanwhile the pear trees are getting ready to blossom.
Just yesterday I started weeding and prepping the corn beds. I won't plant the corn until about mid-May or later. This year, instead of popcorn, I'll plant Yukon Chief sweet corn.
It's perfect weeding weather -- not too hot, not too cold -- so I'll spend a few days working my way through these tires.
We planned to expand the garden and had about 25 tractor tires outside the fence, waiting for us to put them in the garden. Now, with our upcoming move, we won't have time to install them. We're in cleanup mode, not expansion mode.
Some new neighbors very much wanted the tires to create their own tire garden, so we borrowed a flatbed truck and trailer from another neighbor...
...Don loaded the tires...
...and the neighbor drove them to their new home. It took two loads to move them, but these neighbors will have the beginning infrastructure of a wonderful garden.
Meanwhile I plan to plant the garden with "generic" vegetables and fruits that might appeal to a buyer. In addition to the perennial plants already in place (herbs, horseradish, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries), and in addition to the garlic, peas, and potatoes I already have in place, I plan to plant tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, carrots, pinto beans, onions, and seed poppies. Am I missing anything critical? Is there anything else I should plant?