We're planning to get chickens and put in some fruit trees, so those will be the big garden projects this year! I might go a little lighter on some of the vegetable gardening since we will be traveling more this summer' but if I can find a chicken sitter who doesn't mind doing a little garden upkeep that might work too.
I planted my pea seeds in the beds last weekend. I also have started leek & onions seeds indoors. Trying to plan the layout of my beds, as I think I have more veggie varieties than space.
ETA: bonzo2012, can you post pictures of you chicken coop & fencing once you have it set up? I've thought about getting chickens in a couple of years; our house's previous owners had them but they removed their coop at the advice of their realtor, ugh!
sahara78, sure! I'm still designing what we'll put up, but I want to have the plans done by the end of Feb to submit to the HOA. That way we'll hopefully have approval by the time we want to get the chicks at the end of March, and then we can get building once the weather is nicer!
Post by cinnamonsmiles on Feb 23, 2016 16:49:34 GMT -5
Just got my seeds in yesterday; plan to start tomatoes this coming weekend (better late than never). We're looking into crop rotation this year as we've got a large number of pests to deal with, and it will take some time to reconfigure everything.
Late comment is late! The weather here finally got to where I wanted to start thinking about gardening again So far we spent the past weekend clearing out crap&weeds from our borders and beds, pulled out some dead shrubs and started thinking about what we want to do this Spring. We also planted our seeds for the veggie patch, though for now the reside on the kitchen counter hah. I love seeing all the green buds appear everywhere. There's still some frost in our nights but soon I hope to start planting some annuals - I always love the pops of color that suddenly appear when I put those in
muscari, what annuals are you planting? I just planted some pansies and alyssum to brighten up the front yard. We have to be careful with spring annuals here, because it can be 70 degrees one day and snowy the next. Things like pansies do well with that, but there are lots of flowers I used to see in CA that we just don't get in the nurseries here in CO!
We also planted 4 new raspberry bushes. Last year we didn't get a whole lot of raspberries, so I'm hoping that adding lots more means we actually get a measurable amount.
bonzo2012 , I love pansies! And they can be quite sturdy too, indeed, some of mine made it through winter (now we had a pretty non-existant winter here this year, meh.. more like an endless wet and stormy autumn, but still).
Last Spring we placed 5 tall planters on the streetcorner in front of our house - to keep folks from parking their car or skipping the corner over the sidewalk to circumvent the speedbumbs, which is friggin dangerous with kids playing on the sidewalk! - and we filled those with geraniums, both hanging as tall ones. I love how they give a sea of flowers throughout Spring and Summer well into Fall.
For in the garden I got petunias and filled my hanging baskets with them. I planted tons lobelias alongside the border of my gardenbeds, as well as some things I can't remember the name of LOL. Once it warms up a little more I plan on adding snap dragons, indian/monks cress, zinnia, gazanias (actually that's a perannual), cosmea..... I could go on *g*
I also bought a small forsythia to replace ours that didn't make it through the move from our old garden to the new, and another ceanothus for the front yard. I'm still working on filling up our miniature front yard. It gets sun full on all day in Summer and some of the things I planted last year didn't quite make it, so I'm looking for some plants that will do better in this spot.
When we purchased our house the garden was literally just a big sandpit with a TON of weeds growing everywhere, so we've worked really hard on making it into a real garden. December before last we had the groundwork done, in April the terraces and paths were paved and we started forming our gardenbeds and borders. Added young trees and started planting last Spring-Summer, build our garden house over Summer, and the last thing we did was put in the lawn this past October. It's been a ton of work (esp since we did most of it ourselves) but I love how everything has come together now. While we still not quite finished and have some more plans, this is the first year we can actually just sit and enjoy the garden without feeling overwhelmed with all that still has to be done to make it look like a garden!
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