Saturday, May 3, 2014

Coming Alive

I went out to the yard today and was looking around. What a beautiful site to see all the green stuff. The 
gardens are growing.

The celery is beautiful and about ready to cut back and dry for celery powder. In the back of the celery you can see that my peas are beginning to bloom. That means peas before to long. I love to eat fresh peas, they are so sweet.

They have just taken off since we finally got some sunshine. The rain in between has really helped. I don't have to water as much. 

The potatoes are doing well. Some of the ones that you see now are the ones that I dug up from the bed that I planted my Brussels sprouts in. These are the new beds that we put in this year. They have 1/4" mesh wire on the bottom to help deter the moles and voles and unwanted critters. 

My peonies are getting ready to pop open. Can't wait they are such a pretty flower. I do need to get some twine around the base of them soon because the blooms are so heavy once they open up they tend to bend and break the stock. The twine helps to support them.

This is my spinach, lettuce and beets bed. The spinach I started earlier this year in the greenhouse. It seems to be doing well.

I don't know if you can see it but baby beets....YEAH....

The Vibernum Metafile is in full bloom now. I really like the looks of it. The plant next to it is a fragrant Azalea that we planted a couple of years ago. The deer really love it, that is why it is so scrawny.

All the Ferns and Hostas in this bed are really starting to fill in nicely. I need to get the fountain cleaned up and running to make this a really nice look and feel to the yard.

I just planted the corn in this bed the day before yesterday. I started them in the greenhouse this year. It is not recommended on the packet but where we live, the season isn't really long enough for corn so Don wanted me to start them in the greenhouse and transplant them. They are looking really good so far. Hope they do well this year.

The broccoli I started in the greenhouse and transplanted it about a week ago. It looks to be doing well. I also started some cabbage in the greenhouse and added some to this bed with the broccoli. They are in the same family so should do well together.

I have asparagus coming up under the Kiwi and what little bit I have is really growing. I would like to add more asparagus. I really like it and so does Don. 

The Kiwi are getting there blooms. They are just loaded with blooms, I hope they really produce this year.

The apple trees are the last of the fruit trees to bloom and they are really doing that. The bees are very happy. With all the fruit trees we have, they seem to bloom at different times starting in early March which is good for the bees when we have sunny days. They can get out and and have some pollen and nectar to eat.

Here are the Brussels sprouts that I mentioned earlier, they are doing well also. I planted some cabbage in with them too.

Right along the front of the bed of Brussels sprouts I planted some Kohlrabi. I hadn't had these before last year. I decided I really like them.

The strawberries are growing and blooming now. I plan on some fresh fruit here soon. The white piping you see around them is holding a net around them because we had trouble with the deer eating all the fruit and plants. We have the yard partly fenced and I will be taking down the netting soon. Hopefully the birds will leave them alone. The filberts behind the strawberries were planted last year and are growing nicely. We won't be getting any nuts for a while from these little beauties.

So the yard is coming alive and is full of hope. I can hardly believe how good everything is doing. When we came to this mountain there was nothing but weeds, brush and, well nothing. It has been a lot of work but well worth it. The Lord has truly blessed us not only with such a beautiful and bountiful yard but all the critters as well.

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