For me there is nothing more beautiful than a Spring Garden flush with new blooms, green garden grass, the seasons first vegetables being pulled from the ground and chickens enjoying time in the garden.
Spring has finally arrived and I have been spending countless hours each day enjoying the garden. This year I am not even a grumpy weed puller I am so happy to just be able to finally get out there. Compared to last year the garden is a bit over a month behind on its growth because of the cold spring temperatures. However, I am not going to complain because my garden has finally started to explode with color and I am enjoying every minute of it.
The Primrose was spectacular this year, probably because of the long cool days. They bloomed in abundance and I took countless photos because I couldn’t resist their beauty.
The peonies will be opening in the next few days, one bud is partially open, but because of the variety that I have planted they will bloom for several weeks. Their fragrance will float through the garden, enticing me to get in there and pull any weeds just so I can have an excuse to hang out and enjoy their glorious blooms. The Irises will bloom along with the Peonies waving their tall slender heads above their shorter garden companion. (When doing garden clean up of peonies and irises DO NOT compost). If you are interested in finding out more about Peonies, check out my post ‘A Love Affair’
The vegetable “kitchen” garden has just produced its first produce of radishes. I planted a ‘rainbow mix’, which as you can see, are just beautiful. I planted my first batch of radish seeds along with my sweet peas. The radishes act as a natural pest repellent for my peas, and the radishes are ready for picking long before the peas are tall and block the sun.
The strawberries are ripening from their flowers and I will have berries in a few weeks. The lettuce will be able to be cut next week, and will continue to produce through several more cuts before I will have to pull them and reseed. You can plant rows of radishes between your lettuce rows as well.
The chickens did a good job removing any bugs in the garden over the last month, but sadly they will be banned from the vegetable garden. I caught several hens and a rooster, rolling in the cilantro bed together. Needless to say, the cilantro will have to be replanted. Naughty girls.
The girls have been laying a collective dozen or more eggs a day. Ms. Grace one of my older hens has decided to go “Broody” again, which means she wants to be a mom and refuses to leave the coop and proceeds to roll every egg laid under her fluffy butt everyday. I go and pop her off the eggs (several times a day), avoiding her trying to peck me and plop her outside the coop. She fluffs up her feathers and tells me off each time. It’s a fun little game we play! Not really- it’s annoying, she is lucky she is so cute.
The beehives have had an adequate spring. My three hives seem to be getting off to a good start, but Liz has had to combine two hives and it seems the other is laying too many drones “boys”, which is bad, because the female bees are the workers of the hive. They are the ones who go and get the pollen and nectar, turn it into honey, care and nurse the larvae, and build comb. While the drones’ main function is to be ready to fertilize a receptive queen and do no work to grow the hive. Liz took a frame of larvae from one of the healthy hives, brushed off all the bees and added to the drone-laying hive, in hopes that a new queen will be born and start to lay workers instead of drones.
Phew, no wonder I am tired. However, spring is my **favorite** time in the garden. I will be planting more radishes, beets, lettuce and my eggplant and a few more peppers for the hubby tomorrow. (If it doesn’t rain).
I hope you have been enjoying your garden and remember to keep weeding it builds character, at least that’s what I tell my boys. Also, water if it doesn’t rain every two to three days, as the days get longer and warmer the newer plants will not survive through a single dry spell without a little help.