Daniel and the papa added new 4-way soil to our compacted raised beds, while AnnaLynn cut down weather-worn string and old green bean vines.
In an attempt to keep down the weeds that like to grow around our raised beds, we all pitched in and put down a layer of newspaper covered with straw. This is the first year we've tried this...hope it works!
Looks nice, huh? We also cleaned up our strawberry bed; the stakes will hold up netting to keep the local birds out when berry season arrives...
After working in the vegetable garden, the kids and I spent some time weeding our flower bed and transplanting potted plants. Sadly, I discovered that the deer have been nibbling on my daylily as well as my hens and chicks. Argh. The annuals in this bed still need to be divided and the soil needs to be amended (hoping to get to this soon -- food before flowers).
Our other garden activities last week:
- transplanted the lettuce and spinach seedlings we started on March 24 into bigger pots
- planted peas in the garden
- planted the lettuce my dad gave us out in the garden
- started seed indoors for oak leaf lettuce, more spinach, pumpkins, cherry tomatoes, and morning glory
Goals for the next week or two include taking care of the front flower bed, transplanting seedlings that are ready into bigger pots, moving lettuce and spinach out to the garden, and building two new raised beds. I'm still reading and gleaning from Square Foot Gardening; even though we've grown our own vegetables for many years now, there's always something new to learn! And reading is good because until things warm up around here, there isn't too much more to do in the garden (although we will eventually need to prepare the ground where we'll grow our corn).
And, finally, Sox the cat -- one of our homestead mousers and proud mama cat of seven newborn kittens. :)
Sharing with Simple Lives Thursday, Ginny's Saturday Garden Journal, and...