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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eager to start gardening


It's been warm (50s and 60s) for the past week, and the sun has been shining! I"m feeling the urge to garden, but it's still almost 2 month away from being safe to do any real planting of vegetables and flowers. Mother's Day is usually the benchmark, though we had frost after Mother's Day last year.
I decided to go to Lowe's and buy afew seeds to start indoors. Once I got there I also decided that I needed some pots, some bare root roses, some cherry trees.... $7 worth of seeds turned into $120, but that's the way it goes sometimes I guess!
The cherry trees are pretty big and look healthy. We've tried planting cherry trees before with dismal results, but I think the place we tried them just isn't a good spot. These will go on the other side of the property, near my $10 Big Lots dwarf pear tree that has flourished despite being almost completely neglected.
I got some little peat moss, plastic covered "greenhouses" and planted broccoli, spinach, artichokes, romaine, squash and some sunflowers, plus basil, fennel, and oregano in another pot. We'll see what happens. I tend to lose interest in seeds as time goes by. I usually buy most of our vegetable plants as established seedlings At Pettitti Garden Centers in Tallmadge Ohio (http://www.petittigardencenter.com). They always have a nice selection of vegetable plants.
Last year a persistent groundhog decimated all of our cruciferous veggies and lettuce, so we have to re fence the garden this year before planting.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're way more ambitious than me!
Our starting day is April 15th. That's also the day I put in all my annual flowers.

Had to smile about the cherry tree thing. We have a peach tree that has looked like it's dying since 10 minutes after we planted it. I think it's the location since the neighbor's peach tree produces like mad. I want to move it. DH swears we'll kill it. @@ This will be it's 6th season and it hasn't produced one peach or grown one inch. Isn't that pretty similar to dead, lol?!

Post more pics when it goes wild!

Mags

jennifer said...

I would definitely vote to move the peach tree. You have nothing to lose!

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