18 May 2013

Springtime In the Garden

Things are picking up in the garden and now that I am done with my semester I felt like I could spend some time to photograph the garden and blog a little about the goings-on. We are sharing a plot at our friend's house where we are growing potatoes (Adirondack Blue, Banana Fingering, and Golden potatoes) and Walla Walla onions. In the near future we are going to be planting tomatoes and peppers there. These photos were taken a while ago and we haven't been there since, so some developments should have occurred. We have some Adirondack Blue potatoes planted at our house which are coming up so our plot at Mike's should have a decent amount of potatoes coming up. I believe we planted 40 in total. At the house we planted blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and Thai hot peppers. Tomorrow I am intending to put in my Mary Washington asparagus -- very much hoping that they transplant well. The blueberries are looking the best of all the new plants. Which reminds me that I also planted Red Russian Kale, Redbor Kale, Giant Indian Purple Mustard (absolutely amazing, by the way), Tyee spinach, and arugula. This is all making me consider that I probably should have taken some photos of all these new transplants. Well, tomorrow is another day, nothing says I can't do it then! What I did manage to take photos of today were the flowers that were planted by the previous owner. She and her at-the-time husband were very much into growing native Ohio flora so there are a lot of flowers already planted. Because I am new to the region I am quite unfamiliar with the majority of the plants. This year should prove to be very enlightening as far as learning about Ohio plants. I am also not exactly sure what is a weed and what isn't for the most part so I am pulling things out when it becomes apparent. I haven't been blogging as much because I've been juggling two part time jobs and grad school. I am really looking forward to one day having only one thing (imagine that, one job) to focus on so that I can spend my free time in the garden again. This week was the end of my second semester of school and simultaneously the same week that I finished the longest book I have ever read (Anathem by Neal Stephenson, clocking in at 890 pages). I only have a week and a half before my summer class starts but I am going to relish in all its simple glory.