Over the weekend the four members of Lee's End Eden (the name of our two townhouses) went out and planted up the front yard. We now have most of the front yard landscaped. Yay! The place looks much better with plants. We also planted the two apple trees which was a chore. We had to go out and buy a pickaxe to break up the subsoil enough to plant them. Then we had to sift out the million one inch rocks. The soil was more rock than soil. In addition the lawnmower shed was put together and placed and the whole yard was weeded. I'm guessing it was about 22 man hours of work spread over two days.
Yesterday I spent a couple hours in the garden doing a lot of little things. The onion bed above was struggling for some reason. I'm not sure why. I decided to bring out the fish emulsion and give it a drink. I hope they start to take off or it will be another year without good onions.
Four of my 4'x16' beds hadn't been fertilized yet so I put on a mixture of organic fertilizer, bone char, green sand, and azomite. I haven't dug them in yet, but I will before planting. I've been chitting some sunflower seed and and early batch of zucchini seed. The recent warm weather has really made me want to start planting. I'm thinking that beans won't be too long behind.
I planted up the end of the rock wall garden with flowers. It is a mix of tall zinnia, cosmos, low zinnia, petunia, and dianthus. I had to take out the overwintered kale that was starting to bloom. So I've already gotten a good start on the next Harvest Monday. Oh and you see the fence in that photo? Well that is the fence between me and my neighbor. He was out on Monday too rototilling his garden bed. Last year he had tomatoes in his bed. He might have them here again. He has another bed, but it doesn't get nearly as much sun as this bed does and his tomatoes are his pride and joy.
I planted the dianthus between the sweet alyssum in the herb garden now that it has been hardened off. I rearranged the flats soil blocks yet again since I'd planted so many. I once again only have two flats outside hardening off. Well they are all hardened already, but two flats growing outside. One is basically my leftovers and my cumin and basil. The cumin is bolting already. Hmm that isn't good. It hasn't even been planted yet. I'll plant it up soon and then maybe it will grow. It seems to be a really finicky plant here. The other flat are my tomatoes that germinated at the proper time. The rest of the tomatoes will have to be potted up soon, but they aren't quite ready yet.
As I was going by the brassica and chard bed I took a peek inside. Things are growing so well. The only really empty spot are my two red cabbages. They haven't been all that happy. They were very slow to start, but have finally started putting on some more leaves. I don't hold a lot of hope that they will grow and head up, but I'll give them a chance. In the front are the Argentata chard. The Ruby chard is just out of the photo, but it is doing well too. It won't be long before the chard harvests start.