This was a great week in the garden. The bulbs are starting to pop up and some of the perennials are appearing. The weather was so mild that I got a bunch of things done early.
Plan for this week:
- Actually mail the soil test samples I collected in the vegetable garden last week. I want to check my soil pH and nutrient levels so I can fertilize properly. I got the sample kits form Penn State Extension.
- Start some Zinnia seedlings in peat pellets.
- Meet with St Katharine Drexel school to talk about the plan for their vegetable garden.
- Treat my vegetable garden for slugs (weather permitting). I use and organic treatment (like Sluggo or Escar-go) and try to get them early.
- Spring weeding (weather permitting).
- Start exposing lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and onion starts to the outdoors to harden them off. The need to toughen up before they can be planted outside.
- Fertilize apple and pear trees (need to buy more fertilizer).
How did I do last week?
- Conduct soil test in the vegetable garden. – Check, sort of. Took the samples but still need to mail them.
- Pot up flowers started 3 weeks ago that have true leaves into flats. - Check.
- Start another 40 cell flat of lettuce seeds. – Check, and their sprouting nicely.
- Garden clean up (weather permitting). – Check!
I actually got a lot extra done this week. Yea me!
I got all the old grass and perennial growth cut back to make room for the new growth. Some of the perennials are popping up including these sweet columbine that I grew from seed last year.
I fertilized the clematis, peonies, roses, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
I added lime to perennials that need a higher pH (blog post on this coming soon).
My husband finished enlarging the vegetable garden fencing for me and is making some additional raised beds.
I planted some spinach seeds on a whim – hoping to get an extra early crop if the weather cooperates.
The weather was so mild, I also gave the lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and onion starts a little outdoor time to start toughing them up.
The coleus I took cuttings from last fall seem to be doing fine and should be ready to go outside when the weather warms up.
We'll see how I do next week. things are going to get pretty busy in the garden soon.