Yesterday was glorious: so sunny and warm that Friday's snow (ahem) seemed a distant memory.
We've been storing our rain barrels in the cellar for the winter. I'm not sure why George didn't just turn them upside-down once they were emptied in the fall, but I came home one afternoon to find them lined up against the wall downstairs, so there they stayed. They're out now, under the eaves; they'll catch today's rain and tomorrow's, and when we plant on Wednesday we'll be able to use it to water the new seeds.
We did some moving around, yesterday. When I say we, I mean George, really. The big rocks we've used to edge our garden beds are mostly too heavy for me to lift, although I'm able to nudge the into place once George has moved them. Julia and Asher played while we worked: Digging a bit, and playing their favorite game from last year, in which they try to cross the entire yard from front to back by jumping from stump to stump, to garden edge, to pallet. I have a feeling they're not going to be happy when those pallets are in use in the garden...
After we moved the rest of the stones from the edge of the yard to the edge of the big bed, we edged the little bed by the fence with bricks, stapled up chicken wire, and planted peas. I think the chicken wire will work better than the twine I used last year; it isn't likely to sag and break the way that did, and we set it very close to the ground so the little plants won't have to work as hard to reach it. After the peas were planted, Julia and I watered them well.
I hoped to get a bit more planting done, but the peas were all we managed, and a little housekeeping. We gave the apple trees and the blueberries their spring feeding and pulled back the leaf mulch to check on the garlic, which is just beginning to peek out from under the soil. I have some cleaning-up to do on the other two backyard beds before I can begin planting. I don't want to even think about the front beds until after the city's elm tree drops its awful seeds next month; I'll rake those all up with last year's mulch before I plant. I should probably do some cleaning up before then, though; it looked much nicer out there covered with snow all winter.
We pulled an old work bench out of the cellar last week, preparing to have the new floor poured on Wednesday. It was made from two cabinets, well built, but with doors falling off and drawer bottoms falling out from decades standing in the wet down there. We had to break them apart to get them upstairs, and I saved the drawers and the front of one of the cabinets to use in the garden. I think I'll use the drawers as raised beds and staple some chicken wire into the front panel to use it as a trellis. I'm not sure how any of it will work, but it seems worth trying.
How does your garden grow?