Having been extremely kind to the Midwest all year, the goddess continues her gentle journey into the spring with a string of 80F/26C days. Lowe’s had rows and rows of tomato plants out. Why do they do that? All these poor new gardeners are going to in there, buy tomatoes, and they are going to die because it will get back down into the 50s and 60s again. The forsythia along the fence line bloomed for the first time ever. 24 years, nothing. This year, spectacular. Who knows why.
Good news and bad news in the garden. The goddess’ consort, in the form of a large robin again, watched me work, mostly brute labor building beds, setting paths and amending soil. I gave the goddess a pincushion plant for an offering this year, and planted out some of my seedlings that were going to die anyway. With mid-60s and warmer predicted for the next 10 days, and nighttimes in the mid 50s, they can’t do any worse than they’re doing under the grow lights. Parsnips nearly a dead loss, ditto the Alissa Craig onions. The brussels are down to 7 1" plants. I blame it in the peat and manure pots. I just couldn’t keep them moist enough. I’d water and go back and hour later and they’d be dry as dust. Those things aren’t pots, they’re dessicants.
On the other hand, I have lots of things growing from last year’s dormant seeds— spinach, turnips, onions, plus the lovage came back (but not, so far, any parsley this year). Replanted the onions in the new garage bed, but the turnips that were back there I harvested (6 baby-fist sized roots, plus a nice handful of greens, which my body is really craving). However, there are a couple dozen turnips in the woodland and serpentine plots.
So, building. Edged the garage plot with concrete blocks. Eventually I’ll build this up three high, I think (maybe), but for now it’s just working as edging, with the holes for additional planting space. Put all three planting boxes under the garage eves. Can’t get the bottoms off two of them, so I’ll put greens in those instead of onions. I think they’re not going to get enough sun for onions there anyway.
The wind blew down the neighbor’s fence, twice (he tried to tie it back up with string), so Bill and I went out yesterday and just took the damned thing down before it blows into the house and breaks a window. Very strange being able to see into the neighbor’s yard at ground level. Makes me wish we could just do a giant community backyard that stretched the whole block, instead of fencing each other off at 33 foot intervals (the width of typical Rogers Park Chicago plot.)
Allium cepa var. cepa
Bugbane, Purple Sprouting
Rose- Pope John Fish Memorial Breaking Dormancy
Rose- Floribunda Breaking Dormancy
Bee Balm (Monarda) Sprouting
Baby's breath Breaking Dormancy
Prairie Smoke Breaking Dormancy
Turnips, overwintered Sprouting
Brassica rapa (Rapa Group)
Spinach, broadcast Sprouting
Gooseberry Breaking Dormancy
Hosta, Savory Sprouting
Gooseberry (divided) Breaking Dormancy