March 11, 2014

More project progress

Everyone got involved today around the yard.  Josh and I spent the morning at a friend's house and then came home to work in the garden.  I thought I would share some progress pictures with you.  Some have asked for pictures.  I live to please!  LOL

This is our youngest and his father putting an olive tree in our front yard.  We bought the tree last July and have been babying it and waiting for March to put it in.  This is an experiment to see if olive trees will really grow in the desert.  It is a drought resistant variety and a self pollinating tree.  I will keep you posted.

She is a pretty little tree!

More progress was made on our front walkway this morning and it is going to be so nice when it is done.  I love the look of the flagstone and brick together.

A second turning of the garden happened today.  We have one more turning before it is ready to plant stuff in by the end of March.  I am getting a little bit of a late start but the end of March is still a good plan for getting it all in the ground.  Since the pecan tree has not blossomed yet I think there might be another cold snap on it's way.  Holding off a bit won't hurt.

I did some weeding in the herb garden and will be spending each day weeding one area between now and the end of March and then weeding as needed from that point on.  My beds got overgrown toward the end of the season and temps in the 70's during the day have the weeds coming in already.  It is a constant chore but it feels great to get my hands in the dirt again.

You can see the little bit of Collard Greens we have left in the bed along with the giant Rosemary shrub that needs a good pruning.  I will be amending the soil soon and adding some new herbs and flowers there soon

These are Southern Collards or Creole Collards depending on what you prefer.  Either way, they are delicious!

I still have some active mint this year but will be weeding that area soon to see what I have left in total.  Last year we did not have any mint winter through but it had gone to seed before the cold and dropped seeds that came up mid-summer.  I am glad to see some survived to get us started with mint early in the spring this year.

Our "orchard" is filling out again this year with peach blossoms blooming.  I have not seen a ton of bees yet.  I am hoping to plant some flowers to draw them to the yard more this year, too.

The kids put out peat moss, fertilizer and compost before turning the garden area over.  The work goes much more quickly when more hands are at work.  I have always told that "Many hands make light work."  I don't think they believe me but I saw it in action today.

Here is the bed after the second turning.  We will be adding one more layer of compost and fertilizer and then a good watering before planting.

Both of my apricot trees are flowering out nicely.

I found out this year that dill does not like summer but it loves fall and winter.  I think it might be time for a good fish dish with dill.

So, we are off to a great start and we have doubled out garden space this year.  I have some seeds to order now.  I have my list made and a plan in place.  So ready for some fresh veggies!

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