Tuesday, May 13, 2008


I've spent bits of sanity time doing things in the garden, but haven't had time to post. Our Mother's Day gardening plans were derailed by a trip to Lancaster. Probably won't have time to get out there again until after the weekend. Incredibly busy and stressful week.

But the peonies are about to bloom. One is starting to loosen up. There are iris right behind, and I don't know how much bigger the yarrow can get without exploding.

I have been shearing parts of the grass and mulching with it. Weeding the onions and carrots. Reduced the pill bug population in the potato bucket by just scooping them out with a spoon and throwing them in the neighbor's desert-like yard. DD11 put some in her bug tank and has been reading about them - who knew they were crustaceans? Got the germinated parsnip seeds planted in the cardboard tubes, and a whole lot of garlic chives in a trough. The stolen Sedum seems to be doing OK.

Disappointed that I have now missed both the Master Gardener Sale and the Vo-Tech greenhouse sale. Maybe we will go up to the Kutztown Produce Auction one day soon - I know they have plants, as well as huge quantities of produce, if I start putting up more food.

Idea from a garden blog: a re-seeding garden full of annuals that reseed themselves. Forget-me-nots, larkspur, cleome, snapdragons, sweet alyssum, portulaca. Might be a good informal idea for Mom's side yard along the fence.

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