Spring is in the air – I can smell it. In between the crazy amounts of rain we’ve been getting, we had a few days of temperatures in the low 70’s and I’m getting excited for the change of seasons.
There is a definite sequence of events that happens when spring begins around here. First the Warrior’s Plume comes up and the Manzanita bushes start to bloom. Second, the wasps start crawling from my attic, through the pot lights, and into my bedroom.
I know, right??! Horrifying.
Both of these things happened this week! I always imagine that the time beginning after Christmas until spring planting is an eternity and I’ll have so much time to sew. Sigh. It never works out that way. But that’s ok, I am excited about things to come.
We’ve gotten busy preparing for this year’s garden. My husband is building planter boxes that are lined with gopher wire because last year the resident gophers ate all of my summer squash and a few tomato plants. It was super disappointing. Fingers crossed this does the trick.
I am also trying harder to organize my plants for easier watering. This will be my second year with a big garden – my last go-around I got overwhelmed and planted things in a disorderly fashion. That caused some areas to not get watered properly. This year I am going to give square foot gardening a try, and I’ve also ordered some bed covers so that I can start some plants before the last frost date in our area (which is mid April). My goal is to have a first harvest earlier than I did last year – we didn’t get to pick anything until July 13th.
Here is a picture of the start of our garden remodel:
Gardening is such a huge learning process. I sure do wish my gramps was around so I could ask him for advice. I guess I will have to learn things the long way.