I was too busy playing outside in my “Happy Place” to post all long weekend long, I came inside only for supper and church. In my Happy Place the birds were singing, the sun shining, the blossoms popping, the girls giggling, even when it was raining. In a word, perfect.
We decided to finally make a permanent blueberry bed beside the shed. This is the “before” shot.
Weeded and cleaned up.
We mixed in extra peat moss to raise the pH and compost for nutrient content. Because I hate weeding (I think I have mentioned that before!), we secured black landscape fabric to 14 foot deck boards, laid it over the garden, cut out planting marks and popped in the blueberries. We planted 2 “Pink Lemonade”, a “North Blue”, a “Blue Gold” and an “Elliot” to ensure pollination and different harvest times if any berries make it past the wee girl and the birds…
We will mulch after a good watering for looks and moisture retention.
The patio perennial bed (highlighted by a completely bezerk Goji berry plant) and the Haskap berry hedge around the deck got tidied up and edged. We got a few Haskap berries last year, but are very hopeful as this year the 3 year old plants have gotten significantly bigger and are all blooming. We have 3 varieties of Haskaps; they need pollinators. I also planted my “Veteran” peach that I picked out for Mother’s Day. I am really hoping and praying that it does well in this spot, the thought fresh peaches is already making me drool!
A close up of the pretty little yellow flowers. Haskap berries are the first to ripen in Nova Scotia, hopefully by the end of June.
Gorgeous Peach blossoms! This variety, Veteran, is supposed to be very hardy and produce in Nova Scotia…time will tell. For now, the blossoms smell divine and the colour is so pretty.
In front of the shed we are attempting to grow Magic Hardy kiwi. They are “magic” because male and female vines were planted together to make baby kiwis…explain that one to my wee girl…The vines on the right were planted last year and survived the winter very well so we planted a second one on the other side to match. We haven’t gotten any of the bite sized fur-less kiwis yet, but there are a few blossoms this year.
Boyne and Nova Raspberries and Cabot Strawberries – something is nibbling the leaves of the Strawberries and book toy this year, but I not sure what. It wouldn’t really matter if I did though, I won’t spray my children’s food for the sake of a few holes. We just call them “hole-y” leaves when we say Grace!
In the front yard, we have many crabapples and what I think was a cherry. I forgot to note it my book and the tag blew off. The pictures are a bit fuzzy because of the wind, but can anyone tell me if this is in fact a cherry? It could also be a plum…Oooops.
All the veggie beds are now turned (except for the rogue overwintered Kale. I didn’t have the heart!). I covered and secured all of the rows with weed barrier and laid straw and cardboard between the rows. 3 beds of “Cheiftain” potatoes got planted. I dug holes and covered the seed potato with about 2 inches of dirt. The extra dirt and mulch straw is all read in bins beside the garden for when the green shoots need to be hilled. This method worked really well for me last year! Planting will begin in earnest over the next 2 weekends, We still have to worry about frost until the first full moon in June (according to my Grandma).
And of course, the hoop tunnels are growing great! I have yet to see any broccoli poke up though, luckily we have seedings we can transplant if necessary. And then some…Ooops!
So that was my looking weekend in my Happy Place – how was yours?!
“In my “Happy Place”…will be back never.” – Not sure where I heard this one, but I think it is what my hubby thought about me all weekend!