The Impatient Gardener

Garden also features columbine in various colors.
Garden also features columbine in various colors.

Garden 2014 is underway. Last fall I cleared out a lot of weeds and dead vegetation that had accumulated over a period of some neglect. I also located the hoses and sprinklers that make up the irrigation system — these had been buried in the tangle of plants.

This year’s garden will be quite a bit more organized and I am taking advantage of the entire space. The compost pile is three times larger. All the beds have been dug and shaped and de-weeded. It’s been so warm that I have planted some things early. I check the garden a few times a day in an attempt to try and speed things up …

Not sure what this plant is, but it has a pretty pink flower despite being pretty aggressive in the garden.
Not sure what this plant is, but it has a pretty pink flower despite being rather aggressive in the garden.

The ongoing project of pulling or relocating approximately 40,000 volunteer sunflower plants will keep me occupied all summer. This year’s veg lineup includes:

  • cornhigh as a house finch’s eye right now, barring late spring frost!
  • potatoes
  • carrots taking their sweet time coming up, thank you very much
  • beans — not planted yet
  • garlic — planted last fall
  • various and sundry herbs
  • sweet peas and snap peas
  • kale and cabbage
  • tomatoes and chili peppers— in the on-deck circle, started inside in the mini greenhouse, on a heat mat
    Not much going on yet, but as the days warm things will start moving. I check several times a day ...
    Not much going on yet, but as the days warm things will start growing. 
    Garlic is doing great!
    Garlic is doing great!
    The "frog pond" attracts only hornets right now, despite the cool solar powered disco light.
    The “frog pond” attracts only hornets right now, despite the cool solar powered disco light. The plants around it are filling in nicely.

    Potatoes are planted in the round hollows.
    Potatoes are planted in the round hollows. Carrots, tomatoes and peppers will go in the boxed bed.

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