Monday, May 13, 2013
Garden update: May 2013
It's an understatement to say that the weather hasn't been very cooperative this spring. Right after I took these photos, an unseasonably late storm covered my tulips in 3 inches of snow. I can't complain, though, because we need the moisture after last summer's drought.
We're doing a lot of yard work this spring. We finally cut down the old wisteria vine that tore the shingles off our back porch. I'll miss the spring blooms, but I won't miss how the vine covered the back of our house every summer. Anyhow, that's why our yard is looking a little rough in my photos. That, and the snow.
I planted a few lettuce and radish seeds back in April. Because the temps dropped right after I planted them, it took a month before they popped out of the ground. But they're growing a little bit every day.
To get myself in the gardening mood, I bought myself a fancy pair of gloves at the farm store. Don't worry. They'll get dirty soon enough!
I stopped at Holub greenhouse in Ames before Mother's Day and was surprised to find a nice selection of strawberry plants. I planted them again in Stack-a-Pots. I had good luck with the everbearing strawberries last year. As long as I kept them watered and fertilized regularly, I had strawberries to pick all summer long. I never really get a lot of strawberries, but it's still a fun backyard project.
Just for fun, I bought two varieties of ever-bearing strawberries: Fort Laramie and Tristar. I'm curious to see how different they will be from each other.
My tulips are about done blooming now, but they were beautiful while they lasted. I planted yellow, orange and red tulips to match my neighbor's same-colored tulips. I wish the tulips would bloom all year!
How's your garden growing this spring? Did the unusually cold weather slow or alter your gardening plans? I still haven't planted my potted flowers yet, because the temps were close to freezing this last weekend.