Check out my new neighbors!
These little guys arrive yesterday morning and are about the sweetest things you ever did see. Their mom and I are negotiating around each other, since she built the nest in a bush very close to the spot where I'm trying to plant a garden. When I realized a nest was going in I was tempted to just leave the area alone so as to Protect Life and everything, but I figured that a bird who plants her nest 3 feet off the ground in a bush may just have to deal with some things. I just hope she doesn't have to deal with cats. Am keeping my eye out for cats.
It's time for a Garden Progress Report. Remember the plot I got started in the back?
It still looks a lot like this, except for the part where 5 of the 6 strawberry plants died and I had to go buy more to replace them. Turns out you are maybe supposed to cover your strawberry plants when you know it is going to snow. $6 lesson, right there.
Only 2 of the sweet pea seeds I planted have sprouted. Possibly this was because I soaked the seeds overnight but then forgot about them and left them in the water for too long. Oversoaking might be a thing.
I thought my lettuce was coming up (in the space between the strawberry rows) but it turned out to be weeds. Not sure what that's about. Planted more this morning.
Also planted in this space: beets, radishes, spinach, peas. We shall see.
And since I got bored of having a not-aching back, I decided to go ahead and do this:
This was my neighbor's garden patch last year, but she moved out and nobody else expressed an interest in the space. So I pulled a Jean Valjean and dug up about eleventy billion pounds of rock. Added in 4 bags of compost, some gypsum, some fertilizer, and bam. On the far end I have peas, carrots, lettuce, and spinach coming up. I just put wildflower seed in that strip lining the building.
Am still thinking about what and how much to put in the empty spots, like zucchini, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. This is the first year I've looked into companion planting, which has been helpful. ("Peas and the onion family are enemies. Check." "Do not plant strawberries where tomatoes have been. Good save, was totally about to do that.") Want to get some marigold and nasturtium to come be veggie buddies.
The tricky thing is that the plot in the back only gets morning sunlight, and the plot in the front only gets afternoon sunlight. And the Internet keeps contradicting itself and confusing me about which plants are better for each so now I'm a bit paralyzed and convinced I'm going to just kill everything no matter what. Am tempted to just try stuff in both and test it out myself. Does anybody here have some wisdom?
Also, just to make me feel better, does anybody else already have a death count going?