Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Day garden update

 Happy May Day! We've been working hard in the garden lately and everything is growing and thriving. I'm getting so much pleasure from working outside this spring!


The mixed annuals are so pretty right now.


The sky one afternoon last week. That beautiful blue.


For the first time, my pomegranate tree is covered in flower buds! And although you can't really tell in this picture, a pair of cardinals have made a nest back in there which we have a great view of from the window in our den.


We took down half of an old wooden picket fence that was leaning and sagging and generally looking bad. This is a trellis we built yesterday from wood that we saved. Waste not, want not, right? This is where I'll be planting the cantaloupes tomorrow. I bought compost and garden soil to mix into the planting holes.

Gregg would not be happy that I'm sharing this picture, but you can really tell how the tomatoes have grown in it and capturing his image was an accident. Shhhh....nobody tell him!




Finally, more repurposed wooden pickets that I put behind the five biggest indeterminate tomatoes this morning. They will serve as stakes to tie the plants to when they start to get tall.

Happy May Day!

47 comments:

  1. your garden looks lovely!
    it pleased me to see all the pretty things growing...and gregg too!
    thank you for repurposing that nice wood!

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    1. The wood was on its way to either the burn pile or the dump, so I was pleased to be able to get some use out of it! Thank you for the nice words!

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  2. Nice garden. Repurposing is so smart. I do that a lot. And I am so jealous of you and the pomegranate!

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    1. The pomegranate has exploded into flower buds everywhere! I'm excited to see what happens this year with it.

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  3. I'm liking your garden, and especially the recycled trellis. And composting cord, no nails. Well done. I originally wrote "string" there, but went back and changed it to cord. No decent farmer uses string! It's cord all the way.

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  4. Your Toms are a bit bigger than mine. I covered mine over last night, as we were forecast low temperatures. It didn't happen, but I'll leave them protected for one more night. I wonder which of us will have the first ripe Tomato????

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    1. I just found my first tiny tomato fruit! How are your tomato plants doing?

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  5. Oh your garden is so pretty and I can't believe how big you pomegrante tree is. Love the trellis hope you have some pretty to train on it. After you cantaloupes start to get bigger they have these plastic bowls with holes in them to keep the fruit off the ground and not be sitting in water and mud.


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    1. The pomegranate has a really sheltered, South facing placement and it apparently loves the spot! I'll believe I can grow melons when I see it--but I'll have fun trying!

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  6. What a wonderful garden you have there! How exciting that you will have cardinal babies you can see through the window.

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    1. We saw a female cardinal sitting on the nest this morning!

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  7. I love the repurposed fence wood! Poor Greg. I promise not to tell. (But if I were Greg I wouldn't be happy with that photo, either.) You caught him at such an odd moment, it almost looks as if he were photoshopped INto the image. Your garden is going to be beautiful.

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    1. I certainly didn't take his picture on purpose! :)

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  8. Repurposing bits of the old fence was clever and shows a good attitude. To have new feathered neighbours living in your tree is lovely! Will Marco hear and see them?

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    1. I doubt Marco will be able to see or hear much of them due to the location of the nest. He probably wouldn't be very interested anyway, though.

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    1. They're beautiful birds and very common here.

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  10. Getting your hands dirty, sowing seeds and helping plants to grow. All of this is good for our mental health. I applaud the fact that you recycled the fencing timber.

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    1. My mental health needs all the help it can get! :)

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  11. The garden looks great! And what a great reuse of the fence!!

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  12. I like those pickets, even if they do look a little like grave stones. Oh to to have the weather to grow tomatoes that tall outside

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    1. Gravestones? Oy!! Lol. Hopefully they'll look less creepy once the tomatoes grow tall enough!

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  13. Hi there! visiting from anne marie in philly's place and am so glad to discover another gardener! It all looks great, and I love the re-use of the old pickets. That's not only a cool look, it's practical. I promise I will not tell a soul about you know who being you know where. Shh.

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    1. Hi!! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I'll have to go pay your blog a visit and check out your garden! :)

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  14. I love seeing your garden thriving! I know how much you must love it.

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  15. Things are looking great! I think it must be warmer there than it is here. :)

    Good for you for repurposing the old fence. We all should be so conscientious.

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    1. It's been a good bit warmer here than in London, I'm sure.

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  16. It will be so fun to watch all of your plants grow and reap the rewards of all of your hard work! Good job!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I'm having a lot of fun with it and that's the main thing.

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  17. I CERTAINLY WON'T TELL GREGG, YOUR HUSBAND WHO TRUSTS YOU, ABOUT THE PICTURE. NO, NOT I (tee-hee). You're doing so well with your gardening, and it's nice that Gregg's still working with you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Tee hee!!! I love this comment! Thanks Janie!

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    1. Thank you John! I'd tell him you said so except that would be telling on myself!

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  19. The trellis is very clever. I like repurposing things.

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    1. We've never done much repurposing but that may change after this!

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  20. there is nothing so nice as spring time in a garden with its promise of good things coming - particularly the tomatoes.

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    1. I adore home grown tomatoes. The quintessential flavor of summer!!

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