March

IMG_0840

A little snow we had a month ago.

March was very busy in the garden. We had a very mild and wet winter. March was very warm and windy…very windy. I wanted to get a head start in the garden and found myself outside for at least a while most every day.

I was all set to post this the last day of March and then was having computer problems.

IMG_0855

IMG_0860

The forsythia blossoms fill the view from the kitchen window.

IMG_0862

Frida and Eartha. This has become one of Frida’s favorite spots.

IMG_0863

We have two broody hens so Dave built this broody box to keep them separate from the others and close to the ground for little chicks.

IMG_0865

I don’t have an exact count, but I think one is sitting on about nine eggs and the other is sitting on four.

IMG_0866

Dave was inspired by Norm of Geezer Farm and got these drip hoses and the row cover for the cabbages. He also got a timer for the hoses. Should all help with the watering and hopefully the cloth will keep away the cabbage worms.

We planted parsnips, turnips, carrots, beets and radishes here.

IMG_0867

Preparing these beds were part of our garden work in March. Brought these pine logs from the orchard area to define the bed and hold back the soil

IMG_0868

Also using logs to keep the chickens out of the barn garden. Note the branches sticking up from the fence. Also to deter the chickens since the can also fly over the fence.

IMG_0869

They know good things are in the barn garden and are looking in.

IMG_0870

Over the winter we also enlarged the compost area. The compost is starting to look good. Lots of worms!

IMG_0871

Here is the kitchen garden. Put in some lettuce and onions starts from Milmont nursery. Also planted some onions I started from seed and sowed lettuce, spinach, collards, chard, parsley, orach, anise and dill.

IMG_0872

Here are the Tom Thumb lettuce sprouts. They came up first. They form small heads of lettuce – about 3 inches if I remember correctly.

IMG_0873

I’ve been weeding and thinning and giving the seedlings to the broody hens.

IMG_0874

Inside the rounded fence are the garlic and shallots.

IMG_0876

Just one of many borage volunteers.

IMG_0877

Dug up a lot of grass and weeds to define the border. We’ve already added a rock border and will be back soon with some photos.

IMG_0878

Much more work to be done here. This is the front side yard. It was probably once a beautiful flower bed but with the magnolia and holly bush it was hidden from our view. It was also full of weeds among the flowers so we decided with the wonderful sloped southern exposure we’d make it a veggie bed. We moved peonies and day lilies from this bed and plan to plant our tomatoes and either melons, squash or sweet potatoes here.

IMG_0879

We planted these azaleas – two on each side – where the boxwoods had been. I should have taken a before photo. The boxwoods were damaged by snow falling from the roof two winters ago. The were starting to come back but were rather wonky. We decided to plant the azaleas and hope the damage done to the boxwoods were a freak accident.

IMG_0880

I planted two creeping thyme plants I started from seed last year and they have really taken off in this spot.

IMG_0881

The native bee balm has really spread as well.

IMG_0882

IMG_0883

Some transplanted peonies in one of the front crescents shaped flower beds.

IMG_0884

Pretty violets.

IMG_0885

Lots of weeding needed here.

IMG_0886

I think these are called Bells of Ireland. From photos I could find online the bells should be more like spires. I think the warming and freezing that defines our springs around here are not good for this plant. Will have to keep an eye on it and decide whether it stays or goes.

IMG_0887

I think these might be Roman Dark Blue Hyacinths. I happened upon a photo that looks like them on the Old House Gardens website.

IMG_0888

periwinkle

IMG_0889

rocks for our flower bed borders.

IMG_0890

Beautiful now but this bush gets very overgrown over the summer. I plan to cut it back hard when the blooms have faded and maybe moving some of it to the front pasture to add some color there.

IMG_0891

Moved some of the sweet woodruff that was in this bed and looking like it was getting too much summer sun. There is a stump and tree roots here so it had been shaded before which is where it does well. Added some day lilies and delphiniums from Milmont.

IMG_0892

Digging the border for the addition of rocks.

IMG_0893

IMG_0894

IMG_0895

IMG_0898

Love the spring green of the early willow leaves.

IMG_0899

A bleeding heart

IMG_0900

added some columbines from Milmont

IMG_0902

IMG_0903

IMG_0904

IMG_0905

love our Virginia bluebells – just beginning to bloom

IMG_0910

the transplanted sweet woodruff to the left of the tulips.

IMG_0911

Hoping the clematis uses the sticks to climb upon. They refused the fence last year.

IMG_0912

False Indigo for the front bed with the statue. I think I killed the one that was in one of the back beds. Cut it back too far.

IMG_0913

It might like this bed more as they prefer full sun or partial shade.

We’ll see. I’m learning so much. Reading Barbara Damrosch’s A Garden Primer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *