[From top to bottom: 1) the garden today, April 2011 / 2) Loki the neighbourcat / 3) hops plant - Cascade variety / 4) last minute decision to plant a cucumber plant or two / 5) Anaheim pepper & Black cherry tomato transplants]
Currently working on:
- The raised bed area. It's weedy, uneven (I keep twisting my ankle!), the squash are rapidly outgrowing their starter pots and it's the last visibly untidy part of the garden. When we conquer this section, we have the trash pile to go, and then we're kings of the yard.
- Keeping the aphids off my tomato plants. They almost destroyed my otherwise healthy Italian American plant, as well as my sanity. I was recommended Safer by a good friend, and it seems to be working - things are bouncing back. For some reason the ladybugs just aren't in the yard this year.
- Filling the side yard with inexpensive plants. Succulents are being picked up month by month, and I'm in need of an aparagus fern. I've planted some strawberries. Yet this is not enough. I need more mulch, more flowers, more coverage to stave off the weeds. It often feels like a larger project than the entire back yard. I'm so glad it gets easier every year.