Please let the Spring Gardening begin! Mother nature was not kind this year. It was a long, cold Michigan Winter….
We had every intention of covering our raised garden beds with newspapers and leaves to help save the nutrients, but the snow arrived in November and never really melted.
Get out the Shovels
Last year, we tempted fate and planted our garden before Memorial Day. We nearly lost all our plants to frost. This year, we were good and waited. On Sunday, we broke out the shovels, uncovered our tattoos and played in the dirt.
Chuck quickly turned the soil and added some manure to give it a boost.
We bought our plants on Saturday during the Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market from Tantre Farm.
Charlie the dog was very excited to have Chuck at his level.
It is nice to see Chuck’s tattoos again- short sleeves and shorts!
Radishes are great bug repellents! We sprinkle radish plants all over the garden. Hopefully we have enough to keep the Loopers away. Whoa! Last year it was Garden apocalypse when the loopers invaded.
Last year we lost our entire tomato crop to the “blight” so this year we gave each plant plenty of room to breath.
We scaled back on the number zucchini plants too. Lord, we had way too much zucchini last year!
We have two varieties of kale this year. Kale plants last all summer long. Just harvest a few of the bottom leaves each week. We still have some in the freezer from last year.
Last year we lost all our basil plants during the tomato blight. We have 8 plants this year! Hopefully we can make some pesto!
No garden is complete without a few hop plants.
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