Visit from the Easter Bunny

Yard Rabbit

Yard Rabbit

One of our yard rabbits came out this morning and grazed.  In an exclusive interview he assured us that we have seen the last frost now, and everything will be smooth sailing henceforth.  Given that temperatures in the past two days have reached the 80s/90s and that the whether-man (no that’s not a misspelling) is predicting lows in the 60s for a few days, he might even be right.

The redbud is putting out leaves now, the very first azalea blossoms are starting to open. The figs and apples and blueberries are leafing out nicely.

Redbud

Redbud

Apple Tree

Apple Tree

We made a garden grid (blank) and filled them out by hand.  A truncated version of our spring grid is attached herein.  We also track (on the real hardcopy) date of planting, which boxes will be available for the first fall plantings, which boxes had tomatoes in 2009 (including blight), or other plantings that we don’t want to repeat (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, squash, melons, cucumbers) so that our crop rotation remains healthy.  We also mark which boxes will need which trellis grids and what height they will be, so we can determine that yes in fact, we are short of trellises.  It turns out we will need at least some more 6′ trellis sections this year, and we might as well grab a few more of other sizes so we’re prepared for later.  We keep a separate listing of which items are in containers, like horseradish, those herbs we are turning into perennials, etc.

Main Grid

Main Grid

Side Grid

Side Grid

Some of the early radishes are already making.  The onion sets are taking off.  The volunteer tarragon we transplanted into a container looks great, as do the 5 horseradish plants we put in a container last year.

The moonflower vines are coming up strong.  We still have multiple seed pods on the ground from last year, and I’m considering collecting them and seeing if I can distribute moonflower seeds to friends and family.

The potatoes are already pushing up out of the ground.  4 days ago, it was just one, the single Nikola that Ronniger’s sent us as a treat.  Since then the others have been poking their little green limbs out all over.

Tulips

Tulips!

Radishes

Radishes

Radish

Radish

Onion Sets

Onion Sets

Tarragon

Tarragon

Horseradish

Horseradish

Moonflower

Moonflower

Potatoes

Potatoes

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One Response to “Visit from the Easter Bunny”

  1. kitsapFG Says:

    I know rabbits are pests for the garden – but I still enjoy seeing them and am reluctant to shoosh them off!

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