Spring planting

The weather was so warm two weeks ago, so I had to get out there and begin my spring planting. Apollo was my helper when it came to planting my Dahlia bulbs.  He likes digging and he really loved playing with all of the worms we encountered.

When he finished with me, he took some time to play with his dad! He has had these since he was really little but he is really too big for them but it was fun watching them ride around the driveway!

Every year, for some time now, I take my father-in-law plant shopping for his father’s day gift. We learned a few years ago that it’s better to go right after Mother’s day to get the best plants. So off we went, I didn’t go with a plan. I just browsed but I bought much more perennials which really makes me happy since they will return each year. 

I also began buying some vegetable plants for my veggie beds. The day we went shopping it was in the 90s so we went shopping early and I waited until Saturday do my planting.

I managed to get a good start but much more to do. My wireless headphones broke so I need to find another inexpensive option to use when I am out in the garden. I like to listen to my audiobooks and podcasts while I mess around in the garden.  Last year, I learned the hard way using headphones with wires and I accidentally cut the cord.  Yup, it happened.  So Bluetooth all the way. I am hoping to get out in the garden later today to continue work in the garden. Have a fantastic weekend!


Preparing this year’s vegetable garden

Leao and dad preparing one of the vegetable beds

Well this week, the weather was agreeable so I took the opportunity to get started on my vegetable beds.  Leao made three of them for me last year which was my first try at vegetable gardening.  I really enjoyed it and established a new found respect at all the vegetable gardener’s in the world. So after Leao and my father-in-law worked the soil for me, my mother-in-law and I planted seeds and a few plants.

Last year when Leao built the beds for me I told him I wanted to try the Square Foot Gardening method. He built me three 3′ x 8′ raised beds. So this year it was only a matter of amending the soil before putting in my plants.  So it was a lot easier.  I am trying my hand at more seeds this year so we will find out what happens.

Mom in the flower garden

My mother-in-law helped me with one of my flowerbeds while we waited for Leao and dad to finish preparing the vegetable beds. I bought a few annuals to tuck in my raised bed in the back yard. She didn’t know I took this picture but I think it is such a pretty shot of her. Her clothes even match the flowers.


Nicholas watering vegetable beds


Nicholas even helped by watering the beds after the seeds were planted. He doesn’t often choose to participate but the new garden attachment was too much for him to resist.

I planted some new vegetables this year along with the favorites. I really wanted to grow some Bok Choy and never saw the full plant before only what I by at the market so I was thrilled when one of my favorite garden center’s had the plants available for purchase. The leaves are so pretty and they have a pretty little yellow flower on the top.

If I am successful this year, I will plan for more next year.  I have always loved gardening. My mum had amazing gardens and knew so much. She really instilled in me the appreciation and respect for nature. I was always intimidated to start a vegetable garden. I have had great success with my flower gardens but vegetables seemed to be something on a new level. But last year I took the plunge and never looked back.  So much fun and such a yummy result, I don’t know why I hadn’t started vegetable gardening sooner.


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