May 08, 2011

The Garden is Planted!

Today was a beautiful day, and I think we've passed the "last-frost" date for our region.  So it was time to get the garden planted. 
 We have a simple garden.  This year we planted broccoli and tomatoes in our small garden plot, and lots of containers of various sorts of hot peppers.  We don't need to have a really big garden, since we subscribe to Foxfire Acres CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Des Moines.  We started with a half-season half-share last year, and went with a full season half-share this year since we liked it so much.  We just don't have room to grow things like squash, pumpkins, watermelon or sweet corn.  You can't see it very well in the picture, but our grape vine survived the winter.  Maybe we'll get enough grapes for a little batch of jelly.

Last spring we planted raspberry bushes, and they've really done well. Too well, maybe!  Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to tame them a little bit?  I'm afraid to prune them much, in case I prune off the part of the plant that makes the berries!

Here's all our hot peppers, potted up.  We have Jalapeno, Cayenne, Serrano, and Asian peppers.

Jeffrey took time out to plant a Prairifire (yes, that's how it's spelled) crabapple.  I hope it will bloom this year.  Prairifires have a deep magenta pink blossom.  I've wanted one for a long time, and we found one at the HyVee grocery for under $40.  We've been babying it with deep daily watering.  It's replacing a very thorny, very overgrown flowering quince bush.  I don't mind pruning bushes, but not if they have thorns.

We also planted a little catnip for our kitties. I love this planter!  The tail and head bob slightly if it's a windy day.

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