I hope you’re all able to start enjoying spring, now that the calendar has officially called it! It’s about time – I feel for those of you who’ve been dealing with so much cold and snow. We’ve been so far ahead of our normal climate schedule, it’s like the country is more schizophrenic than usual. The grape hyacinths are not only blooming, they’re old, with browned bottoms already – and I’ve always cut them for our daughters birthday. I’m not sure they’ll be usable by then, they’re already a bit past their prime for a cut flower. Sheesh. Oh well, they’re still beautiful in the garden, as you can see in my collage below. 🙂 On to the Tuesday Garden Party-
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From your host this week, me!
You gotta know it’s spring from this collage, right? Tulips, Brunnera, Grape Hyacinths, and transplants of lettuce, spinach, Chinese cabbage and onions. I’m ready and I sure hope those of you in the midwest and east are seeing signs of spring where you are, too! What you don’t see is that I also planted seeds of snap and snow peas, some lettuce seeds, and I harvested the first of the asparagus. Ah, that first asparagus tastes so wonderful – I like it roasted just until tender…yum.
When I went to the garden the day after planting the lettuce transplants, I realized I wanted to share something with you – or those of you who deal with slugs and snails – that I learned the hard way:
Always buy a non-toxic slug/snail bait to use when planting your tender leafy seedlings. This photo above was taken less than 24 hours after planting – if I had forgotten to sprinkle the bait (I use Sluggo) more than half the seedlings would’ve been gone. There were trails everywhere. It’s a waste of time, money, and effort otherwise – and I have lost entire plantings before. You can try baiting with beer traps, but I don’t want to risk the seedlings, so I need something to encircle them. How do you all deal with slugs and/or snails, if you have them? Ever lost whole plantings to them – like an entire bed of tomatoes?
Well, on to better thoughts – like your features from last week! These are awesome, guys – I’ve already started using cinnamon on my indoor seedlings and plants to keep the gnats down and been inspired by Mindy’s new garden bed. Check them all out:
1. There’s always room for A New Planting Bed @RindyMae
2. Gotta try 8-Minute Baked Collard Chips @Restored Roots
3. Who knew there were Chicken Supplies to Buy at The Dollar Store? @Murano Chicken Farm
4. Peas planted on St. Patrick’s Day – and more @Wild West Gardeners
5. You won’t believe these 6 Reasons Plants Love Cinnamon @Feathers in the Woods
Link up your new shares below – looking forward to seeing what’s going in in your gardens!