Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What's Growin' On: 4-11-06

Now That's My Kind Of Garden Weed

Realization Of The Day:
I actually have more strawberry plants in the new bed than I previously thought. The few that survived sent out runners, and I found tiny plants hiding under the weeds. Now they are all nicely mulched with dry barn hay full of sheep manure (love that stuff--have six raised beds covered with it already), and the real count is 14 plants. They only fill about 1/3 of the bed (right now the rest has been taken over by tiny volunteer dill seedlings), so I guess I will not pinch back runners and just let them spread. That means no berries this year, but it will be worth it. I think.

Minding The Moonsigns:
(Yes I know I keep promising more information about this, and I will deliver--really.) In the meantime, some fertile 3rd quarter days are coming up: April 14th, 15th, 19th, and 20th. There aren't usually four in one cycle so we are very fortunate this month, as these are the days we all need more of this time of year. The moon will be waning (and drawing things "downward") so they are the perfect time for transplanting (seedlings into individual plugs, seedlings into garden, potted plants into larger pots, etc.) These are also the days you want to plant things that grow underground, like potatoes and garlic (but not onions--those go in the 1st quarter, and no, I don't know why). In most places, it's not too late to start a little spring garlic. More about that very soon.


  1. Thanks for the reminder about the fertile days. I just told my gardening co-worker about it and I was able to go back and explain why. We have Friday and Saturday off and the weather is heating up big time, so it is perfect timing for us to plant our 'maters.

  2. Planting strawberries is weird here. It's too hot in the summer to get a large crop, but it's just cold enough in winter that you have to watch them super-close. I think I'm going to plant some in the fall, but in their own raised bed so I can keep control better.

  3. Hi Laurie,
    My tomatoes have taken off and are just begging to be put into the ground. This is definitely a fun time of year in the garden--so much to look forward to. Perfect harvests in every daydream.

    Hi Amy,
    I know Florida is (or at least was) a big strawberry producer, so I'm sure you'll figure something out. Maybe certain varieties that do especially well in cooler weather? Or vice versa--heat tolerant types? A garden without strawberries is simply too depressing. : )

  4. My violets are blooming too and we're nowhere near 88 (!) degrees yet. Mint's going crazy, strawberries are running all over, time to get out there and work.


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