I think we can officially say the Spring is here to stay and we are looking at Summer already! I am so very happy to see no more evidence of days in the 60s in the forecast for high temperature or even 70s for that matter!
The gorgeous weather has had us outside much more often lately. Tyler has learned to ride his bike without training wheels and Ryan is getting better at his scooter and balance bike. We have been swimming multiple times per week in my in-law’s new pool. The boys both have about a month of school left and it’s time for summer break!
Most of the herb garden is doing pretty well. I planted a few more seeds in the basil jar. I trimmed back the leaves and have them hanging to dry out, but nothing was growing back.
The cilantro continues to grow. I’ve trimmed it a few times and dried the herbs, but that hasn’t affected it at all. If anything, it tends to grow better once it gets a nice trim.
I think the oregano is gone, although I haven’t quite given up on it yet, it hasn’t grown for a while now. I didn’t realize it had been extremely overwatered at one point, and there was water puddled in the jar.
The parsley is barely hanging in there. It continues to have new growth, but very slowly. Only two or three stalks will grow at once. I trim those back and it doesn’t seem to affect it either way.
My newest addition to the herb garden is thyme. It’s hard to see in this photo, but I crossed out the dill and changed the label. The dill wasn’t growing and we haven’t been using it as much lately. I had some thyme seeds so went ahead and planted that.
Fruit & Vegetable Garden
Our indoor tomato plants are still growing and thriving. At one point, we didn’t think much would end up coming from it, but it proved us wrong! I continued to water the entire thing, and we would have new sprouts randomly show up. Some of the bigger ones are going to be ready to transplant into the backyard garden soon.
The mint is going strong (shocker!) but the rest of the vegetable garden was a flop. The mint is still growing from two starter plants that we bought almost two years ago now. They love moist soil, so it’s the perfect area for it since that side of the yard doesn’t drain as well.
Funny story: when the boys carved pumpkins last year, they threw a bunch of the seeds into their garden beds. It was on my list of ideas for the backyard to tear those up and put sod down again. We haven’t been using them and not taking care of it. But a few weeks ago, a plant started pushing through. Justin looked it up and, sure enough, we have a pumpkin plant growing there from the seeds at Halloween!
We planted three different types of lettuce, and they are all growing really well. It only has another month or so, and the temperatures will probably get too warm for the lettuce. Around June to July, our lettuce typically starts to bolt from the heat. Right now, we have been able to harvest some of each, but there’s a lot more almost ready. We planted green leaf lettuce (furthest), spinach (middle), and arugula (closest).
Finally, our blackberry bush is about to explode with berries! We’ve always heard it takes a good two full years for a blackberry bush to produce, and it’s true! This has been back here for a long time now. While we’ve been able to get a few berries here and there, it’s nothing like the number of buds we see right now. It’s covered with flowers, and many of them are starting to turn into very tiny berries already.
The banana trees are starting to show a lot of new green leaves on most of them. There are a few that never grew back after the cold winter and few touches of frost we had, so those are going to be cut down soon. We have quite a few little pups shooting up from the ground already!
Back Yard & Front Yard Plants
In the backyard, we are starting to see a lot of blooms. The lilies are adding so much color to the landscape. We have had quite a few of the Asiatic Lilies open up in the last week, and a lot more that are really close. I know we have a few different colors back there, but so far the orange is the only ones to have bloomed.
We have also had a couple of canna lilies bloom, too. These don’t usually flower until they get much taller, though, so I expect a lot more from them in the next month or two.
The rest of the backyard is starting to get very green! I hate the winter when everything is brown and dead. It’s so dreary out there. This lush, green backyard is what I love.
Similar to the plants in the backyard, the ones in the front have almost no signs of the frost we had during the winter. The ferns are growing in a little bit, we just have to remember to water them. They tend to get forgotten since the sprinklers don’t reach them hanging on the porch and we usually go in and out through the garage.
What’s New in the Garden?
Over the past month, we discovered the pumpkin plants I mentioned earlier. The boys are so excited about that and think it would be so awesome if we had a couple of pumpkins grow to be able to use for Halloween this year. Who knows, you may see some featured in some of my fall recipes over on SonShineKitchen.com!
Other than that, we haven’t done anything new just yet. We do have a few projects in mind for the upcoming weeks before it gets too hot to enjoy the backyard.
Current Favorite Garden Products
We have a few things to get done in the garden, and having the right tools makes the job easy. We’ve been using the small watering can to carefully water the herbs without putting too much in there. The hatchet is the only thing that can get through the thick banana trees when we need to trim those back. And the pruning shears are perfect for the more delicate work of picking a few roses or lilies to bring inside.
Last Month’s To-Do List
Continue watering often until everything sprouts
- Clean out the dead leaves in the plants now that there won’t be any more frost
- Nope, still need to do this
- Move the tomato sprouts to the garden
- They weren’t ready yet
Track down and get rid of wasp nests near the house (Justin’s job, not mine!)
View the full April update here.
Current Garden To-Do List
- Transplant the tomato plants that are ready for the backyard garden
- Trim back the banana trees that haven’t regrown
- Get seeds and/or starter plants for the vegetable garden
- Bell Peppers
- Buy new oregano seeds to plant in the herb garden
- Watch the blackberries closely to pick just before ripe so the birds don’t eat them like before
- Pull weeds from all garden beds in the back and front yard
- Do you have any plants growing in your house and/or yard?
- What would you like to have homegrown in the kitchen?
- Tell me your favorite color of bell pepper since we can’t decide which to plant.
- Have you overwatered a plant to the point that it killed the plant? How about forgotten to water?