April Mid-Month Meanderings II

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Hey there friends! I’ve wanted to blog. I’ve meant to cook. I’ve even considered folding the laundry. Really, I have.

And.

Life.

Is.

Kicking.

My.

Ass.

grow and resist chicken white crested black polishSweet Calypso & her wild, wild hair!

Yesterday my role changed to Chicken RN. I have given my favorite chicken Calypso 4 warm baths. I given her olive oil and rubbed her chest. I have felt around inside in search of trapped eggs (if you don’t have chickens and this means nothing… just pretend you didn’t read it and I’ll spare you the more gory details). And she is now living in our dog’s kennel in the basement with a space heater trying to recover from something. Maybe she is egg bound. Or has an impacted crop. I’m doing what I can.

But enough of that. Want to check out the garden? Stick with me ~ I am learning to use a new camera! Yay!

grow and resist april mid month meanderings radishLook! Radish!

grow and resist april mid month meanderings applehoneycrisp apple starting to flower

grow and resist april mid month meanderings red flowering currantI just love the red flowering currant. I took a bunch of cuttings this year that seem to be rooting. I’ll plant them on our hillside if they do take.

grow and resist april mid month meanderings asparagusAsparagus! Yes! I counted 21 spears this morning!

grow and resist april mid month meanderings daffodilsWhere the beheaded daffodils go to rest. The Babylady loves to “collect” them. My mantra? “She’s learning to love gardening. Smile. She’s learning to love gardening. Patience. She’s learning to love gardening. Calm.”

grow and resist april mid month meanderings recycled plastic bottle clochesRecycling day? No, Im trying out using them as cloches & slug deterrent. Looks messy, but also looks better than when the bottles were in a pile in my driveway. Between the plastic bottles, the stacks of wine-bottles-soon-to-be-edging and all the random tomato cages, trellises etc, I was venturing into Hoarders territory.

grow and resist april mid month meanderings black currant and pea trellis/supportOur new black currant. Against the fence is some pea trellis. Sans peas sprouting. Sigh.

grow and resist april mid month meanderings perennials and bottle edgingSome unknown perennials I tucked in last year next to the original bottle edging. They are between the asparagus and one of the cane berry areas and I have no idea what they are. Anyone?

grow and resist april mid month meanderings cane berries in tomato cagesWe are trying something new this year! We planted our new cane berries (tayberry, boysenberry and marionberry) in tomato cages I made years ago. They are sturdy, 5 feet tall and seem like they would contain the berries well. I am excited to see how this works. Especially since I *think* I finally learned my lesson that overplanting tomatoes in the pacific northwest = waste of space.

grow and resist mid month meanderings apple blossomMore apple blossoms – this is the 5-way combo apple. I planted this last year in the dumbest place ever. After I had planted it the year earlier in an even dumber place. I was going to move it again, at the risk of killing it, and never got around to it. It is still growing. I couldn’t figure out a place to put it so it will fend for itself outside the fence and on a slope. Along with a 5-way asian pear and 5-way cherry. Good luck to them.

grow and resist mid month meanderings blueberriesAh, blueberries! We can never have enough blueberries!

grow and resist mid month meanderings parsley slug collarItsy bitsy parsley surrounded my homemade slug barrier.

grow and resist mid month meanderings lovageWelcome back lovage! I had forgotten where I planted you! And the strawberries are threatening to take over every square inch of garden. Those babes travel!

grow and resist mid month meanderings plum and overviewThe first plum tree, looking back to the other plum tree, the fig tree, the asparagus patch, the new cane berries and the mini aspen grove. Not a terribly interesting picture but I think I should be honest and show you the barren winter/early spring looks and not just the lush summer shots!

grow and resist mid month meandering daffodil and tulipSpring? The first daffodils give me hope. The first tulips give me promise!

grow and resist mid month meanderings barred rock chickenGratuitous fluffy chicken butt. The new barred rock chick exploring outside and discovering worms.

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