|My Japanese Maple is starting to leaf out. In the fall it turns a beautiful orange/red color. It is a species that does really well in containers and stays relatively small.|
This past weekend I purchased 9 bags of soil and tons of plants and veggies to start my gardening. Although we had pretty nasty weather on Sunday I found motivation between rain storms and ran outside while the sun was out and finished more than I thought.
Sunday I planted my veggies for the year: sungold, brandywine and early girl tomatoes, bush beans, zucchini, butternut squash, eggplant and some marigold to deter pests from eating my plants.
|My potatoes are already poking up through the soil and compost from when I first planted them last month|
|Now I will bury them back up completely and continue this process until the whole container is filled with soil and compost.|
|The veggie garden. Last year we added too many plants to this small space. This year I think I planted the bed just full enough.|
I also hung a beautiful hanging basket and planted some impulse buy flowers to make some flowering pots that will hopefully attract the hummingbirds. I will take a photo of it when its not raining outside.
While I was out in the garden I discovered a new garden pest. Gardeners already have deer, slugs, aphids, squirrels and rodents to deal with. I think I found one of the most destructive pests of all and she goes by the name of Charlotte! Being a puppy she likes to dig in the dirt and mud, which is no big deal. She also like to snip off blooming tulips and daffodils and jump into plants and destroy them. She has already ruined many iris buds and lupine stalks. She even gave my eggplant a nice hair cut before I even had it out of my plant box. At least I decided this year I wasn't going to fuss over what came up. If it can survive Charlotte, more power to the plant. I did decide to Charlotte proof my veggies and put chicken wire up around them so we would at least get some veggies this year.
|There she is, the anti-gardener.|
I will leave you with a few photos of the garden pest and her wild antics.
|Jumping up onto the porch|
|She loves rolling in the grass. This day she was eating a pineapple top while rolling.|