Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 21 - Happy May Long Weekend

The moment many gardeners have been waiting for - the May Long Weekend.  Here in Manitoba, it's gardening time!!!

Sadly, it's raining.  It's too wet to work in the garden, but not too wet to head to the garden store and buy whatever plants and supplies you're going to need once things dry up.

We were lucky to get a few more seeds and plants in the ground yesterday before the rain.

It was good to have the kids in the garden with me again.  Although I don't get much done when they're there, I enjoy their enthusiasm and unique perspective.  Melanie got to bring her friend Rebekkah which made it even more fun.

Famous lines for the day:

Aidan - "I think I'm going to garden like Dad this year."   This was his way of gently letting me know that his interest is waning and I'll only see glimpses of him in the garden this summer.  Sigh. I don't want to force him, I think he'll have more love for gardening if he gets to control his participation.  Maybe the key is getting his Dad more involved.

Melanie - "I want to plant flowers in the shape of an M and Rebekkah can plant flowers in the shape of an R." Melanie is a creative, outgoing spirit.  Gardening with friends and creating unique designs will capture her attention.

Melanie and Rebekkah planted flowers in an M and an R shape and some celery.  I think there were a few extra seeds which accidently fell out of the package, we'll see what happens.

Aidan planted a couple of rows of carrots and then decided to give me the rest of his patch to plant beets and ground cherries.

We also planted some Golden Nugget squash, zucchini, borage, corn flowers, bee's friend (flower), marigolds and our first patch of corn.

So far in the garden we have: garlic, leeks, onions, carrots, corn, zucchini, squash, peas, beets, celery, strawberries, ground cherries.

There's still plenty of time to get everything else in over the next 2-3 weeks.


WolfSong said...

I managed to get everything in last night...except for 6 roma tomato plants. Beans, peas, carrots, beets, cabbages, pumpkins, chili peppers and a couple bush cukes. And many flowers! Mostly pansies and violas-both good in salads!-and a few petunias.

We found a wonderful church plant sale that had some great looking plants at a decent price. I mean, how can you beat 6 roma tomato plants for $.3.25? Cukes were $.75!

Love the idea of planting flowers in letter shapes! I hope you'll share pics of them, once they are blooming. I'd love to see how they turn out. I have a feeling my Kid would want to try it in her garden space. :)

gypsysmom said...

Yep, we planted last night too. Put in peas, beans (yellow and green) and zucchini. We already had bunching onions, carrots, parsnips and radishes in the garden. We'll wait a little while to buy and put in tomato and pepper plants. Then I'll get to buy flowers too. Maybe then my yard will look like a gardener lives here!