Signs of Life

After we built the planter boxes last week, we got to putting in some strawberries.  We now have 3 boxes of strawberries, which will hopefully give us some fruit this year. There are already berries on the plants in the one box from last year, so we’re off to a good start. I’m dreaming of compotes and jams!

We have flowers on the cherry tree and fruit buds on the peach tree which we pruned last fall, so we’ll see what amount of fruit we get this year. And our orange tree is full of blossoms…not sure why so many or why now, but they sure are fragrant.  I always think to myself when I walk past it, “I would love to bathe in the scent of the orange tree.” It’s such a lovely smell.

The lavender is happy even though we transplanted it and those peas that we let Levi put in the ground “just for fun”…well, turns out he did a pretty good job of planting them. We’ll see if they give us any actual peas, as it’s not the best soil condition in that location.  He sure was happy to see those green shoots come up, though!

Our next step is to harden off what we’ve been growing from seed and to finish the fencing around the beds to keep the chickens out. Then it will be on to planting, planting, planting. Summer will be here before we know it!

Hope your garden is off to a great start as well.

Just an additional note…I’ve been posting about the garden on Tuesdays as a part of a blog hop started by Val on Mental Chew, called “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

I had started to write about crafting on “Car Crafting Tuesdays”February | 2012 | Coffee & Lilacs  but that only lasted a week or two because Calvin stopped napping regularly in the car, but it sure was fun while it lasted!

Gardening is a lot more of a constant activity around here, so it seems more fitting to write about it and share our stories about it each Tuesday.

  One thought on “Signs of Life

  1. Amber @ Rowan & Oak
    April 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    More than signs, Dara! Your garden is in full bloom. Ripening strawberries already! Our’s are still entirely green, but our backyard is shady and north facing. You can bathe in the smell of an orange tree. Just buy sweet orange (the fruit), neroli (the flowers), and petrigrain (the leaves and bark) essential oils. Combine them together and use in the bath 🙂
    Here’s my garden link: http://www.rowanandoak.com/rowan-oak/2012/04/gardening-weeds-miners-lettuce-claytonia-perfoliata.html

    • daraweyna
      April 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Yeah, we do get a lot of sun back there which is great for the plants, but in the height of summer, it’s brutal for the kids w/o any shade. Love all the posts about weeds! Great recipe…I’ll give it a try. Thanks

  2. April 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the look of your garden! Mine is also springing into life 🙂

    • daraweyna
      April 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you! Isn’t it exciting when you start to see those first signs?

      • April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Absolutely…. I always feel refreshed. It makes me want to be outside all day; playing with plants, going for a walk, or taking a trip to my favourite garden centre 🙂

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