This is one of my favorite times of year in the garden. The soil has warmed up, the flowers are fragrant and blooming, and the trees have leafed out and become green.
Yesterday I planted a six flat of red poppies, and placed a young artichoke plant in the front yard. They are such conversation starters...and need plenty of space to expand.
The citrus trees have developed tiny green fruit on them. The rhubarb is nearly ready to harvest. I love how all of the disciplined work comes together. The watering, pruning, weeding, composting, and mulching all combine to make a healthy, robust plant. Rich, black soil is key. All of my fruit and vegetables scraps break down in the compost pile over the winter to be returned into the earth.
The longer you have a garden, the more synthesized and robust it becomes. Sometimes competition makes the plants become stronger. Today I'm digging up some of my larger plants to divide and share with my neighbors. Many of them were from cuttings that were given to me from ladies in this area when I first bought my cottage.
How is your garden doing?
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