Spring is just getting underway, but there’s already lots going on in my garden. Take a look:
Our apricot bushes flowered for the first time last year, but the bees weren’t out yet, so we didn’t end up with any fruit. Bummer. We built two mason bee houses to attract more early pollinators to our yard, and it worked! Our mason bees hatched shortly after our apricot bushes flowered, and they immediately went to work pollinating our bushes. Both bushes are now covered in tiny apricots!
Our apple trees produced for the first time last year. By produced, I mean we got three apples.
It looks like we’ll be getting a lot more this year, though. Two of our trees are blooming, and the third (a different variety) shouldn’t be far behind. I was a bit slow in ordering my codling moth traps this year. Hopefully the moths stay off of them until Wednesday, when my traps are scheduled to arrive.
We planted six high bush blueberries in our backyard about five years ago, and they haven’t done much of anything. They’re still short and they’ve never produced fruit. As an experiment, I bought a couple low bush blueberries last year, and they’re done beautifully. See all those flowers? Hopefully we’ll have some berries to pick this summer.
My oldest daughter and I planted garlic last fall. Judging by the tops, it’s doing well. One of our friends brought a big box of galic bulbs to our seed swap party last week, so my youngest daughter and I planted two more beds of garlic. Hopefully it does okay. With our hot summers, garlic tends to do better here when it’s planted in the fall.
Our red onions seem to be happy, too. These are some of last year’s that overwintered, so I’m not too sure what to expect from them. If nothing else, we’ll eat the tops.
And check out our strawberries! They are absolutely COVERED in flowers. We should be picking berries within a month.
Our grapes are starting to do their thing again, too. This year, I’m determined to keep the birds off of them. We netted them last year, but a mocking bird still found her way in, and she absolutely decimated our harvest.
Our wintersown seeds are also starting to show signs of life. We have teeny tiny tomato plants coming up, as well as a few other things.
Yesterday, I hauled out my dibble and a trowel, and I planted beets, spinach, leaf lettuce, bunching onions, radishes and several types of flowers. I really should have gotten most of these things in the ground sooner, but when does gardening ever run on schedule?