Posted by: JerseyOrganic | April 25, 2014

In springtime, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding; Sweet lovers love the spring. -WS

It’s been a great past couple of weeks…Its gorgeous in New Jersey right now !

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The birds are singing, the grass is growing AND in addition to the rediculous amounts of outside chores, we finished our (only) bathroom remodel, and somehow managed to do it in just one week! Now we are moving on to redo our guest bedroom which must be completed before we go on our honeymoon…
I took some time away (4.18.14 to be exact) from the remodel and was also able to plant the last round of indoor seeds; which include carrots, corn, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and more radishes and beets! They germinated quickly..

Last Round of seeds indoors

Chuck and I spent a grueling three days tending to the backyard flower and veggie gardens, and I even cleaned out the shed!
For it only being the last full week in April, I’m surprised at the flourishing flower gardens! Everything is coming up so beautifully.
The front yard spring garden is booming with tulips and daffodils. But it won’t be ready to mulch until after the helicopter seeds fall in a week or two. By then, the spring bulbs will die back and I will cover them with mulch to hide them. A late cold snap killed off the hyacinths (my favorite) and obviously theres a ton of dandelions but who cares, they pollinate.

Just for fun, this is what our front yard looked like when we bought out house a few years ago…
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This is a shot of of what the yard looks like in Summer now, without the beautiful, but misplaced Oak tree.
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Here is what the front yard current looks like- the spring garden. Unfortunately, the specimen tree didn’t make it past the 3rd year and we haven’t yet planted anything new.
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Tulips

 

In the backyard I have cleared out the herb garden and installed the cuke trellises! It’s ready to plant herbs which I plan on doing this weekend.

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The veggie garden has been prepped and is patiently awaiting the arrival of transplants. We covered the pepper and tomato beds with plastic to retain heat and keep the tree seeds out and I assessed the drop irrigation lines.
The empty beds are open for the cold season crops which I am hardening off, as I started them indoors. I do have one bed with some Bibb lettuce plants that are growing quite well. The opposite side of this bed has my first succession of green beans, which have not yet germinated. By the time I get to succession #4 the lettuce will be harvested. Yum!

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The peas are growing nicely! We have added some screening to keep those annoying seeds out of the soil. My drip line runs along side the plants. I also planted beets, radishes, and spinach on the opposite side of the pea bed. See the little guys?

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I prepped the old blueberry beds for a row cover where I plan on housing some cool, shade tolerant plants. I am thinking broccoli rabe and maybe some lettuce or spinach in the warm months. Just need to get the row cover on the bed..

As for the backyard flower gardens… I still need to do some work weeding. We still need to dig in the border and mulch but I think I have plenty of time for that. Even though the beds aren’t looking too hot, the flowers and shrubs are thriving.

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And for the grow room, all the little transplants are getting bigger! I can harvest lettuce and start hardening off this week!!

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I love this time of year- it’s so exciting planning and preparing, and then executing the job. By Sunday night, I can sit back with my little glass of something

strong ;P and enjoy the view.

Until next time friends..

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Responses

  1. I too love this time of year. It is good to see organic gardening in Jersey. When I lived in Jersey there wasn’t enough of it. I got you on the follow list. It’s great to see how the other coast is living. Billy

    • Hi Billy,
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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