April ends with the first harvest from the vegetable garden.
This evening, I thinned out the lettuce and filled a bowl with the “thinnings”, which included several kinds of lettuce plus some spinach. I also pulled a few tiny radishes and some onions to make my salad a little more complete.
So far, the bunnies haven’t eaten any of my spring greens, but that’s because I’ve been keeping row covers over the beds, not because they are following my rules.
Sometime soon, I’ll have to be brave and remove the row covers so the peas can start to climb up the trellises. At that point, I’ll sprinkle cayenne pepper on everything and maybe set a trap to catch a rabbit or two.
There were some weeds in my little four x four lettuce bed, so I used my new mini circlehoe to do the weeding.
It’s resting in the lower left there on the edge of the raised bed. It did a great job! I’ll post about it and my other two new circlehoes after the Garden Bloggers’ Hoe Down.
Tonight, as April ends, it’s time to look back on a great month.
April 2008 had a lot of highlights…
My garden bloomed all over the place. The April weather was so good that nearly every spring flowering tree and shrub seemed to bloom to perfection, including the Star Magnolia, the crabapple, the redbud and my new Carolina Silverbell.
I got to mow the lawn six times!
I was nominated for six Mouse and Trowel awards for garden bloggers. (Voting continues on the Mouse and Trowel site until May 13th).
Over 100 gardeners posted about what was blooming in their gardens on the 15th for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
The new compost tumbler is making compost in record time.
I added two new hoes to my hoe collection, plus two new hand hoes.
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening unexpectedly sent me some snowdrops and a double flowering bloodroot.
Then Annie in Austin posted a YouTube video with a song she wrote just for May Dreams Gardens. I’ll have to admit, I was a bit choked up listening to it the first time.
I’ll always remember April 2008 as a great month for me, my garden, and my blog. Thank you from the deepest roots to the tallest trees to everyone who was a part of this month and its many activities and events.
Now my thoughts turn to May, traditionally my favorite month in the garden. I have much to look forward to.
The strawberries are blooming which means berries are in my future.
More lilacs will be blooming soon, including these Meyer Lilacs. Nearby, peonies will also bloom in May.
All year I dream of the days in May when the sun is warm, the skies are blue, the grass is green, and the garden is all new again.
There will also be several special blogging events in May including the one time only Garden Bloggers Hoe Down on Saturday, May 3rd and the next Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on May 15th. Then at the end of the month, on the 31st, we will have the next virtual meeting of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club.
If May is half as good as April was, it wil be a great month in my garden. I hope it is a great month in your garden, too.