It feels Like Springtime

It’s Spring and I’m like most gardeners that want to start planting in my garden. I know it’s too early in our area, we still have some cold nights and the last frost could be as late as the last week of April.

My seedlings are growing, I re-pot the young cucumber plants in bigger containers and they are big now and ready to go outside but they’ll have to wait until next month. It looks like I might have to do indoor trellises for them.

I’m thinking about re-potting the tomatoes also.

The peppers have decent size containers, the plastic cups are great for sowing seeds indoor.

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I work in the garden when I have time, normally it’s after work during the weekdays and a few hours on the weekend. I still have a lot of cleaning to do and preparing a few more planting beds for the indoor young plants. I have some railroad lumbers and they are heavy, not sure what I will do with them yet.

I moved the mint to the raised bed, hopefully the loose soil will be better for them.

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This is the Asian variety and I got it from my sister’s garden.

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The blueberry plants survived the winter, I’m looking to add a few more plants.

I have 4 persimmon trees and they all look healthy.

It’s budding and I hope to get a few persimmon fruits this year.

This is my second year gardening here, and it’s very different from gardening in the city with a small plot of land. You could hear everything that’s going on around you, whether it be your neighbors mowing the lawns, next door neighbor on my right watching the Western movie or next door neighbor on my left came out to chit chat with me and all I want to do was to work in my garden.  Living in the country has its advantages, I live closer to nature and only hear sounds of nature while gardening. I do have to say that the chickens and ducks make some noises but they don’t bother me at all.

We have over a dozen newly hatched chicks and they are in the basement under a heating lamp to keep them warm.

It’ll be a few weeks before they could go outside.

This little chick hatched today and was sleeping. I’m glad we have many chicks, some were incubator hatched which took about 21 days, and we have a few newly hatched from the broody hen and Muscovy duck. Bo has both sitting on the eggs right now and once the chicks hatched, he has to bring them inside otherwise the duck will step on them. So far one chick died because he didn’t get to it right away and the duck stepped on it. They are so cute when they are this little.

Seedling and Cleaning up the Garden

I wonder if I started my cucumber seedlings too early, the first week I was worried that they won’t sprout but now I wish they won’t get too tall. I’m very fortunate to have big windows and plenty of sunlight during the day.

These are the National Pickling Cucumbers, I hope that they won’t be too top heavy. It’s too cold and windy to take them outside to get fresh air right now.

I’m planting two types of tomatoes, the Jelly Bean Hybrid and Early Girl Hybrid.

I couldn’t decide on the hot pepper and bought the Pepper Hot Mix pack and let’s hope I get a variety of hot peppers.

The spring flowers start to bloom and our tulip tree flowers bloomed last week.

It’s warm enough to work outside and I’m cleaning up my garden and working on getting the planting beds ready. I have a nice spot to sit and rest now, Bo bought this vintage bench on letgo for a good price. 

I mulch and prune the butterfly bushes, looking forward to seeing the beautiful purple flowers this summer.

It’s nice to see greenery, I’ll be planting the mints in a box garden this year.

I planted 4 persimmon trees, two in front and two in the back of the garden.

Bo took my Kaffir Lime tree out too soon, the weather will be in the 20s and 30s this weekend and I’ll have to bring it back inside tomorrow.

I bought this cart last year, it sat in the box the whole time, and finally put it together the past weekend. It’s nice a sturdy and I absolutely love it. I have plenty to do this weekend.

Certainly Early Spring Here

Perhaps it might be 6 more weeks of winter up North, but certainly not in North Carolina. Regardless of the groundhog’s forecasting being right or wrong, it’s still very interesting to watch and I’m rooting for early Spring. It’s a lot warmer during the day here but still very cold at night.

I guess the winter cabbages/vegetables don’t count for an early sign of Spring but it’s pretty and I couldn’t resist taking the pictures.

The ducks are ready for Spring, the water is a bit cold right now and they’ll enjoy swimming in the pond more once the weather gets warmer.

The heating lamp comes in handy during the cold nights, especially for the young ducks that don’t have full feathers to keep them warm.

The hens and ducks start laying eggs again, it was far and few during the winter months. The past few weeks we had enough to give fresh eggs to my dad and sisters. As of right now we have 60+ chickens and ducks.