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Garden Journal Entry #2: Progress through April

Updated on May 7, 2014

April in Review

Had nasty cold weather and a bunch of rain toward the beginning of the month, putting off weekend plans to finish planting. Many of my extra plants died while siting on the porch out of both the sun and rain. Had a mid-month overnight frost which threatened produce in most of the country. North Carolina seemed especially worried about strawberry farmers. I guess this means strawberries will be sparse and expensive this year.

I spent the afternoon of Sunday, April 6th, planting what I had, utilizing as many of my containers as possible. The mess on my front porch is beginning to annoy me. In most of my pots I did a mixture of Miracle Grow vegetable potting soil, peat moss, and sand. The ratios were completely un-exact but not even half of each container is made up of peat moss and sand. The bigger containers have small rocks lining the bottom for better drainage.

The weather steadily rose toward the end of the month and Easter weekend was warm and sunny. John took his new chainsaw to the jungle in the back yard and cleared out all the overgrown shrubs (trees?) that had been encroaching on our swing set - which I sold on Craigslist for $150, by the way.

After a small conniption about the mess of my yard at 5pm on Easter Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised with cleanup (a week later) that my yard now looks twice as big. And just in time for us to move out, too!

Closing date set for the new house on May 8th. In the meantime, I've rediscovered Pinterest and am spending far too much time down that rabbit hole in blissful reverie.

April 10th: Small pepper plant surrounded by cilantro. Cilantro  is doing great.
April 10th: Small pepper plant surrounded by cilantro. Cilantro is doing great.
April 12th: John's indoor (and thought dead) orange tree transplanted to the old garden spot, which has turned into my new compost pile. (Note: bury this before moving out.)
April 12th: John's indoor (and thought dead) orange tree transplanted to the old garden spot, which has turned into my new compost pile. (Note: bury this before moving out.)
April 15: Freezing weather predicted for the next three nights. Good thing my garden is mobile.
April 15: Freezing weather predicted for the next three nights. Good thing my garden is mobile.
April 16th: Another night in the garage. Need to drag these into the sunlight for a few hours tomorrow then it is back in the garage for one more night, just to be safe.
April 16th: Another night in the garage. Need to drag these into the sunlight for a few hours tomorrow then it is back in the garage for one more night, just to be safe.
April 19: Late planted porch tomato and sweet basil.
April 19: Late planted porch tomato and sweet basil.
April 19: Porch tomato from first planting, growing more slowly than everything else. Sweet basil added later.
April 19: Porch tomato from first planting, growing more slowly than everything else. Sweet basil added later.
April 20: Porch tomato from first planting, this container got stuck right under the corner of the roof where a steady stream of rain threatened to drown it. It is currently my tallest tomato. Sweet basil added later.
April 20: Porch tomato from first planting, this container got stuck right under the corner of the roof where a steady stream of rain threatened to drown it. It is currently my tallest tomato. Sweet basil added later.
April 26th: Have a few strawberries turning red. I noticed three a few days ago and there's only one on there today. I think I might have a nighttime visitor.
April 26th: Have a few strawberries turning red. I noticed three a few days ago and there's only one on there today. I think I might have a nighttime visitor.
April 30th: Spinach, ready to eat. Picked a small amount today for a spinach salad at lunch. Wish I'd planted five times this much.
April 30th: Spinach, ready to eat. Picked a small amount today for a spinach salad at lunch. Wish I'd planted five times this much.
April 30th: Mountain Pride tomato and some sad looking oregano and a marigold (that didn't get any water for about a week). Sweet basil toward the front added later.
April 30th: Mountain Pride tomato and some sad looking oregano and a marigold (that didn't get any water for about a week). Sweet basil toward the front added later.
April 30th: Mountain Pride tomato from first planting, looking strong (and thriving in my ugliest pot).
April 30th: Mountain Pride tomato from first planting, looking strong (and thriving in my ugliest pot).
April 30th: Cherry tomatoes in hanging basket. I keep forgetting to water these (I have two) but they don't seem to mind.
April 30th: Cherry tomatoes in hanging basket. I keep forgetting to water these (I have two) but they don't seem to mind.
April 30th: Cherry tomato in hanging basket.
April 30th: Cherry tomato in hanging basket.

Things to Do in May

  1. More herbs - research/plan, purchase, plant. (Current ideas: peppermint, lavender, sage, more basil, more oregano.)
  2. Move garden to the new house - figure out the backyard situation there.
  3. Fertilize - beginning of the month.
  4. Move strawberries off the ground.
  5. Create a better compost area in the new yard.
  6. Generate ideas for raised beds and landscaping in the new yard.
  7. Consider squash (zucchini, acorn, butternut), watermelon, cucumbers - vertical garden?
  8. Make better plant labels.

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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, I love reading about how other people's gardens. I have a big screen porch and grow a lot of herbs (mostly), some veggies (salad garden mostly) and some ornamentals. Some of the vertical gardening rigs are just too bulky for me, I tell you the best investment I made were wire rack shelves so I can stack plants on them, and hanging baskets to go over them.

      I live in zone 10b, I'm quite a bit further south than you so I'm actually wrapping up for the summer and will plant again in September. The last things I just planted for the season were cucumbers & zucchini. I also threw some coleus seeds I had into a flat because I love them, they're so cheerful.

      Great hub! Good luck with your garden!

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