Mother’s Day gardening

Yesterday was a beautiful Mother’s Day and a great day for gardening, although a little warm.  It was 86 degrees in the afternoon, with no breeze.  Robert and I went to the Wild West Community garden after church and installed the 7′ wide trellis.  It’s almost 6′ tall.   Robert pounded the 4′ rebar into the ground using our fence post driving tool we bought at an estate sale last year.  Another very handy tool.  The trellis spans 7′ of the north side of the bed which is 4′ x 14′.

Wild West Community garden 7' wide trellis

I replanted the golden oregano which was apparently pulled from the bed during the night by a critter.  The 7′ plastic net fence is now in place on 3 sides of the garden.  The west side is bordered by a shrub wall backed with a 4′ fence which is part of a fence around a play ground.   This is visible in the background of the above  image.

I also went to the church beds, watered, planted a few more potato plants and did a little weeding.

Church, north bed broccoli 5-8-11

The onions seem to be doing well and the Swiss chard is also looking good.

Church north bed, Swiss chard, 5-8-11

I haven’t had any takers for the seed potatoes.  I decided to plant a few in the church bed so I will have at least one of each variety that I purchased.  I planted Irish cobbler, French Fingerling (2), Red Norland, and Sangre in the south bed.  There are 3 potatoes planted in the north bed, but I need to  figure out what varieties because I didn’t fill out my chart when I was there.

Yukon gold and Sangre seed potatoes

My favorite quote today is something I saw on a U City garden group t-shirt a few days ago at the Native Plant Sale.  I found it online attributed to Ahmed Kathrada:  “People who have wild ideas about how to run the earth ought to start with a small garden”  .  So true.  Today we had a very brief storm that produced a lot of wind. Didn’t  think about my transplant, the Hartmann’s s yellow trifle that is planted in a container on the deck. The main branch broke at the soil line.  So much for months of nursing the transplants along in the basement.


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