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More spring enthusiasm

Garden weeding

Peach blossomOf course, the arrival of warm weather also means the weeds are starting to grow a mile a minute.  Although quite pretty, I'm sure the dead nettle and chickweed choking out my garlic plants were depriving the vegetables of much-needed nutrients.  So I roped B.J. into helping me weed, and we made short work of about a third of the front garden beds.

And, look, the tree flowers are finally opening!  Nanking cherries and sporadic buds on the peaches have unfurled, but the main event is still a few days off.

I'm reveling in barefoot weather, listening to toads trilling at night, and dreaming of SPRING!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I know what you mean. My gardens are coming to live with vigor in the past couple of days.

This is the 3 season for my red rasberrys. I have new shoots coming up 2 to 3 feet away from the main branch. These shoots are about 6" high. I want to start a new raspberry bed with these new shoots. Can I transplant them now?

Comment by mona Wed Apr 10 11:38:59 2013
Mona --- Those shoots are how we turned one plant into two rows (and a lot of gifts to friends). I usually transplant them in the winter when they're dormant, but you can probably get away with transplanting them now if you give them a little extra water for the next few weeks.
Comment by anna Wed Apr 10 12:37:14 2013

Hard to have spring enthusiasm when you are buried under 20 inches of new snow... nearly 15 hours of daylight per day still won't thaw my Alaska beds, but I must trust in the inevitability of Spring as I await my own raspberries (fingers crossed this nasty winter didn't nip them)!

This Alaskan doesn't begrudge anyone warmth - happy growing in barefeet!

Comment by David Wed Apr 10 16:19:53 2013

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