The green, the green, the green!
The green is bursting out all over this week, and I’m so excited to see it. Having spent so much time in my adult life in Texas, the spring always seems to come so late here. I’m way past ready to see it, and nigh upon desperation. We don’t actually have our last frost date until May in West Virginia, but the green-green-green of late April is the signal that real garden time is upon us!
We already have peas in the ground, and the big plastic sheets are down to help smother the weeds before the major planting gets underway.
We have lots of things coming up in the garden already. Elephant garlic (a new one for us this year).
Rhubarb (trying again this year!).
We add every year to our fruit. I love fruit, and I want it all! I’m impatient for it, but it takes time. We aren’t at the point of harvesting any fruit yet. We started our first year here and keep adding every year. We have a small orchard fenced out in BP-land. It doesn’t look like much, but we have about 7 or 8 small fruit trees out here.
We have several more fruit trees on the small bank between the garden and the driveway. We have plum, apricot, apple, pear, and peach. We had a cherry tree before, but it died, so a replacement cherry tree went in this year.
Very tiny cherry tree.
I’ve got a long way to go before I have any cherries.
We also have blackberry and blueberry bushes that we planted last year, and this year–new!–raspberry bushes! Raspberries, finally! I picked up two small bushes a few days ago to round out our fruit collection.
Grapes are growing outside the garden fence.
Like the cherry tree, asparagus is a replacement plant this year in the garden. We tried asparagus our first year, but it didn’t make it. I’m hoping we do better this time! The asparagus plants are two-year-old plants, so we can harvest some next year.
I’ll also be planting garden huckleberries and ground cherries, so even if I can’t make pie with the new cherry tree or the raspberries–or just about anything else we’ve got going–at least I’ll have that! Setting up my pie garden for the garden huckleberries and ground cherries is up next (including chicken protection).
Everything’s up in my herb garden except my basil and rosemary, so I may need to get replacement plants for them.
It’s garden time! What have you got going in new this year?