Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram
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Wheels down

My weekend was lovely, mostly sunny and warm, and I did as much work out in the garden as I could manage. I started by planting seeds in pots for all my summer crops, such as tomatoes and basil and squash. After that, I tackled more weeding for the rest of the day. On the second day, I did some more weeding, until I finally had enough ground cleared to spread some compost around. I added a good layer of compost to the grapes, blueberries, orange tree, and pomegranate.

My surviving asparagus is looking much stronger this year. Not quite enough to harvest yet, but maybe by next year the crowns will have stored up enough energy to produce a good crop. My plum tree had a splendid fountain of blossoms, though I don't know whether it's old enough to start producing fruit yet. I do have a good set of early flowers on the raspberries, so that will be nice in a few months, and the same for the mulberry tree. The first spring artichoke is just about ready to harvest. Early indications are that I should get a fair number of gooseberries, which is kind of exciting, since I've never had them before.

While I was making a trip to the hardware store to pick up potting soil, I did have a bit of misfortune. I had taken my wheeled carryon bag to put my purchases into--the bag that had suffered years of use (and abuse) carrying heavy loads of manga all over Japan--and on the way home, one of the wheels finally gave out. I was sorry to see it go, but it had really served me well for a very long time...at least ten years. (Farewell, fair bag, you will be remembered fondly.) I put in an order for a new one today, so it should arrive in plenty of time to be useful during all my traveling this summer.
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