Tuesday, April 27, 2010

garden update

As we in New Hampshire await rain and possible snow tonight (eek!!!), I thought a garden update seemed in order, as a reminder of the warm sunny weather we were having just a couple days ago!

We planted snap peas, lettuce, kale, spinach, and broccoli seeds back a few weeks ago - and garlic back in October.

The broccoli is not feeling photogenic yet, but the peas are coming right along - and soon will be tall enough to start climbing the trellis we "planted" for them, made out of sticks and branches that came down in the wind storm that struck our region back in February.

The spinach, kale, and lettuce have been enjoying the nice warm Spring, and are in serious need of some thinning out (it's on the to-do list!).

The mint that we transplanted last year from a perennial bed in our yard has started to come back, and the chives we planted from seed last year are back as well. Missing from this picture is a pot full of oregano transplants that we got from a Freecycle friend this week - the oregano is in a bit of transplant shock, but is starting to perk up and look much happier than it did when we first planted it!

But my favorite success story so far is definitely the garlic - we planted garlic for this year in two different raised beds, and the early warm-up has it growing strong and tall already! I'm looking forward to garlic scape pesto... yum!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

luke and yoda

While we were outside gardening this weekend, Luke and Yoda spent time hopping around on the grass, getting used to eating small quantities of the new Spring growth that's popping up.

There seem to be many opinions as to whether domestic rabbits can eat grass without it bothering their stomachs, but what I thought made the most sense was something I read that said to try acclimating your rabbits to grass a little at a time - see how they do and whether it seems to upset their stomachs - and if they seem to be doing well, then increase the amount they have the opportunity to eat a little at a time.

Our plan (if all goes well with our little guys eating grass) is build two smallish "rabbit tractors" (similar to the idea of chicken tractors) so we can have Luke and Yoda safely contained while outside on the grass much of the summer - that way they can eat their fill (we'll also continue giving them rabbit pellets to eat as well), get some exercise after being caged much of the winter, and also help fertilize our yard (which, as you can see from the photos, could use whatever help it can get in certain areas...). All good!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

april tomatoes

It's April and we have cherry tomatoes ripening on the UNH tomato plants that we bought back in March! The plants are living in our sunroom, up on top of a high shelf so they can take full advantage of the sunlight that comes in through our skylights. I'm looking forward to picking up some salad greens at the Portsmouth farmers' market on opening day next Saturday (May 1) and adding our own cherry tomatoes to our salads!!

I'm also looking forward to getting back to blogging - I've been busy gardening, wrapping up the homeschooling year, etc. and haven't been too good about the blog writing lately! But, as they say, I'll be back...

Meanwhile hope you're enjoying your Spring!