Spring Gardening: Tattoos and Tomatoes

Please let the Spring Gardening begin! Mother nature was not kind this year. It was a long, cold Michigan Winter….

We had every intention of covering our raised garden beds with newspapers and leaves to help save the nutrients, but the snow arrived in November and never really melted.

Garden under Snow

 

Get out the Shovels

Last year, we tempted fate and planted our garden before Memorial Day. We nearly lost all our plants to frost. This year, we were good and waited. On Sunday, we broke out the shovels, uncovered our tattoos and played in the dirt.

Spring Hops - Spring Gardening

Chuck quickly turned the soil and added some manure to give it a boost.

Chuck working the shovel - Spring Gardening

Plants

We bought our plants on Saturday during the Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market from Tantre Farm.

New Plants - Spring Gardening

Basil and Onions - Spring Gardening

Bonding

Charlie the dog was very excited to have Chuck at his level.

A little tongue action - Spring Gardening

More tongue action - Spring Gardening

Tattoos

It is nice to see Chuck’s tattoos again- short sleeves and shorts!

Chuck - Spring Gardening

Dark Horse Tattoo - Spring Gardening

Radishes

Radishes are great bug repellents! We sprinkle radish plants all over the garden. Hopefully we have enough to keep the Loopers away. Whoa! Last year it was Garden apocalypse when the loopers invaded.

Chuck planting radishes - Spring Gardening

Tomato Plants

Last year we lost our entire tomato crop to the “blight” so this year we gave each plant plenty of room to breath.

Planting Tomatoes - Spring Gardening

Zucchini

We scaled back on the number zucchini plants too. Lord, we had way too much zucchini last year!

Beware we have Zucchini - Spring Gardening

Kale

We have two varieties of kale this year. Kale plants last all summer long. Just harvest a few of the bottom leaves each week. We still have some in the freezer from last year.

Kale Plant - Spring Gardening

Basil

Last year we lost all our basil plants during the tomato blight. We have 8 plants this year! Hopefully we can make some pesto!

Basil - Spring Gardening

Hops!

No garden is complete without a few hop plants.

Mt. Hood Hops - Spring Gardening

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