Dear Readers,

Spring is here and with birds nesting and a blue jay setting up her nest in our Princeton Gold maple by the house.

Blue jay nest

Blue jay nest

The weather has been mixed with lots of rain and thunderstorms and sunshine; today was far too wet to get out with the hoes and weed the beds.

We’re looking at getting a new set of patio furniture to spruce up the decking and be able to utilize the space better and I picked up a fabulously yellow watering can.  I couldn’t resist its cheery color on a rainy day, wherever I see or use it, it brings a smile to my face.

Yellow watering can


We have planted tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn, beans and carrots in all three gardens, potatoes in two hay bales, containers of Jerusalem Artichokes, mixed salad, onions, radishes and eggplant (Aubergine to the Brits).

Artichokes' speedy growth in the containers

Artichokes’ speedy growth in the containers

The snowpeas in JimJim’s garden have grown to almost knee-high and have yet to flower whilst the tomatoes in the biodynamic garden are flowering.

We plan to put in some rhubarb in a particularly moist corner of the yard once a leaf day comes around and it isn’t a thunderstorm as well as spruce up the decking with herbs and flowers.

The medicinal herb wheel container garden is seeing the first two leaves of the seedlings appear which is quite exciting and once the weather clears up a push to remove the irises from where the tea garden will go will happen.  The tea garden will hold lavender, rosemary, fennel, bergamot, borage, catnip, valerian and nettle.

Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris

I’m hoping we can transplant the iris somewhere else in the yard since they are very pretty flowers.

JimJim has dug up part of the front yard for a mixed mint garden which I am hesitant about due to the highly invasive nature of the plant.  I wanted a couple of large troughs in which to plant the mint to use in tea, juleps, mojitos,  creme de menthe….oh and to go on peas and new potatoes!