I am so happy to say that we have a few things sprouting in the garden, and there is a lot of life in our plants again! We also did some major rearranging (again) in the front yard last weekend.
It started out as just playing outside because Tyler heard some of the neighborhood kids. He and I went out, and our neighbors across the street were out there doing some yard work, and I was going to use the time to clean out some of the weeds and dead plants in the front flower beds. Our neighbors called me over and asked if I still wanted plants like they have because they wanted to pull everything out.
I went to Justin and said, “We talked about doing some yard work today, just how much do you want to do?” I told him that I wanted to pull all the bushes in the front and get the ones from our neighbors. Somewhat surprisingly, he agreed! We decided to move the bushes from the front to the back and put the new ones in the front.
The new bushes have a much brighter colored green leaf, so I like the color and look of it so much better. Right now, they are taller than we want, but we are giving them time to get established before we trim them back. We need to figure out what they are and get a couple more to fill out the area, but it still looks better than before.
In the backyard, we are finally starting to get a few sprouts. We weren’t sure if the heavy rains washed away the seeds we planted, but I’m pretty sure that’s lettuce starting to grow in the garden and not more weeds. Either way, I am going to let it go for another week or two to make sure before we do anything.
The mint is starting to grow well again, and there are a few strays on the wrong side of the garden that we are going to have to pull and move soon. None of the onions have started to grow yet, but we planted those a little deeper.
The Asiatic lilies that we transplanted from the front flower beds to the back are starting to grow in again. When we were pulling everything out of the front last weekend, we found quite a few more lilies growing in, so we moved those to the backyard as we pulled them up.
Everything else in the backyard is growing in well now, so I am not worried about any of it. Our weather seems to be getting warmer (finally), so the plants should all be fine. This week dipped back into the 60s for high temps, but starting today and into next week the highs will be in the upper 70s and low 80s which is more normal for this time of the year.
Our herbs are doing ok inside. The basil seems to have completely died already, but I’m giving it a bit more time to see if it comes back. I don’t think they are getting enough sun, so every morning I move the jars to the windowsill and open the blinds to let them get some sun. If the basil doesn’t come back, I am going to buy a pack of seeds to plant in there and see if I can get it to grow. The rest are doing well, and I’ve already trimmed some oregano to dry and have used some cilantro in a few recipes.
I’m hoping the next update, in two weeks, when I do another update on the garden, we are starting to get a lot more plants sprouting so we can be eating fresh from the garden soon!