Grow Together Tuesday

This post is part of a seasonal community sharing series, Grow Together Tuesday. You’ll find posts from myself, and award winning gardener Monika Thiessen, of Prairie Girl Pottery.  I love seeing what others are doing in their gardens, and since most of us aren’t neighbors, let’s peek over each other’s virtual fences, be inspired, and learn from one another!  Post a link to your weekly garden notes, updates, photos, and more in the comments!

 

Lovely spring rains!
Monika Thiessen

 

After a beautiful weekend of heat, sunshine and of course gardening, yesterday’s rain was definitely a wonderful gift and a welcome break. I think the gardens are going to just explode into growth this coming week and I am so excited for it! Although I don’t have all my plants or seeds in the ground yet, we have a tonne of volunteers, some are welcome, others, not so much. Anyone else get showered with maple and elm seeds? So, even though I’m behind, our yarden is looking pretty green already.

 

So, after a little rain break, it’s back in the garden to seed, plant, weed and harvest! Chives anyone? : )
Enjoy the sun and soil under your nails and please post pics of what’s growing in your garden.

 
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Volunteer Wormwoodvolunteer wormwood

Looks like a delicious salad of volunteer lamb’s quarter.Looks like a delicious salad of volunteer lamb's quarter. IMG_7148 IMG_7147

Yarrow. Helps improve essential oil potency in herbs.Yarrow. Helps improve essential oil potency in herbs IMG_7144 IMG_7141

Pea shoots.
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Lemon balm bordering the back patio. The citrusy scent is supposed to deter mosquitoes. With a bat house nearby hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy many mosquito free backyard fires.Lemon balm bordering the back patio. The citrusy scent is supposed to deter mosquitoes. With a bat house nearby hopefully we'll be able to enjoy many mosquito free backyard fires. IMG_7129

A mish-mash of tulips, garlic, lilies and strawberries. I’m keeping a really close eye on the lilies this year in hopes of staying a few steps ahead of the beetles. So far, so good.A mish-mash of tulips, garlic, lilies and strawberries. I'm keeping a really close eye on the lilies this year in hopes of staying a few steps ahead of the beetles. So far, so good.

Salvia starting to bud out. Bees LOVE this plant!
Salvia starting to bud out. Bees LOVE this plant!

The ferns have shot up like crazy over the past 10 days or so.The ferns have shot up like crazy over the past 10 days or so.

Clover seed doing pretty well in our little white clover patch. The dandelions and quack grass are also doing very well.
Clover seed doing pretty well in our little white clover patch. The dandelions and quack grass are also doing very well.

Wild bergamot and tomatoes.
Wild bergamot and tomatoes.

Oriental poppy buds.
Oriental poppy buds

Brewing up some comfrey tea.Brewing up some comfrey tea

Prairie Magic apple blossoms.Prairie Magic apple blossoms

Cherry blossoms!
Cherry blossoms!

Kale sprouts! Better late than never.
Kale sprouts! Better late than never

Little maple weeds. Will have to remember to spread corn gluten in between the bricks next spring in the hopes that it stops the seeds from germinating.  Imagine all that time not spent weeding!
Little maple weeds. Will have to remember to spread corn gluten in between the bricks next spring in the hopes that it stops the seeds from germinating.  Imagine all that time not spent weeding!

Tomatoes planted and staked.
tomatoes planted and staked

Ancho peppers finally in their summer home.
ancho peppers finally in their summer home

Nasturtium sprouts.
nasturtium sprouts

Squishing lily beetles and a thorough spray of neem oil has proved to be an effective method thus far.Squishing lily beetles and a thorough spray of neem oil has proved to be an effective method thus far.

Volunteer vetch
Volunteer vetch

This years squash treliis. A two-year version of the three sisters garden.
This years squash treliis. A two-year version of the three sisters garden.

Gorgeous colours of spring.
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Sign of a healthy mycelial network.
Sign of a healthy mycelial network

Nanking cherries in full bloom last week, but hardly any blossoms left today.
Nanking cherries in full bloom last week, but hardly any blossoms left today

Volunteer sorrel plant.
Volunteer sorrel plant

 

Monika Head Shot
Monika Thiessen is a potter, permaculture designer, urban homesteader and all around prairie plant girl. She’s happiest with the sun on her back and her hands in the soil.  To check out Monika’s pottery, visit Prairie Girl Pottery

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