When Montana chooses to show off, nothing can compare. Beautiful sunny weather with temperatures in the upper fifties and low sixties have made it impossible to stay inside to write blog posts. (Mantra…must remember…live life first, write about it if I have time) And the fact is, we have just been plain busy. Our friends opened a brewery, which we like to frequent. We went to the high school academic endowment ball. We threw a birthday party for my husband’s 40th birthday. Time just gets away from you, you know?
Back to the weather. We all understand, in this part of the country, that the price for this delightful weather is a rainy, cold June. Or a late season snow storm. Or an intense fire season. But you know what? We pretty much don’t care. The sun is so wonderfully warm this time of year–the wind can be chilly, as can shady spots, but standing in the sun is simply blissful. We look for reasons to be outside, which isn’t hard–but I’m running into that situation where I want to do all is yard work, but I can’t. The fact is, it is still only the beginning of April. Winter is not likely done with us yet, so you don’t want to invest too much energy into planting.
That didn’t stop me from staking out my new flower bed, or raking my yard.
I did some early season weeding. I regularly walk around the side of our new garage, where I will eventually make raised beds and grow my tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs and raspberries. I visualize the shade garden that will edges the not-yet-existent sidewalk next to the garage. I fret about whether my current raspberry canes will get enough light now that the garage has been built (they won’t…they have to move).
I have also been spending time in the community garden, getting ready for our first plot holders meeting. I am thrilled to announce that we are FULL for the the first time since we were established in 2010. It feels good, because the vision those of us in the planning committee had is finally coming to fruition (no pun intended).
There is still a lot to do–on Wednesday, kids from the Center for Restorative Youth Justice are coming out to help me even out the land for garden plots, raised beds, and the green house. They will also help me organize the tool shed. My partner-in-crime, and true heart of the community garden is Naomi. She and her husband staked out plots this morning, and the two of us geeked out for a bit about all the exciting things we want to see in the garden.
My husband constructed the raised beds for onions and leeks, and we put some black plastic down on my own plots to warm the soil and discourage weed/grass growth. I stared at the empty plots for a long time today, mentally arranging my plants for the season. After planting the community garlic bed last fall, I had a few bulbs left over. I couldn’t bear to waste them so I stuck them in my bed–and they are starting to grow (so cool to see the frist green growth of spring). It is way too early to put much of anything in the ground right now, even if the weather is trying to trick us into believing otherwise.
My cheeks are a little bit sunburned. I have dirt under my fingernails. And I couldn’t be happier!
- Columbia Falls Community Garden (frommichigantomontana.com)
- Have I Mentioned that I Can’t Wait to Start My Garden? (frommichigantomontana.com)
- Organic Gardening With Raised Beds (healthylifestyleplus.com)
- Getting ready for the 2013 garden season (coralvillecourier.typepad.com)
- Weather taking a bite out of local home and garden businesses (fox4kc.com)
- Spring gardening (photo essay) (franklinmatters.org)