Things are coming along with the garden

Despite the frequent rains we’ve had here recently, we have managed to get some stuff accomplished in the garden. (By no means are we where we thought and hoped we would be at this point. It is apparently much harder to garden with a 3 month old than we thought it would be…)

Our leeks have been growing like crazy and we finally mounded them up for blanching today. This is exciting as it’s the first year we’ve ever gotten around to mounding the leeks (as opposed to just talking about it) and it’ll be interesting to see how they do. The onions have taken off, as well, and I have high hopes for them. Last year, it rained for almost a whole week before we were due to harvest our onions and every single one rotted in the ground. And yet we’re giving it another try this year… They do say as hope springs eternal.

We have also added a walkway to one of our 10’x10′ beds. When we built the beds, I don’t know if it didn’t occur to us that walking on the soil over and over would be a bad idea or not. But we realized it fairly quickly and have now installed walkways in 2 of the 3 big beds. Our plan is to put the last one in tomorrow, weather and LB permitting.

And we finally planted our raspberry bushes! We dug all of those lovely, identical, perfectly spaced holes and were all ready and stoked to plant the bushes the next day – and then it started to rain. And it rained. And it rained. And it rained. And so the plants languished in the garage.

Well, it finally stopped raining. So we seized the opportunity and started planting. And then it actually started raining (torrentially, I might add) when we had 2 of the 6 plants in the ground. DB and I looked at each other and figured – in for a penny, in for a pound – so we just kept on planting. Luckily, LB was napping comfortably in her swing during the downpour and was spared the soaking.

Here are our gorgeous raspberry bushes getting a drink:

DB (in his typical apocalyptarian fashion) is convinced they have some sort of leaf rust and need a higher pH and might not make it. I think they look fabulous.

It might rain tomorrow (I swear, I don’t know how we can still be in a drought given the amount of rain we’ve had over the last 2 weeks) but if it doesn’t, we’ve got another exciting weekend planned for the Brewer family in the garden. Fingers crossed for sunshine!!

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