Well, the gardening workshop at the extension office was a success, and all who attended left with tons of free tomato and pepper plants. We also gave out packs of seed for corn and cucumbers, and flexible cutting mats/boards that you lay on your countertop to slice your vegetables on. About 20 citizens were in attendance, and it's always fun to meet new gardeners. My favorite part is hanging out with the regional extension agent, because I always learn something new from him. Anyway, i'm looking forward to the next one....
Japanese Maple seedlings
It's a good thing several empty 2 liter bottles were saved over the winter, because they really came in handy for potting up these japanese maple seedlings. I hope they make it, because I saw a variety similar to this at Home Depot the other day that was being sold for $70 in a 3 gallon container. I'm pretty sure these are "Bloodgood", and the trees get about 20 ft. tall.
Here's a few more that are resting on the little bridge to the playhouse. This coming fall, i'll probably sell the gallon bucket with 5 in it for about $50. Someone will surely jump on that deal....
Photo below - here's a closeup for better visualization. The weakest ones will be culled later, leaving just 5.
In other news, more stuff is being planted in the garden - mainly tomatoes and peppers. In all, 25 tomatoes and 2 peppers have been planted this week. Over the weekend, the compost will be sifted to see what's available for the garden, and I really don't know what to expect. Sifting compost is a hard job, and takes forever! I don't like it one bit, either. But, it's gotta happen. I'll also start constructing small concrete pads for the rain barrels to sit on, because it's been predicted that the summer months will be pretty dry around here. With no substantial rain in the forecast for the next 10 days, i'll have plenty of time to get ready for when it finally does.
A couple of fishing trips with dear wife will take place too, and the flowerbed construction might also be started. If anyone would like for me to do a complete post on constructing a raised bed from landscaping timbers, just let me know in a comment, and i'll be sure to take some good photos of the process.
Take care, and happy gardening!