Things have really progressed this week in the garden! First of all, the temperatures have been getting into the low 80’s and the overnight temps have stayed in the 40’s the past few nights. I’ve started planting some of the veggies, but am holding back on the tomatoes a bit longer as it’s supposed to be windy on Sunday into Monday. The last few nights I’ve kept the plants out overnight, but covered.
A lot of annuals overwinter well here. The petunias, for example. A couple of years ago I had some petunias that lasted 2 years! Tthe purple and fuschia petunias from last year started blooming this week. The purple flowers are particularly striking, but seem more fragile…here’s the first one of the year:
Snapdragons do well in the ground and pots, too…and they take only a short break depending on how mild the winter is….
The New Mexico Privet in the backyard is starting to bud out! Meanwhile, out front, the NM privet that I’ve been training as a tree hasn’t even started. That’s what micro climates are all about here.
In the fruit department, the grapes and figs are really on the move! And the peaches on the tree in the warm corner have doubled in size. Meanwhile, in the more sheltered area, that peach tree is just barely getting bud swell.
By the time the April winds die down, half will be gone…
Here’s one of the artichokes…I bought two, but each pot was a double and I managed to tease out 4! I’m going to see how they do and if they can grow as perennials here…
Finally, here’s very lucky shot I got of a very small spider web on the slow-developing peach tree at the side of the house. It’s a miracle I got this shot!!
In the raised beds, over the last couple of days I’ve planted a couple of eggplant and peppers in the garden, and took the stray potato that started growing in the composter and planted that, too. I soaked the chard and okra seeds overnight and planted them yesterday as well.
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