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"Underneath an apple-tree Sat a maiden and her lover; and the thoughts within her he Yearned, in silence, to discover. Round them danced the sunbeams bright, Green the grass-lawn stretched before them While the apple blossoms white Hung in rich profusion o'er them." ~Will Carleton
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"The apple blossoms' shower of pearl, Though blent with rosier hue, As beautiful as woman's blush, As evanescent too." ~Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The apple blossoms are just beginning to bloom here, their tightly formed buds releasing, upon nature's provocation, into gentle floral enchantment. The abundance of last year's harvest has me yearning for summer's bounty.
Many of you have already posted photos of your spring gardens and have so much in abundance already! One of these years I'll plant on time. I like to start from seed, but I do have some starts as well just in case my own don't do as well as I hope.
I've planted by seed:
Heirloom Manitoba Tomato- 2
Heirloom Glacier Tomato- 2
Celebrity Hybrid Tomato- 2
Longstanding Cliantro- Bed
Clemson Spineless Okra- 2
Scarlet Nantes Carrots- 7 Rows
Improved Tendergreen Garden Bean- 55
Juliet Grape Tomato- 1
Beefmaster Tomato- 1
Crookneck Squash- 2
Lemon Balm- 1
Red Onion- Bed
I don't have a lot of space to work with, but it's enough to plant conservatively. I implement container gardening when I can, but some plants aren't fond of captivation and require a loose potting mix if container gardening is the only option. I've found that bush beans do great in containers as they don't need much root space. This year, though, I plan to transport my seedlings directly into the ground once they're large enough to do so. For half of the tomatoes, I'll use the large pots; the other half I'll plant in-ground as an experiment to see which do better: the outdoor or the greenhouse method. The seven rows of carrots are along one side of the yard, in a 1 and one half by 12 foot space. It's a new endeavor, but I'm hoping they'll be fine.
I planted in the beginning of this month and already, the bush beans and cilantro are appearing and all of the starts are doing great. I had starts of strawberries also, but after replanting them they wilted and are nearly dead now. If any of you have a green thumb, I'd appreciate your advice!