When I started the garden this year I made a map of my beds and pots in a journal, and I marked the plants in the garden as well. This year I used leftover paint sticks for markers. I cut them in half. Without referring to my journal I'll know what's starting to come up.
I'm trying something new this year. I'm growing heirloom German Pink tomatoes from seeds. I got them at Seed Savers Exchange. I planted them in eggs shells that I washed out and saved. When they are big enough I can directly plant the shell in the garden.
I recently noticed these sprouts growing up in the grass. I thought perhaps I dropped a few seeds during planting. They were EVERYWHERE. It finally dawned on me that when I started my compost bin I broke down my fall pumpkins to start the pile. I remember thinking then I would regret that later. I am pulling new pumpkin sprouts daily!
There have been quite a few visitors to the garden already. Of course there are plenty of birds, ants, and spiders. One of my favorite visitors was this incredible moth that stayed with us for a few days.
And while there is no sign of hummingbirds yet, the butterflies have been taking advantage of the feeder. It has been a very uncommon season for butterflies. We have more this year than I can ever remember seeing before. One night, as the sun was shining on the west side of the house, they covered the siding as I stood in awe. Of course I didn't think to get my camera.
I'm ready for a good push of heat so everything will start shooting up. We had a good dose of rain this weekend and that will help as well. Before I know it, harvest will be here!
It's not too late to start your garden. See the links below for ideas.Choosing Seeds