Last Frost

Last Frost

April  15.

Tax Day.

Average last frost date for north-central Alabama, near Birmingham. Plant Maps

 

I am usually chomping at the bit to get my vegetable garden started, having to fight the urge to plant tomatoes too early. And then when I lose that battle, having to try to wrap them up when that late frost hits. Well, MAY 15 has come and gone now, thats a whole month late!, but I went to Home Depot Sunday a week ago and bought some herb and vegetable plants. DIY

I have a small garden that I enclosed on three sides with some small metal fence panels. Each year I enlarge it slightly to accommodate a couple more tomato plants and this year is no exception. I am just late getting around to doing it. So two weekends ago I weeded half of it and then dug into my compost pile and added all that wonderful black gold into the half that was ready.

Do you compost? It makes me feel good when I dig into that finished compost and see all that black goodness and then get to add it to my clay soil in my garden.

After church, I bought enough plants to fill up that side of the garden. I just couldn’t wait any longer. Not even until I finished that other half!

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I had a visitor with me while I worked.

Honeybees

One little honeybee was visiting my thyme.

Honeybees

 

They are just the cutest little things.

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I continued to plant my tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and herbs while he buzzed happily around me.

 

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I had seen these adorable metal poppies at Home Depot weeks ago and wanted them then, but it was too far from payday so I didn’t get any. But when I saw them Sunday I knew I needed some. I put them out by the bee hives to see if they like to use them to drink water. Honeybees need a readily supply of water but it has to be very shallow for them to use and not drown. I hope they like them because that sure would be a really good excuse to get them in every color they have…

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I placed a seashell in each one to give the bees a place to land. I will probably replace the shells with those flat sided marbles at some point.

The fence panels all came from Lowe’s, and the posts came from Home Depot. They are discontinued and I NEED more posts!!!

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I also moved my St. Francis statue into the garden. He is surrounded by the herbs and I love him. He was on clearance at Lowe’s and Mr. Menace gave me to me for my birthday one year. They no longer carry this one, but here is a smaller one, Saint Francis. And here is an angel that is the same size as my St. Francis, Angelthat is very pretty!

And I HIGHLY recommend that little Ames Garden Cart that you see in the back left corner! It really helps with less back aches. I thought I bought mine at Lowe’s but I don’t see it on their website. Here is one at Walmart.

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I managed to get out of Home Depot without buying any flowers except this one:

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Isn’t it gorgeous? I hung it by the hot tub.

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Have I told you about out hot tub yet? We have plans to get a deck built around the hot tub this year. I hope to be showing you pictures of that soon!

 

So then this past weekend, I got the other half weeded and filled it mostly with tomatillos. I love homemade green salsa! I also found some purple basil and I got some okra seeds planted.

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OH! And I also found some blackberry bushes on the clearance rack so I bought all four of those. I am excited!! Can we fast forward to about two summers from now for some fresh blackberry cobbler?

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Yep. $3 each.

 

I still have one small spot in my garden that is empty. I can’t decide what to fill it with yet. Any suggestions?

 

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These are my best looking herbs of all. And look where they are growing:

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IN MY COMPOST PILE! LOL

Obviously, I threw some old plants in there that had some seeds and they are loving all that goodness! 🙂

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Lela says:

    You have planted some fantastic herbs! And I love that you do your compost. That is something I’d like to get into but I don’t think I know enough about it to do it correctly. I love your pretty garden touches, too. That chandelier is too cute!

    • gwingal says:

      Composting is not hard! Just layer your leaves with layers of kitchen scraps (no meats). I let nature takes it course and so it takes a whole year for mine to decompose.
      Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

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