Oh, man! What a March. This month's warm temperatures led to some record breaking events in my own backyard garden, including my earliest "first case of poison ivy" ever. The grapevines find themselves pruned, the perfume roses are thinned and transplanted without permanent damage to myself (as evidenced below), and many a dead perennial is cut back and ready for new growth. My peas have solid top growth as a result of my pre-sprouting technique and my basement seed starting set up is overflowing with tomatoes, marigolds, and a few herbs.
Ah, but April gets really exciting, and my to-do list gets out of control. I personally love lists, and still have a notebook with various current lists broken down by subject, full of triumphant scratch outs, revisions, and additional notes. There's something very satisfying about a hand written list (says the 40+ year old Gen X-er) that the youngsters of today just can not appreciate. So let's get to it.
You will always find a collection of these dotting my April garden, and I usually keep them in place into June. I use them for my tomato, pepper, and eggplants as they are ideal for one plant each. This individual tubes are initially filled half way with water, and placed in the garden to heat up the soil. After a week or so, I pop my plant into the ground in the warm spot and place the wall-o-water around it, collapsing the top in a little. The water in the tubes traps heat during the day and pumps it back out at night, creating a tiny greenhouse. I usually keep them on as the plants grow up and out of them, at that point filling the tubes all the way to the top. This is a great way to get an early summer crop of tomatoes, and is the highlight of my April planting schedule!
That's all for now, fellow garden nerds! Get out there and get to work, and feel free to let me know on Facebook how your garden fares.
I am Laura; lover of plants, fan of words, drinker of wine, practitioner of yoga, planner of schemes, and conductor of the family crazy train, Check here for gardening fun, harvest recipes, yoga philosophy, and whatever else I love to write about.