Saturday, April 21

Note to Michele: mulch, planting and cats

We decided to mulch our garden because the weeds were just too out of control to pull. The ajuga I'd planted years ago was taking over despite our best efforts to keep it out of the vegetable garden. We figured a heavy mulch might be the easiest way to deal with it. So it was off to the garden center. My kitties followed me to the garden and I believe would have followed me to the garden center had I let them. These days if I'm outside, they follow me and watch my every move.
At the garden center, the plants were surprisingly small.
The weather has been so warm I guess I absentmindedly thought the plants would be bigger but really it is quite early. I have to remind myself it's only April!

These statues looked like a group of mourners at a funeral. I'd love to take a few home for my gardens if it weren't for the high numbers on those little blue tags they wear.
Back home, I planted my Easter lily which was going by.
My son planted the asparagus crowns he bought and mulched the garden. This year, we are using both salt marsh hay and straw to compare the two. Straw is much more affordable, so all other things equal we'll go with straw in the future. We paid 11 dollars a bale for Salt Marsh Hay but only 8 dollars a bale for straw.
I also planted some seeds like peas, beans, cilantro, as well as a lettuce mix I picked up at the garden center. The strawberries are blooming, as is the ground phlox, and my daughter's radishes are sprouting.
We decided to keep our community garden plot this year. My son spent several hours at the work day getting everything weeded and ready to go for the year.

That's the update from here. What's new in your garden?


Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Your cats are so pretty! At first I didn't even notice the softly striped one laying by the stones!
My husband wanted me to go buy my annuals already and I had to remind him it's way too early for us here...The statues look pretty bad they are priced out! I've never used any straw for a mulch but I do know mulch helps a lot! The community garden looks interesting! Strawberries sound so good! My little cocker spaniel that I used to have would pluck off the ripe berries and eat them!! :-)

CK said...

The striped kittie, Chloe, turned one year old yesterday, on Earth Day April 22. If you'd like to see her as a tiny kitten and read her rescue story, I did a Happy Birthday tribute post to her at

Cathy and Steve said...

OMGosh, your kitties are precious! We are experiencing the same thing here... a very early warm spring, in an area where it is not considered "safe" to plant tender perennials and annuals before Memorial Day! I confess, we succumbed and went ahead and planted some anyway LOL. We got that gardening fever!

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