When we moved here last year Mid-March we were still banging the snow off of our boots on the front porch. This winter was a lot easier on us New Yorkers, and now it seems like Spring is rolling out of bed a little earlier than normal as well. The last couple of weeks have been pretty therapeutic for me. It’s hard to be stressed out when you’re elbow deep in earth and every breeze carries the scent of the basil and mint you’re planting.
We live in a community run by an HOA that maintains the grounds, so all of my gardening has to be done out of planters on our large back deck. Last year I was new to gardening and used resources like Golly Gee Gardening to help me navigate what I was doing. I stuck to herbs, and some pole beans the A planted with his class. This year I decided to sacrifice a little more of the deck to gardening, which means our patio furniture is being moved to one side to make room for some larger planters. Our deck has been looking a little old and tired recently which is why I decided to convert part of the deck to a garden. We still have quite a large deck though! In fact, I have been thinking about giving it a fresh new look. Our decking has definitely seen better days and is in desperate need of a fresh coat of sealant to protect it from the elements. The snow and damp have definitely worn away at some of the panels and so I want to get our decking looking back to its best. I’ve thought about contacting a deck sanding company but I haven’t got round to it yet. I’m so forgetful! Some things are best left to the professionals, and getting your deck sanded is one of those things! I might even get my decking painted once it has all been sanded down and sealed. What do you think? Anyway, I’ve started most of my seeds inside already and they’re coming up nicely. My fig tree has leaves coming in already as well. Today we took advantage of the nice weather to move some of our seedlings outside – namely the pole beans that have already outgrown their starter pots and the mint plants. My husband picked up four tomato plants as well! Right now everything is hanging out in my driveway, where they can easily be pulled into the garage on the nights the temperature dips too low, but I’m hoping to move them out to the deck shortly. Hopefully, this should keep the pests away for the time being. That is my worst fear; having all of my hard work undone by a pest infestation. Thankfully my friend has recommended to me that I should check out this website – https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/ if I discover that I have this problem. This is probably a better option than trying to get rid of them myself as I don’t think I’d know where to start. But for the time being, I just need to make sure that my tomato plants are growing nicely.
Tomato plants are still spending the cooler nights inside our garage to prevent frost damage.
New leaves on our smugglers fig tree.
All ready to get our mint plants in outdoor pots.
Just clearing out some of last years planters and moving everything around has taken some time. It was great today to actually plant some of our seedlings. The kids were excited about getting dirty and it definitely made us feel more Spring-like! We even found that some of our pansies had come in – they beat even the tulips!
The return of our favorite birds to the feeder is another welcome sign of warmer days. The kids love the woodpeckers and finches in particular and before long we’ll be watching them every morning, but for now just the occasional visit is exciting! This weekend we are working on making some Bird Seed Ornaments to hang off of the trees right outside out kitchen window. They were a big hit last year – fun to make and even more fun to watch as the birds flocked to them.
Our first glimpse of color!
My favorite bird watching chair.
I hope you’re all enjoying the signs of spring where you are! I’m hoping to make a trip to Bear Mountain next week, maybe I’ll come back with some great Spring photos to share!