Well, I've been busy!
Veg Garden Extension that I'd sheet mulched last fall is ready and fenced. Sowed some peas, swiss chard, mesclun mix, spinach, and broad beans so far.
The branches in the foreground is my neglected apple tree that I've been diligently pruning since late last summer. There is a 2' space between the branch-tip and the new bed. The floating-covered high bed is coddling some leaf lettuce started on a whim back in February, as well as some broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, and carrot seedlings. (We had lows in the 20's for the last few nights, tonight's low of 25Ã‚ÂºF should be the last -- hopefully, then lows should be hovering above freezing or just under). The 2' bed along the far fence was planted last fall with 2 sweet cherries to be fan espaliered, as well as garlic. Also planted day neutral strawberries and onions this spring.
Started a New Kitchen Garden right off the patio. It's a keyhole design 8' in diameter with 2'W bed and a strawberry jar in the middle. (approx 18" walk/work space) It's been fenced off with a 2'H green hex chickenwire fence since the photo was taken since the rabbits hop around the patio eating weeds that grows between the bricks.
This will be planted with all the family faves including day neutral and june strawberries in the jar, with the strict idea of being able to step out of the kitchen and get something for the meal without having to walk to the main Veg Garden. Starting with peas, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, mesculun, carrots, radish, and onions. Also will plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, beans, parsley and basil. Maybe expecting too much from a new bed, but will plan on continuous succession by alternating with legumes to plant fall crops as well, finally finishing with oats and clover.
Trying to grow rice this year. Here is my approx. 4'x4' paddy designed to collect water directly from the downspout:
I was only able to get Koshihikari seeds (150 days). Last year, we had a really hard freeze on Oct. 2. So waiting until 3rd week in May to plant is too much of a risk. I'm going to try sowing bare seeds and seedballs in early April and cover the whole bed with a floating cover. I'll also start some transplants for back up. I may have to fence this off later on as well since the rabbits supposedly LOVE rice greens.
BTW I saw the groundHOG! When I chased it, it ran through the hole it ripped in the bottom of the double-layer of plastic deer fence I'd rigged last year and to the back of the shed.
That's going to be ANOTHER major project....