I’m sure many of you here in Western Washington can relate to the feeling of overwhelm that comes with the first-of-the-year yard clean. The sun is starting to peak out, the grass (and weeds!) are starting to grow again, and it’s time to get moving!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly but surely making progress on my yard and garden and thought I’d share an update. To be honest, I don’t have any big gardening goals this year. I’m content to have a beautiful and fragrant space to relax in and grow a few edibles to serve my family.
This is my favorite plant in the yard – it’s a bleeding heart! I bought it at Fred Meyer several years ago and every spring it pops up and is just so beautiful! If you’re looking for a showy, shade-loving plant to add, consider this one.
A mix of raspberry and mint plants growing together. They always just pop up! The container “contains” them nicely, but unfortunately when I moved some of the raspberries from one container to another a couple years ago, somehow they spread a bit… this time of year, I’m pulling up shoots from unwanted areas.
The plants are looking really healthy this year!
To be honest, I’m forgetting exactly what kind of plant this is… I think some sort of passion flower? I planted it in one of the larger outdoor pots last year and now it’s coming back. I guess I get to be surprised when it blossoms this year!
The kids and I planted some seeds a couple weeks ago and they have all sprouted. (I took a bunch of pictures on our planting day, but sadly something happened to my memory card and they were all deleted! It was a sad moment when I realized that!) The sprouts above are loose-leaf lettuce. We also planted peas, carrots, kale, and beats – all of which has sprouted! I didn’t end up placing a seed order this year – I just used what we already had on hand.
I picked up a small oregano and rosemary plant to fill in. Herbs are one of my all-time favorite edibles to grow.
A bunch of peas have sprouted too! I need to get the stakes ready for these because I know they are about to take off soon!
My container blueberry plant already is full of blossoms this year!
My kiwi vines are looking great this year. I don’t see a bunch of new shoots as I did last year, but it’s covered in leaves and I think is looking pretty healthy.
I also have a gooseberry plant growing in a container. It’s got a few blossoms on it, too.
A closer view of my kiwi vines. In case you’re wondering, yes, you can grow kiwi in Western Washington! You need a male and female plant and a sturdy support system to grow them as they do tend to take over.
I’ve been noticing a few ladybugs in the yard and garden already! That’s a great sign. (Of course, it could also mean that we’ve got aphids too…)
I’m excited to hear that we should be getting a string of really nice, sunny days this week. I’m hoping that means that my little plants will do some more growing!
I’d love to hear from you: have you gotten any work done in the garden or yard lately? Any plans to garden this week?