April Garden Wander- #2

Maybe it's just my state of mind, but I'm not super-excited about the garden today. Most of my early vegetables seem to be in a state of suspended animation. The peas and spinach appear to be about the same size as they were last week. The onions and beets might have grown a tiny bit, but there is not a whole lot happening on the food production front. Is it the cooler weather? A lack of water? Do they need more nutrients? I have no idea. I think that's one reason I'm still a beginner gardener. Instead of figuring this out, I just despair and figure it's a lost cause. I think I will water in some soluble fertilizer today. It's not warm enough to plant out warm season crops and I might plant a bit more lettuce, but right now I'm just waiting for everything to grow. 

Meanwhile, the theme of waiting seems to be playing out in other areas of the garden. 

I'm waiting to get the gravel I need to finish my new raised beds area. I built these from rough cut oak lumber (with a total cost of just $55.00!) and love the way these are turning out. The gravel will just about finish the hardscape of this area. This is the only full-sun spot in my yard and it will be where I grow tomatoes, peppers, okra and other plants that require full-sun. Sadly, the neighborhood cats love these beds too, so I need to figure out something ASAP for that. 

Meanwhile, I'm waiting for lots of plants to bloom: my favorite rugosa rose, 

A shrub-size snapdragon that overwintered, 

Some sage, 

and Iris. 

If there is one thing in the garden that makes me happy today, it's the strawberry plants. I planted a bunch of them last year and despite the facth they are in partial shade, it looks like we will be harvesting berries soon. 

I spent sometime checking out Smart Gardener this morning, it's a vegetable garden planning site that actually seems easy to use. It gives planting recommendations and weekly garden chores. I'm going to give it a try when I have more time to mess around with it. I'm on the lookout for more garden blogs to read, particularly some in my zone- 6- so please share your favorites in the comments.