Schlafly Gardenworks in April

After missing the last couple of monthly first-Saturday gatherings in the garden at Schlafly Bottleworks,  I finally made it to April's last weekend.

The weather was great, a good number of people turned out, and I got a chance to see how things went over the winter for the garden. (I didn't take an overall photo of the garden as I usually do. Sorry about that.)


I had expected to see more plants that had been overwintered, but most of the beds had just been planted with seedlings, or were looking a little ragged:

Cilantro and chickweed in almost equal parts (not really), but looks great:

Spinach a little burned but not bad:

Nolan planting tomatoes in the hoop house:

These look great! I'll be buying a couple of tomato plants in a month or so -- I only started two myself. Cutting back on the number of tomatos planted was one of my goals this year.

Many trays of seedlings:

In the cold frame too:

Coffee grounds are plentiful, and being worked into some of the beds to help acidify a bit and to provide nutrients:

Used hops scattered all about -- imagine that.

This rosemary not only overwintered unprotected, but it's flowering!

Burlap is used to keep newly-seeded beds moist -- Jack says it really speeds germination of some things like lettuces:

Usually these monthly meet-ups leave me feeling disappointed with my own edibles, but not this time. Our slow start to spring means that there wasn't I'm quite pleased with how my own veggie beds are doing, mainly because of tips provided by Nolan and Jack.

A fun visit as always! See you there in early May!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM)  

This is a huge operation! I guess I hadn't realized before how much they grow.

Lisa  – (April 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM)  

I don't understand this phrase "cutting back on the number of tomatoes planted". My goal every year is MORE TOMATOES! Until my husband reins me in... killjoy!

Oh, spring. I remember you! This is the year of "the spring that never came" I fear.

The Gardening Blog  – (April 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM)  

Sorry Alan - I can't see the photos :-( don't know why!

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