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Awards and Gardening Notes
My mead that I’d posted about earlier this year was recently awarded the bronze medal in the traditional mead category for the winemaker magazine international wine competition. We’re pretty excited! Now I’m in the process of narrowing down where I’ll source my honey from and attempt to improve on last years recipe. I simply cannot wait to get that new fermentation rolling along.
In other news, it’s been quite a busy time in my garden. All this wet weather has been really helping some of my plants and making other’s struggle. I certainly could probably grow champions next year during the spring.
I’ve decided to halt the potato box at it’s current height and see how it goes.I really want to have a good yield, but I don’t want to have the lower bed taters suffer. After some excellently warm weather yesterday and today, my cucumbers have finally come to life. The sweet potatoes are rallying and my newly mulched melon beds are doing much better. The grape vines have come to life and have started climbing. I can’t wait for the sunflowers and peas to start blooming in earnest.
Living in Maryland, we get a lot of very humid and hot days. I constructed a rain water collection system, but once the rain lets up I’m going to be harder pressed to use only rain water for my garden. I’m going to be looking into storing some of the city water in the barrel when it starts to get dry. I think that leaving the top off of the barrel will help to get rid of most of the chlorine (hopefully) before I have to use it on the garden.
The next big project that I’m looking to undertake is a sidepath from my front to my backyard that will help improve the drainage around my home as well as to minimize the mud during the wetter parts of the spring.
Anyone else doing fun things in their garden so far?
The house is full of quiet twilight because of the rain that moved in on us last night has stifled my sunlight. My children are watching some ludicrously colorful cartoon on Netflix instant, it’s sounds punctuated by my baby crawling across the hardwood floor. Kate is sleeping in, and I’m heating the water to make some coffee. I wanted to tack a pic of my kids blissfully enjoying the early morning, but the SD card has gone for a walk apparently. The TV is no longer holding their rapt attention. I guess it’s time for breakfast making.
The rain is beautiful. I’m excited to see the parts of my yard that I’ve stirred the composted soil into are doing much better with drainage. The yard is usually such a quagmire in mudseason, but it just looks like damp earth in those places that have been tilled. Maybe I won’t have to buy a yard afterall.
The rain is also saturating my garden beds. We just bought all the seeds and seedlings we could possibly have thought of yesterday from Gurnees on some ludicrous 50% off sale. We’re going to improve on last year’s garden design. No corn this year, too much effort and space demand for not much actual corn. But peas, beans, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, carrots, lettuce, and cucumbers will be heavily planted. I also bought grapes for planting along side of the trellis my wife bade me build for her. I have to pick up a garden bench now. I think it will be quite a thing to sit beneath the grape arbor and dream of wine and summertime once the vines have taken hold.