Signs of Spring in Nashville!

It’s spring! It’s gardening time! Javi has been working on a hydroponic garden – more on that later – and we both spent some time recently sprucing up the vegetable garden and getting it ready for spring. This included emptying out the pots and filling them with fresh soil, adding manure to the raised beds and mixing it up with last year’s soil, and removing the pine needle mulch from the strawberries so they have unhindered access to the elements. Javi planted a new grape vine since one of the four we planted last year was uprooted by some unnamed doggo…and we bought a ton of annual flower seeds that we’ll plant in the front and back once the last frost is well and gone. We also spent an entire afternoon picking up sticks in the yard that fell during the last storm – and now we have a wheelbarrow full of kindling for our next fire pit gathering. En casa, Javier ha estado trabajando en un jardin hydroponico – mas sobre eso despues – y ambos pasamos tiempo arreglando el jardin y la huerta preparandonos para la primavera. Esto incluyo vaciar las maceteros y llenarlos de tierra fresca, agregar abono a las jardineras y mezclarlo con la tierra que tenian, y remover las agujas de pino de las frutillas para que puedan comenzar a crecer nuevamente. Javier planto una parra donde el ano pasado una planta fue desenterrada por un perro …y compramos un monton de semillas de flores anuales que plantaremos en el frente y atras en la huerta cuando pase la ultima escarcha. Tambien recogimos ramas que habian caido al suelo despues de la ultima tormenta asi que tenemos madera para hacer una fogata.

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The bulbs we planted (erm…Javi planted) back in the fall are starting to poke out of the ground, and the crocuses started blooming in the front yard.  The tulips will be blooming soon, and the hydrangeas, roses, hyacinths, and peonies are all showing some progress toward blooming and filling our front yard with color. It’s so much fun to track their growth! Do you see signs of spring where you live? Los bulbos que platamos (hmm…Javier planto) en el otono estan comenzando a aparecer, y un par de crocus han florecido en el frente de la casa. Los tulipanes estan creciendo, las hortensias, rosas, jacintos, y peonies estan progresando también y pronto llenara el patio de color. Es muy entretenido ver como crecen! Ven alguna senal de primavera donde ustedes viven?

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a couple of before / after shots – the bed in front of the front porch and the bed in front of the side of the house are the two showing the best bulb growth! We can’t wait til the tulips start to bloom!IMG_4499

3 responses to “Signs of Spring in Nashville!”

  1. Hey Leslie – just emerged from a hot bath, after I got myself soaked through – gardening in the rain! I had ordered a load of plants for our front garden – I am re-stocking completely following our recent building project. The plants had to go in the earth, the day started out as a glorious english spring day – sunny if not exactly warm… but by the time I had done the shopping and other chores, got myself, the compost, the trowels and the rake out there – it was pouring and freezing cold! No matter – the hydrangeas have gone in, and the baby lupins, the aquilegias, the geraniums (apparently hardy – but I’m not convinced…) and a lovely camellia…we’ll see. We’ve had such a mild winter – I do hope the weather doesn’t pull any stunts now… Your garden looks lovely – the spring bulls are so pretty… not much to show of mine yet – but as soon as it bursts into a riot of colour (I’m such an optimist!) L’ll post some pictures!

    Jenny and Tim (Tim is at pains to point out that he helped a bit too…!)

    • Jenny! Sounds like a beautiful garden! We just had a pesky mid-April freeze last night so we covered our baby trees, hydrangeas, peonies, lilies and strawberries with sheets and tarps to keep them cozy. It’s sunny and warm again today…hopefully that’s the last sign from winter and we can fully enjoy spring!

  2. I love what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the good works guys I’ve included you guys to my blogroll.

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