This morning I took a drive to Westlake Junior High to meet with staff from the school’s family center to start planning and preparing for this year’s community garden. Last year was such a huge success and we have a lot to live up to this year to continue that success.
I love surveying a garden in the spring as there are always some overwintering surprises, some planned and some random. What we found amongst the weeds, that were planned, were spinach, cilantro, garlic, swiss chard and rhubarb.
The strawberries have spread and need to be thinned and the oregano and sage are doing well. There are random green onions sprouted from onion sets not picked last year and there is seeded out volunteer lettuce in various places throughout the garden. It’s nice to be able to pick a weed salad of lettuce.
Tomorrow there are volunteers coming to help weed the garden, spread out the topsoil from the saved sod rounds and complete the shed. Hope the rain holds off.
On a personal note, I am getting my order of honey bees tomorrow morning from Jones Bees in Salt Lake. I have the first hive box ready in the garden and I am excited to start this bee project that I have been procrastinating doing for years. I have placed the hive in the bottom, middle portion of my yard to reduce any fears my neighbors may have over a hive of bees in the neighborhood. Bees are unlike wasps in that they are very docile when out foraging and the only aggressive bees are generally in and around the hive box itself when they feel threatened. The bees will be a great addition to all the neighborhood gardens through their pollination and I am looking forward to my own brand of fresh honey this fall. I am very excited to hive my first colony of bees. Here’s a toast to not getting stung in the process. Stay tuned….there may be some off color words in my next post from the process as I have been told to wear the veil but not gloves when hiving the colony.