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March 10th in a California Garden

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by , 03-13-2011 at 11:37 AM (540 Views)
Oops, a few days late posting this!

Spring is definitely on its way!! The seeds I planted indoors are all sprouting and growing quickly, reminding me of how soon the day will come when I can put them outside!! Growing in my windowsill right now: cotton, zucchini, cilantro, basil, oregano, peppers (mystery), cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, scallions, and pickling cucumbers.

Out in the yard, I had a mystery occur. Something (or someone) uprooted two of my newly-planted fruit trees: a cherry and an apple. I have replanted them, but it remains to be seen whether they will survive. The rest of the trees are doing well, and many are in full bloom already. The nut trees (almond and Chandler walnut) are a little behind all the others, but they have buds just starting to break on them.

My transplanted trees and shrubs are all healthy and thriving. The pomegranate seems happy in its new location, and it is putting out leaves like crazy. The grapevines are still dormant, so I don't know if they will handle their transplant, but unfortunately, they were SO rootbound, that I think they wouldn't have survived another season anyway. If they don't make it, at least I have a prepared site to plant new ones.

I planted garlic in three different beds, and one of them was apparently better than the rest, because the garlic is already poking up out of the ground there. I might have planted the other cloves more deeply, so I haven't given up just yet.

Spring keeps peeking up out its hiding place, then going back underground, but we are having consistently more nice days than cold and nasty ones, so I think it is just a matter of weeks now before I can start transplanting.

Still working on my deck project, and I mention that in my gardening blog only because the big chore I still have is to move and/or transplant a number of large containers that currently house fruit trees and shrubs.

That is about all that is going on in the garden this week. Hopefully, as the season progresses, I'll have more exciting updates!

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Updated 03-14-2011 at 11:41 AM by madhen

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