The crazy weather has been frustrating this year. We went from working outside in short sleeves, to 4 inches of snow, to just plain cold and wet. I have been trying to get some outside projects done and some planting started, but weather and available time have not been too cooperative.
Last weekend, I managed to complete a new planter for my strawberries. The planter (I’ll post photos soon) is a design I had been wanting to try for some time. It is essentially a pyramid shaped planter. I had seen it in a book I checked out from my local library a year ago called Classic Garden Structures : 18 Elegant Projects to Enhance Your Garden. (There are a lot of great projects in this book, by the way. I highly recommend it. Check your library if you are frugal like me, or get it from Amazon.com.) The basic design was also in a newsletter from RunnerDuck.com. (You can view the planter and project here.) The root stock for my strawberries is waiting patiently (I hope) to be planted. Hopefully I will have some cooperative weather.
Last night I planted rootstock for raspberries. I am hoping these will take and do well. I had planned on getting raspberries the last two seasons, but somehow never got around to it. This year we are starting with 1 year canes.
Seed starting has been a little slow this year as well. But with planting time right around the corner, I feel I had better get cracking! Weather permiting, we will be able to access the first of our garden plots April 15th so I expect to begin direct seeding soon as well.