My fourth season as a gardener, that is. My plot is almost cleared of weeds, and I'm really amazed at how much work it is to have gotten this far. I've gone out twice for a total of maybe four hours to clear the measly 7x23-foot plot and realized I have muscles I'd forgotten completely about since this time last year. Living in a rented apartment, we've lost some of our old timers who were here four years ago and have added new people to the mix. Out of ten plots, only Carol and I have been here since the beginning.
Looking at the plots on the south side
The left-most plot, Alex's, is partly cleared and he's got a bunch of fresh dirt under the blue tarp. You can see that Carol's plot already has some starts in it, and next comes Hedi's plot, with last year's strawberries and blueberries. The next one, Beth's, hasn't been touched yet. She's got two kids in elementary school and holds down a full-time job, so I'm not surprised she's not been out yet. In the foreground are weeds in the community garden that still need to be pulled out.
Lilacs almost ready to bloom
I thought as fast as the lilacs have been growing that they would have begun to bloom by now. I'm glad we still have some time, as they come out fast and don't last long. With apologies to those of you on the East Coast who hardly have seen your first signs of spring, we are ahead of schedule here, for sure. Now I'm off to the garden store to get some supplies for the garden.