New leaves growing on a pumpkin plant

Just a couple weeks ago, I thought I might have lost all my seedlings to frost damage. I was disappointed, but hopeful that we’d have a few survivors. As it turns out, everything except my tomatoes (and even one of those) are slowly recovering. Every day there are new, tiny little leaves sprouting and I admit I get a little giddy when I see them.

The tomato that survived

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend in the US and since the weather was beautiful, we had the chance to do a lot of work outside. We cleaned up our compost area and put up a new compost bin. Using what I learned from a compost workshop (that I will explain in a post soon), I know that this new bin will work better than our old one. To be specific: it won’t stink!!

We also started the labor-intensive process of expanding our garden bed. That included cleaning up the grass clippings and leaves that were piled up to kill the grass, dig down to level out the bed area, lay down hardware mesh to prevent gophers from getting in, and then building the wall! Next I’ll have to round up some aged manure to mix in with my soil and we hope to have it all done this next weekend so I can plant everything.

I’ve already planted my zucchini (five of them – I will be making a lot of zucchini bread!) and most of my herbs. Beans and snap peas are also in and growing well. I feel like I’m a little behind schedule with the rest of the plants, but in years past I’ve usually had to replace plants killed by frost or bugs around this time, so I think it all evens out.

What did you do over the holiday weekend (if you had one)? Do you have all your plants in the ground?