April Gardening in Seattle: Fertilizing and Flowers


Spring is in full roar here at the Seattle Foodshed’s home gardens. The leaves are unfurling, the first vegetables are growing, and we’ve received some delightful surprises in the form of tulips we forgot we’d planted. Here’s what we’re doing in the garden this month.

Kiwis!
Kiwis!

First of all, we are hopeful that THIS is the year the kiwis bear fruit. Last year was too cold, but THIS year we’ve got them fertilized, pruned, set up on their own trellises, and ready to go. Plus there’s tulips in the kiwi beds to help encourage bees to come by and do a little cross-pollination.

Tulip Surprise
Tulip Surprise

The grape vine isn’t particularly exciting to look at at the moment, but it does have these cute flowers in its bed. And it’s duly fertilized and ready to go, too. One day we’ll get organized and make a tiny batch of wine from the grapes, but so far we just eat them with some white wine and cheese, which is also lovely.

Grape Vine
Grape Vine

The blueberries are ready to bear a great crop this year. Surprisingly, the birds share these berries very nicely with us (maybe it’s all the bird food we have out back for them?)

Blueberry Flowers
Blueberry Flowers

The little peas we planted last month are pushing their heads above ground… So cute!

The Peas Are Starting!
The Peas Are Starting!

And the baby bok choi is really taking hold. We’ll be eating these leaves soon.

Baby Bok Choi is Growing Up
Baby Bok Choi is Growing Up

You may recognize these strawberries from our surprise discovery of them last month. Well, they seem quite happy being transplanted, and are blossoming away!

Strawberry Blossoms
Strawberry Blossoms

Stay tuned as the garden grows and we plant more items!

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