Just back from Chicago after spending Mother’s Day with my mother. It was a beautiful time to visit at the Morton Arboretum. Flowering trees, shrubs, daffodils and tulips all in bloom. After the very cold spring here in Central Oregon — the coldest April in about 30 years — this was especially delightful.
Now finally it is warming up. Time to get my own garden ready.

Redbud trees in bloom, Morton Arboretum

Redbud trees are in bloom in the background, with daffodils and jonquils filling the meadow in foreground. Photo by Ed Hedborn, thanks to mortonarb.org. Go to their site to see more.

I had 15 yards of garden soil (2/3 sandy loam, 1/3 organic mushroom compost) delivered a couple of weeks ago for my planned vegetable garden expansion to create a second 20 x 20 raised plot. I’ve rented a tractor, and this weekend my friend David who knows how to drive one (he grew up in Texas, which explains a few other things about him as well, like his love of country music) is coming over to place boulders to form my plot, and fill it with the garden soil.
Meanwhile, in my original plot, this week I’m planting my cold-tolerant seeds and starts: lettuces, spinach, carrots, radishes, asparagus crowns, seed potatoes, beets, chard, and several kinds of peas.
When the soil in the new plot is warm enough (I’m investing in a soil thermometer), the more tender veggies will go there: tomatoes, eggplant, squash, beans, corn, peppers and more.