Saturday, April 28, 2007
My husband had Google Earth on the computer the other night. I checked out our garden (photo from very early last spring before we'd added new beds though).
Hey, if I can see my garden, I wonder if I can find other vegetable gardens in the area. Yes! I can! I found some amazing gardens not too far away. Now how to meet these people.
Errr... Hello - I saw your garden on Google Earth. Do you want to be friends?
But, then, we gardeners might actually not think twice about a stranger at the door wanting to talk gardening! What do you think?
I think you have to do the free download before you can Google Garden. DH had already done it some time ago so I'm not sure how it works exactly. Here is the link: Google Earth. If you have questions about it for DH, I'll get answers.
(I'm still involved in my special work event so still a little light on blog visits/comments and gardening until later next week.)
Friday, April 27, 2007
I have one more just sprouted in the house, and perhaps a few more seeds will come through. Once I get this guy in the ground, I'll seed some others around him. We had a meal in York, UK that left quite the memory. Guess I'll be figuring out how to cook them now.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I had read that beet seeds are actually little seedballs with two to six individual seeds. When I planted them, I looked and thought perhaps these were already broken apart as I couldn't tell that they were clusters. The proof is in the sprouts though! The dreaded thinning will be needed soon.
We've had rather nice weekend weather. A little more of an outside project than I had time for, but the weather called for it! I will be aching tomorrow and will post about it later in the week.
Then, tonight, I locked myself out of the house while DH was running an errand. ... but it gave me a chance to hear the owls hooting because, otherwise, I wouldn't have been wondering around outside at dark-thirty!
Friday, April 20, 2007
The bottom rock has been in the herb bed, but the top rock I just saw tonight.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Beets planted 4/7 are sprouting and there are a few volunteer sunflowers sprouting! We're probably not past the last frost yet, but I wonder if I could plant some other sunflowers too.
The broccoli also started from seed and planted out a couple weeks ago seems to be quite happy. I remember the seedlings I bought last year took forever to show some growth.
These next two weeks are going to be more time tight than usual, but I do still hope to make some blog rounds as this provides a nice sanity break. Please be patient if you don't hear from me.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Above, from the north end looking south. The light tan/green areas are 4 beds from prior years. This end of tilled space will be 2 or 2.5 new beds. The tilled area in front of the chairs will be the expanded herb, etc. area. I don't mind the grass around the outside, but I don't want it between the beds.
Behind the chairs is another fenced area (former small pasture) where the sunflowers and pumpkins grew last year (& this year). Yesterday, I planted sweet peas along the fence line in that area.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Above, I haven't looked up this name yet. Do you know what it is? A number of shrubs & perennials came with the house so I haven't sorted out all of the names yet.
Have a sniff of a fragrant Viburnum. There are several of these cheerful shrubs around the house.
This hard to photograph little blue sweetie is blooming in the shade bed next to the Lungwort and Viburnum. They're similar to Forget-me-nots, but I think they are something else. Do you know?
Apple trees are just starting to bloom, along with the pear trees. The fruit cherry trees have been blooming. The ornamental cherry trees are mostly finished now. Grape hyacinths around the pond. Not easy to get this perspective of a grape hyacinth!
And the honeysuckle bush blooms are just starting to open. They aren't as fragrant as the vines which aren't blooming yet.
Other blooms: The white bleeding hearts, photographed with the rabbit earlier this week, pansies, violets, vinca minor, some yellow with a flower similar to phlox but without the fragrance, variegated dead nettle that is taking over places where I don't want it (it may have another name).
Lots of bud shooting up in the garden and forming on other shrubs.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Big brother tomatoes here, were started March 3. They've been in the house ever since their purple screams, but I hope they'll now get comfortable in the garage under the light. As a side note, see the stone semi-circle and pipe out the window? The pipe is 4 feet, same as my beds. The stones are currently somewhere I don't want them so I'm considering using them as end caps for the garden beds. As they are, it has been a struggle keeping a clear line between the end of the bed and the grass. Straight ends would be more practical for grass trimming, but I think I'd like the curves.
The outside winter sowing experiment has had some good results. (I do take the caps off on the sunnier days.) They do get more light being outside. They are also should be better adjusted to the temperature patterns outside.
Lettuce seedlings and my first Swiss chard (Bright Lights). All my other lettuce seedlings were planted out in the garden last weekend, so these will be the next wave.
Spinach and broccoli here. My earlier seeding (inside) of spinach didn't sprout so I'm glad to have some here. Earlier seedlings of broccoli were also planted out in the garden last weekend.
The other seedlings now up in the milk jugs are nasturtiums. So far, the older seeds of catnip, chamomile and columbine haven't sprouted.
Inside today, I did plant some more seeds to go in the "oven." Hyssop, spicy globe basil, fennel and more nasturtiums.
So now I'm going to go curl up with a blanket. I've been cold all day. Hopefully, tomorrow won't have such a cold wind blowing and I can play a little in the newly rototilled space.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Last fall, I spread grass cuttings in this area and then put down burlap green coffee bags (see above). I thought I would go back later and also put sheets of newspapers under the bags to kill out the grass, but I never did. The dirt pile above is where I did a little digging to see if the soil was dry enough to till.
Above, as I removed the bags for tilling, I pulled back this bag on a pathway. I had put newspaper down first in the paths. It is now deteriorating and the worms seem to like this environment. It really did help discourage growth in the paths.
In the photo above, I've removed the bags before tilling. They did discourage grass, but not dandelions! That's ok, I'll take whatever help I can get. After I form the new beds, I'll put the coffee bags down again to prevent weeds before I'm ready to plant beans and other warmer weather vegetables. As I dig in the compost, I'll remove some of those dandelion roots.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
I lost a few windows during the December wind storms. So, rather than use my original set-up from last year (see this link and this one), I decided to set them up directly in the garden. This way, some plants can actually go in the ground rather than hanging out longer in pots while they benefit from some protection. Some of these windows won't last much longer so next year, I'll move on to some sort of tunnel/hoop cloche for 1 or 2 beds.
Left, front A-frame above has volunteer chives and a few lettuce seedlings planted Saturday. Next right has large pea seedlings hardening off before being planted. Next right has just seeded beets and 2 broccoli seedlings just planted out. Far right A-frame has many lettuce seedlings and 2 more broccoli seedlings planted out on Saturday. I'll have some of the lettuce cleared out and the A-frame gone before the broccoli plants need all of the space.
My new (used) Easter (garden) basket. I don't know if the dividers are to separate wine bottles or something else, but they really work to keep tools in place, hold seed packets and to separate the camera from the tools. I've not been a big glove wearer, but now I wear these most of the time. Before the sun moved on, it was just a beautiful time for puttering around in the herb bed, pulling some young grass and dandelions and checking everything out. And these are the little "Easter eggs" I found digging around in the herb bed. I'm also happy to see the bee balm / Monarda sending up shoots. The wonderful rosemary, sorry to say, did not make it though the snow and ice this winter. It was the trailing type and I've found it to be more sensitive to cold winters than the upright rosemary.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Tonight a little after 7pm. But I don't think it will stick around for long.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
In the winter sowing experiment on March 24, I'm seeing little lettuce, spinach and broccoli when I peek in through the top. The inside seedlings in that same post have sprouted tomatoes, basil, spicy globe basil, and anise hyssop.
In the garage, the lettuce and peas are growing roots out the bottom of the pots so they can walk themselves to the garden.
In the garden, I'm seeing volunteer borage seedlings throughout. There may be also some bachelor button seedlings.
Oh, yes. After a few cold and quiet nights, frog and friends are singing again.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
The ingredients?: Sunflower seeds, salt (but light), LICORICE and FENNEL, artificial sweetener. The seeds are soaked and boiled with the ingredients and then dried. They aren't messy in the hand and what a nice flavor!
Do you think I can make them from my sunflowers? I have fennel seedlings and anise hyssop seedlings which are supposed to have nice licorice-flavored leaves. I can feel an experiment coming this summer! Thanks for sharing, L!
Monday, April 02, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
...So the real question is who do you think has been eating these peas? A slug would have finished the whole leaf. Who would only be eating in such a decorative manner?