Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Second Time Around

Since the eggshell experiment failed, I decided to go with traditional starter trays with 98% success! I am guesstimating the percentage; however, I planted three 72-cell trays and all but 24 cells have fully germinated. 24 out of 216 – you do the math, I don’t really care. 🙂 Oh, and I replanted 12 cells and transplanted the corn to larger cells. So, I guess I have planted 228 and I have partial germination in the 24 cells (I plan to replant once I transplant the other cells into larger containers).

So here they are: (since they are in a window pictures are dark, but you can see the growth)

wpid-img_20150409_072019527_hdr.jpg      Corn babies. wpid-img_20150408_145150079_hdr.jpg wpid-img_20150408_145157417_hdr.jpg         Lettuces, spinach, etc.            wpid-img_20150408_145211753_hdr.jpg

 

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I purchased clear plastic solo cups to transfer my non-cold resistant plants into to allow them to grow a bit more. My plan is to transplant the cold hardy plants into the garden this weekend. Peas, lettuce, etc can go in the garden bed while the others can get a little more strength while we begin hardening them off during the day. I will probably need to replant the onions, leeks, and chives as they are not looking their best and am not certain they will transplant well. Since I am square foot companion gardening this year I can direct seed in a couple of the squares and transplant what I have. I will thin them out as necessary.

Due to my dirty, rotten, stinking allergies being twice obnoxious this year I am not as ready to plant this year. I will have one bed ready this weekend and possibly have the second moved and filled. One day outside in windy conditions sent me inside for four and one-half.

For more information on square foot gardening: http://www.melbartholomew.com/

For companion gardening: http://permaculturenews.org/2010/07/30/companion-planting-guide/

For companion square foot gardening: http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/companion-planting/

 

 

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My Garden is Growing

We have had some wonderful weather this past week and I thin every growing thing has grown a foot! I will be posting pictures tomorrow to show the growth we have seen this week. Before and after.

We are also planting red, yellow, and blue potatoes tomorrow. Building fences to let the beans and peas grow upright. A bunch of mini-projects in the garden but the outside needs some sprucing and weeding as well.

Oh, and we are putting in a new compost area to recycle the scraps in the kitchen! We started small this year with composting. We have discovered that by running the scraps through the blender/food processor first and then placing them in the garden they compost much faster. My husband has been dumping the raw scraps in a corner of an old garden area but I made him stop because a couple squash seeds germinated! We are going to put them in a different area and throw in some old seed potatoes to watch what happens. The soil is pretty great and the brown matter is available as well. We are going to use some old logs around the area instead of building new raised beds.

A lot to do outside before tackling my indoor projects. Cleaning, cooking, lesson plans, laundry and sleep by 8 AM. Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! Yeah, right.

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Look who visited my garden.

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We had to cut him loose as he was caught in the deer netting. She/he (I don’t know how to tell the difference) is a 4 foot long black snake. When he figured out we were trying to rescue him, he stopped shaking his tail at me as I cut him free. Ryan snapped this shot as I was about to cut his head free.

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Spring time again

 

Well, it is time again! We have the new garden almost in and the netting is up. Mark and I spent this week cleaning a space and putting the fabric

down. We built our three beds today, and finistartingshed filling 2 of them.

Hopefully, tomorrow will allow me to fill the 3rd bed. I hope to get the plants in this week. 🙂

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What the ….

Roast beef

Roast beef (Photo credit: Mike_fleming)

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purple crocuses with closed bloom Français : Des crocus violets, avec leurs fleurs fermées. Italiano: Infiorescenze chiuse di piante del genere Crocus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where did spring go?! It was 45 when I got up for work this morning! I hope it doesn’t get any colder at night or my tomatoes and peppers will be very unhappy. We cooked a roast in the crock pot and had red potatoes and carrots

along side. Winter food! No marshmallows on the grill tonight, brrrrr!!

Hubby watered for me today and we are expecting rain tomorrow. Keep those fingers crossed for temperate climate this year. My friend in Colorado is dealing with SNOW!!! Such a four-letter word! Pretty but COLD! Another four-letter word for this southern girl.

Keep gardening my friends!

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Survival of the fittest

We have survived. The garden, that is. I had to cut about two feet off the tomato plants and hubby built a nice trellis to tie them up. The storms have not killed them off!! I did add more soil to the beds to help with root growth and stability as well.

The cucumbers are doing well. The pickling cukes I planted first have grown up and across the tops of my deer netting!! I plan to snip at least one today as it is about six inches. I make a cuke and onion salad for hubby that he will eat daily!

It rained too much and then got too hot too quickly for my lettuce. Much of it turned stringy and went to seed, as did my radishes and beets. I will re-plant in the fall. The chocolate mint is loving this weather! Most of the herbs are having a swell time in this hot wet weather.

My poor peppers are not loving the rain so much and the cloudy days. SOMETHING is eating at the leaves as I have tiny holes all over them. They are also curling. Have to do a little research.

Something else has been growing in the fields around us – chiggers and ticks. We did something we HATE to do – we sprayed insecticide in the field behind the house – only about 30-40 feet from the back of the house. We do not wander in the woods much so we did not go any further. I do not like using insecticides; HOWEVER, we felt it was a last resort. Since my diagnosis with Lyme Disease and the overpopulation of ticks (cannot walk to my garden without numerous getting on me) we had to take care of the immediate problem. We also discovered chiggers. My husband had never heard of chiggers before but after working outside one day – and not even in the tall grass – he was “bitten” from the chest downward. EVERYWHERE. He brought them in the house and infested our bedroom. I had to wash everything in very hot water. All of our clothing he touched or contaminated with his clothing and all of our linens.

We discovered the contamination when we both awoke with what looked like bites from waist down. After doing some investigating we discovered we had been infiltrated by chiggers. Using just an anti-itch cream was a temporary fix. We went to Wally-World and purchased benedryl cream and Chigg-Away. Seems to work.

Unfortunately, just walking to the end of my patio seems to get us covered in one or the other so we have taken steps to kill them back and then cut the grass/weeds/growth of vegetation down to the ground to remove any hiding places they have. We had planned to remove the growth anyway as we are building a deck off of the patio.

Life in Williamsburg is much more rural than Wytheville!

I go back to the doc this week to discuss the Lyme DIsease again as I am not sure the first round of anti-bacterial meds killed it off. Using colloidal silver and hemp oil as natural aids to assist me.

Now, off to fold and wash/dry laundry. WOOT! WOOT!

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Drowning

Well, thanks to Miss Andrea (Tropical Storm for those of you who do not watch the weather channel or any news programs) my poor tomatoes are drooped over. They were pretty heavy-topped to begin with and with the 9.45 inches dropped in as many hours everything is wilted and droopy!

I cam home last night as usual and finished making dinner. Sitting in my living room where I can see a goodly portion of my kitchen I noticed water seeping from under my refrigerator.

“Honey?” I begin, “Why is water seeping out from under the fridge?” Did I forget to remind you that I just came home from a very long and tiring week of end of school year mayhem? Well, I did.

“Noooo.” He responded. Yeah, we are very loquacious at 5:30 on Fridays.

We got up to investigate and found water seeping from between the floor and walls of our basement apartment. As I turned to look at my husband I noticed water pouring from my bathroom.

“Oh no!” I say. “Water is pouring out of the bathroom!”

Okay, you get the drift. Not only was it coming from the bathroom into the hall, it was coming from three of the four sides of our very square shaped apartment. We immediately moved any and all damageable furnishings and other items. We checked the laundry area to find the drain … well, NOT draining. I ran to retrieve towels to stop and absorb the water flow. The first round of water removed and towels in the washer to ring out as much water as I could before putting them back on the floor. We did this a couple of times before hubby called the property manager who came out with an industrial wetvac and assisted me with water removal. You may be wondering where hunny-bunny was while we toiled? Remember, he just had surgery so the job was mostly mine.

When the rain eased the flow of water eased, when it poured – you get it. Finally around 9:30 PM the rains eased and the water stopped flooding my apartment. I was able to put a third of all my towels into the washer for a real washing and take a break. No real damage. Two cardboard boxes with contents wet. I few cloth items stored in the laundry will need a washing. My nightstand got a little damp. You would never know we were flooded if you did not see the pile of towels being washed and dried or the giant wetvac in the laundry or the dehumidifier running to remove any semblance of moisture.

We were exhausted by bedtime. I haven’t looked at my gardens yet to see what damage 9.5 inches of rain can do. I am pretty sure it won’t be pretty. I will post pictures soon.

Oh, the benefit of some minor flooding? Any hiding of spider carcasses or dog-hair dust bunnies have been found and eliminated! The tile floors are REALLY clean!

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My one and only tulip.

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Kind of sad but it is the only one that survived last year, Two hyacinths but puny. 😦 A few others are attempting to grow so we will see what actually blooms! Can’t wait for this weekend to get the rest of the garden up and running!

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Container Gardening

In TN we lived in an apartment, so we container gardened. I even used a Topsy-Turvy to grow a tomato. It was good for what it was and we had a nice patio that got good sun.

Since we do not get good sun where we want to grow the veggies we decided to pot the tomatoes and the peppers. It is warm today but what sun I had is now gone. Three days of rain. I am putting them on the deck, which appears to get a few hours of direct sun and a lot of filtered sunlight. Hopefully, the bugs and the neighbors dog will leave them alone!

Pictures forthcoming!!

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