Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

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. πŸ™‚

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Tomatoes, Peppers, Rain and Snails … oh, and chickens, too!

I have never before seen such large snails in my garden. They have been on every plant. Every herb, every vegetable. I am sure the fact that the sun does not hit the garden nearly long enough has something to do with the whole problem. And the rain. It doesn’t just rain her and then get sunny – all better. No, it stays cloudy for a day first, then rains by bucket loads and then stays cloudy a day later. Or so it seems to me and my poor plants. The peppers are still not happy about it. I planted two new peppers in a sunnier spot. I transplanted one pepper to a sunnier spot. We will see what transpires.

I had to pick a bunch of tomatoes after the last rain. They began to split. I did not want to lose them to insects to I picked them and brought them inside. We may have a plate or two of fried green tomatoes. We did have a few orangey-red ones so I took those too. The weather said rain. I see white clouds ans sun. Go figure.

 

Update on chickens:

Seems like the hawk that lives in our neighborhood has eaten a couple. Went from an even dozen to about 8, at last count. They are still getting out of the fenced enclosure and pooping on my doorstep. Hubby sent an email to the property manager – he stepped in it. She let him know the chickens would be relocated on Sunday. It is sad they could not have just taken better care of their animals. We don’t care about the chickens, but we care about stepping in poo when we are walking to and from the car. Maybe they have learned a lesson? Probably not. We have become the “bad guys” for ‘telling on them’. Actually, if my husband was a bad guy he would have called the police as having chickens where we live is illegal. If he was a bad guy he would call animal control about the dog who is left in her crate for 8-12+ hours six-plus days a week. Yeah, we’re are the bad guys.

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Been gone

I have been away from home for two weeks and left the garden to my husband. The first week, he was also gone and he came back to overly ripened cucumbers. He said they were all yellow and had to be discarded. 😦 I am really bummed because had he gone home when I though he was going, they would have been edible. Otherwise, I would have asked my neighbor to pick and eat them.

The tomatoes, he said, are finally coming along. If you remember, we had some storms that damaged the tomatoes and I had to cut the tops off. The have rebounded and hubby said he will have to support more of the branches.

He also said we have baby squashes!! WOOT!! Not much to say on anything else in the garden.

He did say that SOMETHING ate all of the petunias down to a stub and one of the potato tops?! We moved the petunias to the highest part of the brick ledge to deter the deer. We fenced in the hostas for the same reason. He is going to finish netting in the potatoes as well otherwise we may not have any at all!

I miss my garden. Even more when I see my hosts’ garden growing nicely – without tending, unless they are doing it by the moon. Anyway. They have some great big red tomatoes that I’d love to sink my teeth into.

I have almost been away from home too long. The longest has been a month without friends or family. This is nicer, though, as I am making friends and they are happy I am here. I will go home in about ten days to go to a conference and then return to Onancock for a couple of weeks more, I hope. We will see.

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Rain, Rain, GO Away!

My poor plants! Between the deer getting to the hostas and petunias and the rain flooding my backyard, let alone home, and causing my beautiful tomato plants to break – I am pooped. We are going to get new soil and hay and a trellis to hold them up. I am afraid I will have to cut the tops of the plants off to remove some of the weight. These storms have been awful!

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One goal accomplished!

We have this ugly retaining wall that was dug out and filled with gravel when stairs were put in last year. I filled about six inches in (on top of landscaping fabric) with a compost mix.

There is not enough sun there to growΒ  much more than what you see. Wild strawberries, catmint and hostas – which the deer got to last week!

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Seems the deer liked the light colored variegated hostas. They took a couple of bites from the darker ones but ate the leaves from all the lighter ones. We put up some fencing as a barrier. It is only temporary but it will keep them out!

So I put hubby to work elongating the area to put in peas and potatoes. It was a very warm morning so he is looking a might peaked!

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There is a little hay and dirt in the spot and the peas and potatoes are already growing. I added a little wood ash around the peas and beans to see if it will help keep the insects at bay!

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Wow! Look at the growth!

 

We went away for a few days and my plants went CRAZYY!!!100_1872 Look at the tomatoes!! They grew about 10-12 inches!

 

 

My lettuce has grown a couple of inches and my squashes and melons have grown about six!!

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Check out the herbs!! The marigolds are loving the rain too!

 

 

 

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Strawberries growing wild! Hope we get to eat them before the critters do! More lettuce growing as well.

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Hostas are loving this weather and the deer haven’t come to eat them!

 

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Catmint and chocolate mint are growing well also.

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Okay, I Cheated … So Sue Me.

State fruit - Tomato

State fruit – Tomato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I haven’t watered my garden in DAYS!!! It has rained for three days straight. I was able to use MIracle Gro last weekend before the rain came down and the plants are showing growth. My tomatoes have doubles, seeds have germinated and everything looks great. I wish it were just a little warmer for my green peppers, though.

 

We did not even water before taking a trip because we knew it was going to rain. I still did not water when we returned from our little day-trip because, yep, it had rained while we were gone and the morning we returned.

I also cheated by posting my pictures to Pinterest. I don’t like the WordPress app for posting multiple pictures because I have to provide a text post as well for each one instead of just a picture. Sure, looks like I am a posting goddess but it is too time consuming, really. I have better things to do with my time … like not water my garden. πŸ™‚

 

Here is the Pinterest link: http://pinterest.com/smweisser/mary-mary-quite-contrary-how-does-your-garden-grow/

Things are going well. No slugs in the garden, even though it has been raining so much. I am hoping my liberal use of eggshells has helped with that. No major pests or insects yet. We had tomato hornworms last year so I am keeping a lookout for them this year. A few spiders, but none doing plant damage. I hope they stay away this year. Not likely.

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Well, almost time to get up and get ready for work so I had better finish my porridge. Have a happy day!

 

 

 

 

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Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! and Mutant Ninja Snapping Turtle (aka Mr. Crankypants)

Hosta

Normally, I would not be saying that but we have had just enough rain each day I haven’t had to water the gardens. My hostas are going wild! The lettuce, spinach, collards, beets, tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs are loving it as well.

The gardens are enjoying the mild weather. We know that it won’t last so we enjoy what God is giving us.

Young collard plants growing in a container

Everything in the yard is lush and green. My hubby will be mowing the lawn – what little we have of it, shortly. Excited to see the growth.

 

 

Oh, I saved a rather large, and somewhat cranky, snapping turtle yesterday, from being someone’s roadkill supper. He/she was as big around as my hubcap and must have weighed about twenty pounds. As I was leaving work I noticed a big grayish looking thing in the middle of the road. I stopped, backed up and moved him to the side of the road. I put my back out doing so, and it had the nerve to snap at me. No good deed, eh? My coworkers think I am silly and a little crazy for picking it up. Funny thing, they are all locals – kind of boonies rural area – and I grew up on beaches and in cities. I have no fear of reptiles so I did not think to do anything differently. They all think it is weird.

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Common-snapping-turtle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh well. πŸ™‚

Must go make dinner, hubs is starving to death. HA!

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Old bed 2

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The right side of the bed is blooming! Bulbs are popping up all over. Some vinca as well. We will see what happens now that the weather has warmed up.

Hubby is using the crepe myrtle limbs to build a fence to keep the dogs and other critter out of the beds here.

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Lagerstroemia (crepe myrtle) in full bloom in late-July Lutherville, Maryland 25px (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are using old deck boards (non treated) to build the end of the box up and make a potato bed. We have the wheat straw!

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Potatoes, rearranged (Photo credit: kisforkate)

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Old bed 1

 

 

 

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Vinca

Vinca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Catmint
English: Catmint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The catmint is doing pretty well, too. If those are the only things able to grow there, fine. It will be pretty with overflowing purple and white blooms and them bright red berries.

 

 

 

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