Thursday, February 28, 2008
A very tiny someone got into my plant area. There is a baby gate there, but somehow it failed on this occasion. The worst part is, it's not the first, or the second, or even the third time. It happens to be the forth. She loves playing in my dirt. And uprooting little seedlings. My middle daughter loves to help me in the garden, and I think we just might have another gardener in the mist.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Yesterday I moved a LOT of plants (all the ones that had been transplanted into the larger cups) into the greenhouse. With the heat lamp on Sunday night it only got down to 44 degrees, but last night it was bit colder, and it dipped down to 34, but everything still looks fine. As soon as the temp gets to 55 today, I'll unplug the lamp.
And this is how it looks after I moved the other plants out. It still looks like a lot, but now I can actually walk about the room, but I DO need to transplant some seedlings today, so maybe not for long.
Friday, February 22, 2008
It was an honest, innocent trip to the farm store. I promise. Jeff and I ran to the next town, and I mentioned I needed to go to the farm store to get a heat lamp bulb for the heat lamp to put in the greenhouse. Then I saw these little things. Well, to be honest, I saw the bunnies first, but I wasn't as interested in them. But CHICKENS, well, thats a different story. I had them once, a few years ago at a different house, and really wanted to have them here. So I talked Jeff into letting me have ten. Two each of five different kinds. My plan is to keep them inside as long as they will fit in this old birdcage, them make a spot for them in the greenhouse under a table, with a board as a fence. Then when it is warm enough I will build a small pen for them in the yard, and I will just make a 'tent' of sorts for them to get out of the sun, and some crude nesting boxes. Maybe by summer I will have my own eggs to go with some free fertilizer! (Yes, of course, there is a little gardening in this post, too)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Every year, I'm bummed when my tomato and pepper plants aren't as big as the ones from the stores. I know I shouldn't be, as I know mine aren't over-fertilized junkies. But still, in an attempt to bridge the gap in sizes a bit I started them a little early, on the 10th, and today I had to transplant them into little cups. Wow, that was fast. I am officially out of trays, and I have so many that I hate to buy any more. I have a few cat litter boxes, a bunch of foil pans, some thin plastic ones made for holding peat pots (I don't use them much anymore), one old cake pan, and some of those plastic trays you get from the garden centers. I have quite a collection, I can't believe I need more. I'm going to have to the store and get some of those short boxes cases of pop and canned goods come in. If I line them with foil, they should be water-proof, don't you think?
Monday, February 18, 2008
Here's the party, Nick was teasing Emily with the laser dot from his aerosoft gun. Did she ever have fun chasing that little red dot. And her and older sis Tiffany playing together. Tiffany put two of Emily's new hair clips in her hair.
I took this one on Saturday, can you see them, can you, can you????? There are daffadils coming up all over the place! Yeah, spring!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
And now were in the greenhouse. Here's a picture of all the roses starts I have. The other day I was walking around outside and just happen to notice that the ice storm we had last Monday broke a couple of branches off two of my roses, so I quickly got out the growing hormone, cut them up, and stuck them in some pots.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
As of today, I have started 125 different packets of seeds total. I guess at least 10 of those were seed that I had saved from my yard, so technically some were envelopes of seeds. I have 600 little pots, of which are 28 different kinds of perennials and one annual. To add to that count I have 31 other different kinds of perennials that have grown, and two different annuals. These aren't in the original plant count because I don't count the individual plants until they are transplanted to the little 3 ounce cups. I have wintersown 25 different packets, 20 perennials and 5 annuals. I don't have 25 jugs outside, I cheated a little and squeezed two different packets in some. I just 'seperated' the soil into two different sides with plastic spoons, and made sure I marked what was on each side.
I have three different kinds of seeds started for the vegetable garden: asparagus, tomatoes, and peppers. I started six different kinds of tomatoes (all but one are open-pollinated, the grape tomatoes), seven sweet peppers and two hot peppers. I have one more packet of hot peppers to start.
I bought a packet of those gigantic pumpkin seeds, I though it would be fun for the kids to watch a couple of those grow this summer. I remember reading somewhere that the people who get them really big have to start them really early, but I'm not sure exactly HOW early. I also remember something about them needing a lot of water. HHhhmmmmmm. Going to have to work something out for that.
You may be wondering what I'm going to do with all these plants. After I plant what I want I give the rest away. I have lots of family that loves this little infatuation I have with starting plants. I have a theory, I can buy one plant for $7-8, or I can grow 20-30 from a $1-3 packet of seeds. I tried to keep a list of all the money I have invested this year, but I'm afraid I got busy and haven't kept up with the tally. It would be interesting to see what the price per plant would be.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here are two pictures of the branch trellis' I finished on Saturday. The picture doesn't do it justice. The three are all set at different angles, and set that way to let some light through, but not too much. It gets quite hot here during the summer, and I am trying to make a spot for the lupines, astilbes, and delphiniums that is rather sheltered. The plan is to grow three different kinds of sweet peas then follow with morning glories and moonflower vines. Where I am standing to take the second picture I am facing due South, and there is a large tree just to the right and behind me. My little rock bench will be a very nice place to rest this summer after weeding flower beds, don't you think?
And here is the reason for my sore shoulders today. I ordered my fruit bushes and vines from Pense Nursery last week. This is the second time I have ordered from them, and I must say, he was SO nice, and very helpful. The first time I ordered was a year ago in early fall, and got my order in November. I have ordered fruit bushes from at least four different companies over the years, and I have to say the plants from Pense were the biggest and nicest I have encountered. I couldn't believe how big the blueberry bushes were. I ordered 25 plants each of three different kinds, so here are my seventy-five holes. I also ordered more currants, gooseberries, blueberries, and a few more blackberries. I ordered a lot of strawberries in the first order, and with all the runners I have plenty (for now). If you look to the left in the picture you might catch a glimpse of my elderberry bushes that I also got with the first order. I moved all my grapes, they are directly to the left of where I am standing. It will make more sense, later, I hope, when everything has leaves.
Do you like the split-log bench my hubby made for me? He made four, so we could give one each to our Mother's on Mother's Day, and I get TWO, YEAH!!!!!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The reviews for the newest Tom's movie indicate the garden scenes in it are lacking, but now I must see it for myself! Has anyone else heard of this movie? Or do you have any other suggestions for movies with great garden scenes?