Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I worked in the garden this morning. I planted all my pepper plants, and then planted a bunch of seeds. I'm not done, but here's what I planted today:
Peppers- Hot- (56), Jalapeno, Anaheim, and Tam Jalapeno
Peppers- Sweet- (92), Giant Keystone, Orange, Gold Marconi, Red Marconi, Paprika, and Pimento
Pumpkin- Giant Atlantic- One plant that I had started from seed.
Pumpkin- Amish Pie and Jack-O-Lantern
Okra- Clemson Spineless
Squash- Yellow, and Zucchini
Cucumbers- Boston Pickling, Homemade pickles, and a few Ashley (they were free seeds)
The bad part is that when I got done with all the peppers I realized I had not planted any California Wonder, so I knew I had missed some in the greenhouse. I should be able to find a spot to squeeze them in. I am trying something new this year in the garden. I have had a hard time in the past with forgetting which variety I planted where. This year I am going to try saving seed, so I had to come up with a way to keep track of what everything is. I read in a magazine about using old mini-blinds as markers, and I must say, I really like this one. I cut the blinds into root-long pieces, and wrote the name on with a permanent marker. I may have to touch up this summer, but it has helped so much today in remembering what I planted in what row!
And last, but not least, here is a picture of my bleeding hearts. The flower beds are filling up nicely, my goal is to have them all full by fall.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
These pictures were taken yesterday, yes, I actually thought AHEAD!!!
Here are some of the tulips with wild hyacinths blooming behind them.
Did I mention I have a few Star of Bethlehem?
A couple of weeks ago I was checking ebay, looking up plants just for fun. I found a lady from Texas that was selling rose cuttings. I've had some success with starting roses from cuttings, so I bid on five and won! Two are hardy to my zone, but the three that aren't will be either put in very large pots and moved into the greenhouse for the winter, or will get planted in the ground close to the house and get extra winter protection. But I thought it would be fun to try. I might end up with a few roses to get rid of, if all goes well. We'll just have to see. Here's the list of what I got: Duchess de Brabant, Ducher, Perle des Jardins, Cecile Brunner, and Old Blush. I would love to make a small business of rooting and selling my own root roses, it would be sososo much fun!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A guy Jeff works with had some three year old chickens, all mixed breeds, that he wanted to get rid of. Because of his kids, he couldn't butcher them. So he asked us if we wanted them, (of course we did) so Jeff brought them home last night. Here is a picture of our newest 15 members to the family. Yes, there is one rooster in the pack, and my, is he a pretty one!!
With the most of the family's help, I got the tomatoes planted. Well, most of them, anyway. Jeff buried the jugs, Tyler filled the dirt in around them, Timmy smoothed out the rows, Tiffany planted the tomato plants, Abby wrote the names of the tomatoes on the jugs with permanent marker, and everyone watered. What did I do? I helped anyone who got behind. I had started this earlier in the day, but boy, did it ever go faster with help. There are 82 planted, and I have to get 10 more jugs to plant the rest. I want to save seeds this year, and in past years I have had problems with knowing which plant is what variety. So I thought writing the names on the jugs they are planted beside would work.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Notice the pot in the center? Some time last weekend my 8 year old son dug up some wild onion from somewhere, and yesterday when I wasn't watching, planted them all in that one corner of the new herb bed. I really don't want them, let alone want them in my herb garden. But I told him he did a great job (he REALLY had). I thought maybe I could till him a little spot all for himself somewhere, and convince him he needed those onions in HIS garden. What do you think, think it will work?
I have been telling my dear, sweet husband for a while how much I would LOVE those two ugly evergreens taken down. Last night he took them both down, YEAH!!!!!!!!! I had just enough time before it got dark to till the spot in front of it up for the new strawberry bed. It will also do the raspberries behind a lot of good, they will get a lot more sunlight.
There are three HUGE evergreens out back right in the middle of the orchard, and one of them is turning yellow, what a shame (hehehe). I can't imagine how many more fruit trees I will be able to plant in the area these three evergreens take up.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
If you look behind the round bed, the new bed is just full of purple tulips. I just took this a little bit ago, and the morning light just doesn't do it justice. If your wondering about all the green stuff that looks like weeds, the clumps are Shasta Daisy's, and the tall skinny green stuff is some of the estimated ten thousand Star of Bethlehem's that are taking over everything. I plan to make a post when they bloom, you won't even believe how many I have. I pull them like weeds, but I can't even make a dent in the number. Right now my flower beds look out of control, for the sheer number of this one plant. No, I didn't plant it. But I did plant some obedient plants at my last house. And wow, was I ever surprised! I didn't bring even one with me. When I find a huge pot or something to bury first, my Mom has some I can get. Probably a LOT I can get.
These tulips are prettier in person, I guess I should have waited until afternoon to take pictures. I have two patches of phlox here, and a light pink one blooming just beyond the picture.
On Sunday, I looked online at the forecast for the week, and decided my week. Mon and Tue were nice, so I weeded, and today I am planting, since there are chances of rain tonight and tomorrow. Friday I am expecting company, so it is a clean-as-much-as-I-can day. I have so much to plant, I'm not sure where to start. Flowers or vegetable garden? And then later, I plan to have Jeff take down a tree, a very old ugly evergreen that we had planned on taking down soon anyway (apple trees and evergreens don't make the best of neighbors). I want to start tilling a spot beside it for the new strawberries, so the spot will be ready when I order them next week. I didn't want to start preparing and then have everyone have to walk through the tilled area to dispose of the branches. I already have enough vacuuming to do, thank you very much.
Well, it's a beautiful day, I had better get started if I want to get everything done.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Part of the problem is on the other side of the blook, the ditch is diverting all the water there down to here. We are in the process of fixing that, and digging the entire ditch out by hand, moving all the dirt in wheelbarrows. The guy that owns the place across the street from this picture is digging out his ditch, something the city said didn't need done, and he discovered the culvert under the road is plugged. REALLY????? Go figure. I'll keep you posted on our process.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It started to rain this afternoon, and it wasn't quite dry from the last rain, anyway, this is what the very back part of our yard looked like at 6:30 pm.
And this one I took a half hour later, from the back door. I went out at eight to take some more pictures, but the pictures are pretty dark. By then the water was up into the garden by fifteen-twenty feet, but it was going over the road, so it probably won't get any worse.
If your wondering, I have been trying to get the city's attention in this matter for two years, to no avail. These pictures are for the city administrator, and if that doesn't work, the city council, the mayor, maybe even our senator. I'm tired of being ignored. Do you blame me?
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here's the before. I collect hearts. I have a very large grape vine wreath (about 2 1/2 feet across) that I have displayed above Jeff and I's bed. My collection of hearts has quite outgrown this large wreath, and I was afraid I didn't know what to do with anymore I might find.
And here's the after. Last fall when we cleaned out the back of the property, I created this wreath out of a small portion of the wild grape vines we cut out. I had planned on hanging it out on the backporch, but today I decided to put it in the bedroom. Here is the new one, about 4 1/2 feet across. Now I can get many, many more heart things. I added the pillow today, my grandma made it for me fourteen years ago. Some of the hearts are Christmas decorations, some are wall decorations, a few are Valentines decorations.
It's supposed to rain the next three days. I know, I know, April showers bring May flowers. And I definetly want lots of May flowers. But I want to play in the garden SO bad.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
But don't get me wrong, it will probably never really be DONE... hehehe.