Friday, April 27, 2012

Planting season continues

Tonight I got some of the lovely plants in the ground.  I am trying tomatillos this year, they are the regular green variety so I planted two of those plants.  I have heard you need two plants for pollination but only two because they are so productive.  The basil was planted and I separated the plants as there were many seedlings in each pot so I have quite a little row lined up.  Next to them are some La Roma tomatoes from the local green house and a bit further are four Anaheim peppers, I haven't grown them before, but I think they will be a great one for salsa for us. Sun Gold tomatoes made the garden this year for a cherry variety.  I am not loving that many plants are hybrid, that is unusual for me, but buying them from greenhouses some will be.  They sounds like a nice cherry choice.  Two celery plants also made it in the cold bed.  As well as a Vates Curly Kale that was free from ordering so many plants from Azure.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Planting season... more plants arrive

This year since we are buying most of the plants, I ordered from Azure Standard to get some lovely organic plants. We are trying some new things and getting some more herbs that they bees will enjoy.  I hope to get them in the ground soon, but it is pretty rainy right now so if that doesn't happen for a few days they will be just fine.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Planting season continues

I have another bed almost completely planted.  The peas in this bed are coming up great and so are the herbs.  This bed has herbs at the end that are a mix of annuals and perennials, the annuals are not in yet.  I am doing mainly store bought plants this year because of the early warmth and the greenhouse delay. I planted early girl tomatoes (seems like another variety I might have forgotten at the moment as well), several colored bell peppers, four jalepenos and a couple types of marigolds.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flowers reinvigorated

This year is so productive!  We also replanted the small flower bed in the front.  It was not the grass taking over that bed, but the yarrow.  My husband built a pine box for the bed so it would be taller than the previous concrete edging and hopefully that will help to keep out the yarrow and grass.  My iris and lilies are so much happier!  I am going to try and mulch them to keep them that way.  I also pulled the weed from my two half wine barrels and got some seed planted in them as well as a new columbine in one as one barrels didn't come back  and put in a couple of pansies.  The little flower bed also got a some crysanthymums and violas to go around the tulips that are in it.  Only one tulip is going to bloom this year but I am still hopeful they others will next year.  I normally don't do annual plants, but those lovely viola and pansy faces were too much to pass on this year.  I am enjoying getting some instant beauty in as well as I wait for the Love in a Mist seeds to come up and the columbines to flower.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


We totally replanted the strawberry bed!  It was quite a bit of work, but worth it.  The grass really tends to takeover in that bed so we pulled out all the plants and took out all the grass that had woven all around the roots.  We added sand (just a bit on the top), manure, fertilizer, and peat moss and replanted most of the plants back in the bed.  The great thing is with all the new plants in there we were able to plant another small bed in the front yard that had been empty and give a bucket full of crowns to our friends! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Planting Season

This year seems to have been unusually warm, so I have taken the risk and gotten many plants in the ground already.  I have checked the weather reports and average lows and I think we are going to be ok.  I know the plants won't do a ton of growing, but they are in little hot caps and I have some time now to get them in.