Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sewed early peas & fruit trees coming to bloom

Yesterday I sewed peas in one hugelkultur bed outside. The variety is Early Alaska pea, so I figured they could tolerate the early March weather until the Spring gets warmer. I didn't water the peas because I'm letting the rain take care of that chore for me. In the pic below, I cleaned up these two beds where I will grow plants that I have started indoors in addition to the row of peas I sewed in the bed on the right.

Sewed peas after growing broccoli last fall 

Fruit trees around the garden are budding as well and will bloom soon, such as the Plums, Pears, Peaches and Nectarines. The blueberries are budding too so they're going to bloom soon. The cherries are may bloom after the cold hardy fruit trees bloom.
Pear budding & cherry tree behind pear

Pears, cherries, plums, figs

The tulips and daffodils are still slow to bloom because of the long period of cold weather. The Parrot tulips and Aphrodite varieties are growing under the pear trees, but I'm not sure they'll flower as much as they did two years ago.

Parrot tulips under pear

Aphrodite tulips under pear

Nectarines & peach trees are budding too
This variety of tulips is my favorite: Happy generation
I don't expect the young goji berries, aronia and the younger blueberry plants to fruit for another couple of years so I'm not as concerned with keeping them covered from frost. But the goji plants are leafing out already along with the raspberries. The raspberries may flower within the next month as they are a everbearing variety that have summer and fall harvests.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring flowers blooming photos


 This week the nights are in the 20s, so I'm keeping the tulips covered. But I can tell that they're getting ready to bloom and I wish I could keep them uncovered. Eventually I won't be able to keep them covered because the blooms will bend and the neck of the flower will break. This time of the month has uncertain weather patterns but I'm going to take the covers off in a couple of days.
Tulips about to bloom, but keeping them covered this week 

The wolf dog looking stoic

Granny decorated her burning bush with eggs

Friday, March 9, 2018

Early March starter plants under grow lights

The starter plants are a couple weeks old. I have been keeping them under a grow light in my kitchen. On the warm days, I take the starters out to the porch greenhouse and then back in at night. These are cauliflower, varieties of cabbage, and collards. I used potting soil mixed with seed starting mix for the starters and keep lights on the plants for over 10 hours. The amount of light varies depending on when I wake up and go to bed because I don't have the lights on a timer.

As I was passing the greenhouse center where I usually get truckloads of mulch, I bought three Early Girl Tomatoes and put them with the starters. I also have cilantro, basil, onions, and carrots growing as well.

Soon I will sew other tomato varieties indoors in recycled water bottles because they're bigger containers than typical starter cells and pots. I tend to start tomatoes and peppers indoors early in March, but I end up regretting starting early because they'll grow better, faster, stronger if I threw out a bunch of seed in the summer instead.

Come April, I'll have greens transplanted outside in the garden and I'll have summer crops started indoors. Tuesday I sewed lettuce varieties indoors along with radish, swiss chard, broccoli, so we'll see their progress in a month, and I'll transplant them outside with the cabbage and cauliflower.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Garden artistry, transplanted tulips under peach trees

Today was another warm and sunny afternoon. I happened to be gifted tulips today so I transplanted tulips under two peach trees.

I squeezed in some other gardening and other garden artistry today as well--collecting rocks for pathways and placing around more blueberry plants; I sewed basil too; and I chitted potatoes to be planted in the grow bags come Good Friday.

In gardening, you have to take advantage of the weather at all times-- you never know when there will be a long cold and/or rainy week.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Almost 80 degrees in winter--Spring flowers are blooming

Yesterday the 20th of February was a record breaking (almost) 80 degrees in my area. I took advantage of the weather, and brought all of my houseplants outside to get fresh air and sunlight.

6 pineapples, and many tropical houseplants
As I've mentioned in the previous posts, I'm making rock paths around the garden and yard to combat the mud we track into the house. It has been rainy here in northern Kentucky as well, with lots of flooding. Here is a picture of one of the rock paths, and in the dip below where the plants are, I want to convert this area into a rock patio so I can sit a small table and chair for writing or drinking tea.

I have called this pineapple Big Bertha for years

This is another heavy plant I can barely maneuver 

The flowers outside also appreciated the weather. The other bed of crocuses bloomed, and the daffodils bloomed today as well. The flowers are pleasureful to the eyes, and they give me much inspiration for writing.

It was my 28th birthday (days ago), which I forgot to mention, unless you're following me on facebook. My grandma made me peach cobbler, I got bib overalls, and rubber boots which I desperately needed as well.

In a couple of weeks, my sister is coming home for spring break, and hopefully the blooming spring flowers will show themselves as an inviting "welcome back"...The tulips, hyacinths, and irises are poking their leaves out of the ground...


strawberry, daffodil, tulip, crocus, iris flower beds

when you have sporadically growing tulips in places in the yard, you rock around them too
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Starting veggies indoors & making rock gardens

Last week I started cabbages, cauliflower, collards, and red lettuce. Once they sprouted, I have kept them in the greenhouse during the day, then I bring them in at night with a light on them for a couple of hours. I used a seed starting mix for these plants, then I will transplant them in one of my gardens in March.

Come March, hopefully I'll have much of my main garden mulched so i can directly sew early growing peas, radishes, and lettuces. By this time, many of the early flowering plants will be up, as I already see the daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips poking through the soil. The crocuses of course are blooming since they're a very early blooming flower.

In a couple of days, I'm going to start onion and carrots indoors as well with a tray filled with potting soil. Once they get established, I'll put them out in April.

In my last post, I forgot to show you the rock gardens by placing rock around fruit trees and fruit bushes. I have been collecting rock from the woods and hauling them to the garden with a wheel barrow. In addition I have been placing rock over paths in the garden because the paths are getting swampy as this winter has been very wet.

Rocks around 4 of the peach and nectarine trees

Rocks around 10 of the blueberry plants & goji berries

Friday, February 9, 2018

Rock garden, tire tower, & beautiful crocuses

I have continued to clean the yard this week. I need to have another brush fire again. I especially am cleaning up arounf the flower garden and desperately need to mulch them. The crocuses are already blooming and the hyacinths leaves are poking out of the ground.

For the last couple of days i have hauled rocks from the woods to put around fruit trees and fruit bushes. I'll show you a tour soon.

I have started working on a tire tower flower garden. I need to clean them so I can eventually paint them vibrant spring colors then transplant flowers in them.

Also i decided to start cabbage and cauliflower indoors. Once the seedlings come up, I'm going to put them in the porch greenhouse during sunny days. By mid March i will tranplant them outside in a mini tunnel greenhouse i have. There is much to do in the garden even in winter, so I'll keep you updated.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cactus blooming (indoor plant garden) + Full Moon

the cats through palm leaf
 I wasn't sure the cacti were ever going to bloom. Sure enough after December they started budding and today one of the blooms opened to reveal its delicate parts.

cactus flower

Days ago, the full moon was much to be hyped about, as it was a blue blood moon. Under the moon, I had a fire that night and was able to burn a lot of brush from around the yard. I'm trying to clean up the weeds and burn the mimosa trees in this spot so I can start working on the cob greenhouse structure. More details to come with the many other garden tasks ahead.