Friday, March 25, 2016

What's growing in the garden in Late-March

Pear blooms

Parrot tulip

Parrot tulip

Broccoli, Spinach, Onions growing

Row of Peas and row of mix of greens and onions


5 year old Peach tree

5+ year old Peach tree

25+ year old peach tree


Salmon tulip

Friday, March 18, 2016

March (Spring) Flowering plants & Fruit trees

From December to March, Kentucky had a couple snow days, but for the most part we went into a Fall weather, some snow, and days of summer weather. It was 70 degrees last week and 80 degrees one day this week. This weekend will be colder with rain, but because of the persistent warm weather, I am noticing one of the Nectarine trees is flowering several pink blooms, which you can see in the picture below. One of the Cherry trees has one white bloom. The pear and peach trees are also preparing to bloom.

Keiffer Pear tree budding

Tulips growing below the pear tree
Cherry blooming

Several months back I posted pictures (and a video) of the new Tulip bed gardens. Almost all of them are pushing through the mulch. I wasn't sure they would come up because it looked like animals had been digging in the spots we planted them in. Other plants that are blooming are the Hyacinths, crocuses, and Daffodils, of course they are usually the first plants to bloom.


Star flower



100+ Tulip flowers 

Recently, I planted peas in the row on the right (in the picture), and the row on the left (of the picture), I planted red onion bulbs and various seeds of Arugula, Red Romaine Lettuce, (I think Red Russian Kale), Broccoli, Spinach, Cilantro, and I'm not sure what else. I covered the rows with a garden canvas so that the birds wouldn't eat the seeds.

Also, I may have posted there was several additions to the food forest, for example two new Elberta Dwarf Peach trees, and a Cherry tree, including 16 blueberry and raspberry plants (Anne variety raspberry, Sunshine Blue, Pink Lemonade, and Blue crop blueberry plants.)

Anne variety Raspberry plant

I also took pictures of this beautiful magnolia tree on a university campus.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Additions to the food forest + new seeds (VIDEO of bean varieties/seed collection & when to grow)

In a previous post, I show you some of the new seeds we bought from Vegan seeds and SOS (Seeds of sustenance), and here I wanted to show you a the collection haul we purchased from Seed Savers Exchange. In the video below I show you the varieties of beans we purchased from the site, and Apple gourd, arugula, and peas. From Rare seeds website, we got 2 Aronia berry plants, 2 Goji berry plants, and 2 Dwarf mulberry tree plants with a variety of seeds as well. Those trees don't ship until April. I made the foolish mistake of transplanting blueberry and raspberry plants so early. Recently, we transplanted new additions to the food forest including 1 Lapins Sweet Cherry tree and 2 Elberta Semi-dwarf Peach trees, with 16 blueberry and raspberry plants (Sunshine, Blue Crop, Pink Lemonade blueberry varieties and Anne variety raspberry.) I did mulch the trees and berry plants with pine needles, but I noticed some plants had died at the tops of the berry plants. I should have mulched over top of the plants (probably.)

In the first two pictures below, are of the bean varieties from Rare seeds. Those include Turkey craw, Calypso, and Hidatsa Shield. And not seen in the picture is the Christmas lima beans.

Below are the blueberry and raspberry plant varieties, and peach trees and cherry tree.