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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Gardening Photo Update

Ebbings Silverberry (Elaeagnus)

Hanging Strawberry Basket

Early Girl Bush Tomatoes in 7 gallon pots

Bulbs Arising!

Strawberry Patch and Cauliflower Buckets

New Bird Bath

New Tomato Trellis (not fully installed!)

The light green grass here is a variety of annual bluegrass. It will be dead by mid summer and my lawn will look like crap again.

Starting with bottom left and going clockwise: Cabbage starts, dill, garlic chives, oregano, broccoli starts, peas, Rosemary, and Cilantro in the middle. The rosemary and oregano are left from last year, both completely cold hardy. The cilantro started to come back in late January.

Sweet Peas planted in late January looking good!

Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Garlic Chives, bunching green onions (and bottom left is yellow onions). The garlic chives are cold hardy and left from last year.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring is in the Air

So, I haven't blogged recently because I've had relatively little to report.  My seedling process is going fairly well, although the creeping thyme and foxgloves are going VERY slowly.  I got my peppers and eggplant started about 2 weeks ago, and last Thursday, I started a tray of various herbs.  The foxgloves and creeping thyme are in a sunny window now while the other two are still here at my desk under the lights.

I did buy a couple of seedlings at the Farmers market this weekend - I planted three "Early Jersey" cauliflower, three "Packman" broccoli, and four cabbage whose variety I don't remember off the top of my head.  The cauliflower is actually planted in my self watering bucket planters, while the cabbage and broccoli is in one of the raised beds.

I also found what I think might be fire ants in one of my gardens.  Going to have to figure out how to deal with them without using nasty stuff like Amdro.

My daughter helped me plant a strawberry patch as well.  The farmer's market didn't have strawberry plants due to renovations limited the number of vendors there, so I ended up getting 8 plants at Home Depot.  I picked them clean of flowers and fruits and we put them in the ground and mulched them.  I'm gladd too, because the weather is looking gorgeous this week!  Sunny and 72 is the coldest day in the 10 day forecast, the strawberries should love that!

The lettuce and spinach is coming along nicely, as well as the onions and garden peas.  No sign of the carrots yet.  I'm starting to wonder.

Friday I am scheduled to get my tomatoes, basil, and pole beans started.