For the past few days now, it has been nice enough for me to get outside with my shovel! I got to dig out a new bed (only three more to go) and get some weeding done.
The only thing we have blooming right now are hyacinths, the anemone and primroses. The tulips are either done or not ready yet, the peonies are just starting to pop back up, All the other flowers are still in my little germination station, but those are all summer flowers anyway. ;o)
And the darn slugs have mounted their attack on my kale! I had to cut up some 2 liter bottles to try and protect them from the slimy little vegetation eating monsters, and I just put those on today, so we'll see what happens with them in the next few days. Maybe they'll grow better now that they have some protection from predators.
And I took out all the mint in our garden yesterday and put it into one of those long box planters so they can live on the deck and take over the whole planter if they want. I think I got all of it, but we'll see in the next few weeks. . .
The weather finally cooperated (for a couple of days) and I was able to get outside and dig some things up! And put some things in. I finally got our peony bed dug out (and planted some Swiss Chard, beets, cilantro and dill among the peonies that were finally starting to come up).
I planted some kale starts (red, italian and wild) and those went into three different beds (planted with some garlic) - and they are spaced apart pretty well so it should be easy to control the slug population. . .always a problem with leafy greens in our yard. . .
I also put in some blueberries into some tires on the other side of our yard (where the sunflowers, potatoes and corn will eventually go, amidst some small flowers), and I sowed some colombines, daikon radish, culinary poppies and my 4th different try for purple coneflower. If none of my purple coneflower comes up, I'll break down and buy the plant so I wont have to deal with this again!.
So as of right now, ALL of our beds have something worthwhile in them (and growing!) and all I have left to prepare is the beds onthe other side of the yard, and do some maintenance in the herb bed (which won't be the herb bed when I'm done with it). And then I can start inside and on our deck.
So it's actually kind of sad. . .my first round of hot weather seeds failed (cayenne, sun gold tomatoes, and green zebra tomatoes). IF they came up, I killed them. And what's worse, I did it with the peas and lemon cukes, too. Transplanted those guys and they withered and died. The good news with the peas is that I have them direct sown outside and they are starting to pop up out there so I won't have to worry about it. ;o)
The cukes and tomatoes I tried again (and the cayenne pepper). I've got them sprouting, but I think I killed the tomatoes cuz I transplanted them too early, I think. The Sumter cukes I started this time took off way too fast (faster than I expected), so they HAD to get transplanted. I dusted some RooTone on them and they seem to have suffered no ill effects from the transplant. . .but I did the same thing with the tomatoes and they started drooping instantly. I've got some more, so it's all good. Gardening is just an experiment, right?
The garlic I've transplanted looks good and it looks like the oregano is coming back (I didn't kill it after all!). . .and all the plants I got (lemon balm, thyme, oregano, sweet woodruff, etc) ALL look really good. I'm glad I didn't mess those up. The clippings we got look a little thirsty, and I've been watering them, so we'll see if those take. . .
I transplanted my first round of Cilantro. Thank God for easy to grow plants, or I'd be pretty depressed and surrounded by death right now. . .and I got that transplanted with no problems (so far) and the same thing with the Tokyo Green Onion. Only one of each plant survived, which I thought was a little weird, considering the amount of seeds and space they had to grow. I put the pansies in that container instead, since my mom uses those flowers for food decorating. Now she can just grab them off the sill instead of trekking out to the garden.
Outside, my raspberries are coming along nicely. Lots of new shoots and older canes. Can't wait to harvest those! Raspberries have to be my favorite berry EVER!
My strawberries are doing pretty good, too. They took nicely and I'm pretty confident we'll be able to pick enough of them for at least a really good fruit salad. ;o) Planted some tulips in front of their tire and I threw the lady bug in there for luck. . .
I planted more irises by our tree in the back. . .I forgot to mark them all, so we'll be pleasantly surprised when they flower and I'll just take pics and mark them then.
Picked up MORE seeds. Planning on starting them in trays pretty soon here - today or tomorrow, weather depending. If it's nice, I'm outside.
Have a couple more existing beds to dig up and a few new beds to dig out still. . .my back hurts already!
Cabin fever is setting in. . .too much rain when all I want to do is dig in my gosh darned garden!
I just got home after about a week long stint of work (lots of overnights this week) and was super excited to start digging and direct sowing some seeds since it's looking like the snow has retired for the year, but as soon as I get here, it starts raining. And hasn't stopped. It's actually kind of depressing.
I went out and got a few more flower seeds (who can ever have enough flowers?), so I guess I could start those today, and maybe plant up my Sumter cucumbers and stuff. It really is a poor substitute for being outside, though.
And I went down to the river the other day, while I was away from home, and picked up a few river rocks that I think I will make into garden markers for some of the veggies. Maybe that can be my rainy day craft project for today since housework does not sound appealing in any way, shape or form today. Except for maybe a load of laundry. That's about all I have in me today. . .
Maybe later I'll actually get to taking more pics of the house plants, and updating about all the plants we've got going so far. . .
This weekend, I ventured out to a new craigslist friend in Bothell that hooked me up with some really cool plants. I planted most of them (just one lemon balm left!) but I'll get to those when I update about outside. The point of this post is about clippings. .. .
I got rosemary, two different lavenders and a daphne plant as clippings. . .she dipped it into Rootone and we stuck them in plsatic bags till I got home and was able to put them in some dirt (half steer manure and half topsoil). I've got them under some lights and have been misting with water. . .it's been two days and nothing, so no news is good news at this point, right? They would be showing some not so good signs by now if it wasn't working, right?