I've been so busy lately . . . indoors. It's really starting to get hot here in Florida . . . mid-80's expected today, and mid-70's this evening. It's starting to heat up early in the morning, so I have to get up with the sun to be able to get any work done.
Plucked a few - a big pile - of weeds this morning after preparing the soil and making the mounds for the3 sisters squash and beans. I'll probably plant them tomorrow.
I found a website that tells you when to plant seeds by the moon. Most gardening by the moon sites really don't tell you when to plant seeds and transplant very clearly . . . but all the seeds I've planted so far by the method at Organic Garden Info (dot com) seems to be working.
Most also go into the zodiac sign the moon is in, but this one determines what seeds to plant by their germination rate. They also utilize the week just after the new moon and the week after the full moon for planting and transplanting, which seems to differ from the normal gardening by the moon method. Here's the link to the site. They also have a calendar here.
I have one sunflower blooming. I planted them all at the same time, and they are suppose to grow 12' . . . but this one decided to bloom on May 1st . . . all the other ones I planted at the same time have surpassed its growth. Maybe a different variety got into the seed pack accidentally. I wish the white ones had come up. Was hoping to have a row of shorter white sunflowers in front of the larger ones, but they either didn't germinate or some kinda critter got to them.
Harvested some flax, made a garland . . . need to make another one. I like to hang them in the garden to dry. I think that may be the best way to re-seed it. It does look a bit weedy after it sets seed . . . but has lovely delicate blue flowers that fills in the garden beautifully otherwise.
I'm going to have lots . . . and lots . . of basil this year. I'll be able to have pesto all winter! The cilantro . . . the 2 plants that are growing seem to be doing well. Never had much luck with it, but at least I have 3plants! I may try planting some more seeds next week.
The neon orange hibiscus seems to have lost some of its bright spark, it could just be the sunlight . . . maybe later this afternoon the blossom color will pop.
Corn Sprouts May 5, 2012
Noticed the sunflower bloom late May 1st . . . was surprised. Didn't expect it and I don't recall seeing it early in the day!
Same sunflower May 5th.
My garden flax garland.
Harves ted flax
Lots of basil, some parsley, cilantro and sage growing.
My neon Hibiscus. Usually so neon the flowers actually glow.
Moonflowe r vine is taking over the old windmill trellis. Large sunflower in background.
Ano ther photo of sunflower, with tansy growing in foreground.