So last year I planted kohlrabi, carrots and parsnips in the ground. The neighbors chickens and the slugs took care of 99.9% of the seedlings. I only got 2 kohlrabi, and a half dozen carrots and parsnips. So I got a watering trough and planted in that this spring. Well then for a month and a half I was busy...and this is what happens when you don't go back to thin.
So now the carrots and parsnips are big enough I am going to leave them in a few more weeks, and then have a baby veggie bake...although next spring I am going to need to thin before life gets this out of control.
Jun 27, 2010 | 6:46 AM PST
Yesterday I was up early at 6:30 and out in the garden weeding. I filled up the yard waste container and was tired. For our anniversary, 14 years on Tuesday, we went and had hot stone massages yesterday. After several hours in the garden the massage was the perfect thing. I vote for a massage after every day of weeding...
I guess you only have to ask and you get what you want. Surprisingly, since most of the time you never get what you ask for. But sure as the sun is yellow, the first full day of summer and we were in the mid 70s with sun. All week the weather has been nice and I just hear the plants singing for joy in the sun. My tomatoes are putting on new leaves after looking yellow and dead. Now if only the weather holds.
I know most of the rest of the country is warm...hope you are all surviving your heat wave...and if you need a place to cool off we are still a great place to visit!
So last year I turned my furnace off in April, this year it was on in May and so far several days in June. It has been a cold and rainy spring with no end in sight. Our expected high today is 63. The weather people have started calling the month Junuary, since our weather is closer to February than June.
My flowers look fine and even some of my gardener friends have commented how long some of the things have been blooming. Although other things like the day lilies, aren't blooming, but have huge buds waiting for the sun. The veggie garden looks very sad. No sun and tomatoes certainly don't get a long. My neighbor started them in her green house, and they had gotten too big and were starting to bloom so we planted them outside, only to see the buds fall off and the plants turn yellow.
The cool damp weather has caused the slug population to be out in force as well.
I am seriously considering consulting the local tribes and seeing if we can get a sun dance started. Otherwise I am just going to have to sell my house and move south.
But until then, I think today is a nice day to start a fire and read a book....and look longingly out the window at the garden.
So my garden is shared with many creatures. Most of which I have invited in. My plan included attracting birds and butterflies and beneficial insects. It did not include however the slug. Although I don't know that anyone every wants a slug and certainly once you have them they quickly multiply and make short work of their favorite plants. Try as you might they always seem to find an unprotected plant.
My mother in law was visiting for the last week. My hubby took time off and they were out having fun, and I was working. So to get me a nice gift they bought me "50 ways to kill a slug" by Hamlyn.
It says it is a serious and silly way to kill or outwit the garden's number one enemy. I thought I knew my enemy, but there were things in this book I did not know. Many of the things are quite funny but also informational. So if you see it in the store pick it up, it is a good read and like they say on the last page if nothing else you can use the book to squish the slug.
Hope everyone is having a great day....today is supposed to be our first day over 75 this spring. I am going out to worship.
So yesterday after I got off work, the sun was finally shining, after days, weeks and months of rain it seems I finally had a moment to plant the plants I have been buying. One of our friends is the shrub buyer for Home Depot, and we saw him last weekend and he was commenting that he should put floats on the plants. LOL
The garden was most certainly muddy, so off the shoes came and my toes got a nice mud bath. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice again so I think I will take some pictures and post what I planted. There were several sedges...they come in so many fun varieties now, some salvia, and a couple other I can't remember. Also moved some plants around and cleaned up some of the unruly ones.
Grandpa is still here and my mother-in-law is flying in tonight. Thankfully Grandpa is staying with my parents, otherwise I would have a full house and get nothing done.