I took a walk around my yard an noticed a few things budding an
blooming. Blooming was daffodils, jon quills, daphne shrub,
loripedulum, blueberry bushes, some crocus, Lenton Roses an a very few
on 1 of the 2 Mayhaw trees. Noticing the buds trying to break on the
Mayhaw trees I went ahead an sprayed a fungicide for Cedar Rust. That
has been such a problem for me since I planted them over 10 yrs ago. I
keep hoping I start my spraying in time. I have threatened to cut them
down every year. For just a handful of berries for all the work I put
into them is frustrating.
I checked on my seeds I had sown an some more have sprouted, wha
whoooo. I sowed a few more mator seeds an repotted a Lemon Tree, A Palm
tree an a few other things I can't remember.
After DH an DD left to go back to school I got busy outside. I
planted 5 of the six Camillias I had rooted last year. I kept them in
pots due to the bad drought we had last summer. Also planted a
blueberry bush an American Snowbell tree I had bought last year an held
off on planting due to drought. I am hoping they will have enough time
to get established before our summer heat. I think they will be ok. I
still have other things to plant but will have to wait til another
serge of energy hits me.
I also cleaned up the chicken pens (5 total), hope they are happy
now. They were'nt that bad, but needed done anyway. As much as I like
to be as organic as I can be, I do use round up occasionally around the
borders of my flower beds. So I got that done as well. It keeps DH away
from my plants with the weed eater.
What a beautiful day it was today. Sun was shining this morning, then stayed cloudy an a slight breeze the rest of the afternoon. I finally got one of my wooden raised beds torn apart due to it rotting away. My FIL had given me a good many cider blocks so I lined them up around the wooden bed, then ripped it apart. I couldn't believe I had the perfect amount of soil. The new block bed is 10 blocks long by 5 blocks wide. I planted the herbs that were in that bed into the holes of the cider blocks. I had thyme, parsley, chives, lemon balm, curry an some leeks. I hope they will survive in them holes, if not I'll just have to move them. I still need to add some amendments to that soil, it has so much sand in it that it seems to repel water.
Then I tore out the frame I had going around the Hamlin Orange tree that had rotten badly an put the red bricks around it an the Prosperity rose. Those came from my FIL as well. I went 3 levels high on the tree just to get them organized an not scattered all over the yard. I will change that later on. I still have one more wooden bed I want to tear down, but I would kinda like to keep that as a raised bed. The grass hasn't taken it over so I know its still usable an not a lot of work like the others were.
Then I decided while I still had some energy left to rip out the Cross Vine I had growing on a post with latice. It had gotten so the runners were wanting to go every direction under the grass, so they couldn't be seen easily. I had debated on that one for a few years now, an just couldn't make up my mind.
We got a really good rain tonight, the storms that were coming from Texas an Louisana. Lost power for about 3 hrs, still raining. But I haven't heard of any tornadoes touching down yet.
Back on the 11th (Feb.) I sowed some seeds, then today the mood hit me again to sow some more in the greenhouse. All so far are either from gardeners sharing there bounty, so thanks in advance to those I've traded with. Or some I had bought here an there an collected/saved myself an participated in round robins. Heres what I've sown so far:
Purple Millet Grass Short Mixed Marigolds Pacific Giants Delphinium Hungarian Paprika Peppers Black Pearl Hot Peppers Sweet Banana Peppers Roman Chamomile Feverfew Heal All Toothache Plant Super Beefsteak Tomato-sown 2/11 Beefmaster, hybrid-sown 2/11 Dr. Carolyn Cherry-sown 2/11 Green Giant=sown 2/11 Mortgage Lifter-sown 2/11 Red Brandywine-sown 2/11 Rosa Bianca Eggplant-sown 2/11 Thai Green Eggplant-sown 2/11 (frost may have gotten these b4 matured) Romanesco Broccoli-sown 2/11 Chinese Chives (onion) Tai Jio Garlic Chives American Flag Leeks Flat Dutch Cabbage-germinated by the 17th, sown 2/11 Arugula-germinated by the 17th, sown 2/11
When I got to the greenhouse mid morning it was 80*, I cut the heat back so I could stand to be in there for a bit, plus didn't need it on today. I had to spray for ants to so I'm blogging while the smell gets gone. An to eat lunch. Fixin to get back to seeding, will update what else I get sown in a bit. Besides I'd like to keep my list all in one blog if possible. Its way to nice outside to be inside doing anything.
Although all these seeds sounds like a lot they really aren't. I'm
only seeding out what I think I can plant in my gardens, then if I have
some things left over I will give away to neighbors, friends an such. I
just can't see buying seedlings when I can seed out what I want with
more choices cheaper, Well cheaper is debatable, lol.
Neem Tree-may not grow here
Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino
Bennings Green Tint Squash
Early White Bush Scallop
Early Prolific Straightneck
Goldentender Yellow Squash
6 colors of columbines
??Frit. Lanceocata (don't know this one)
Love in a Puff
Yamoto Cucumbers (Questionable seed viability)
Painted Lady Beans
Exotic Melon Mix: Super Dew Hybrid, Chartenais, Early Silverline, Spanish Moon
Giant Belguim tomato
Narajilla Garden Berry
Well thats it for now, still have a few more mators I want to grow again this season. Just have to find them.
As requested here is my greenhouse built in early spring of 2007. It survived the tornado that come thru my back yard in March 2007. It is mostly recycled material. I got the windows from my cousin who was updating the windows in her home, 7 total with one being a big picture window. The plastic is double layered on the top only, due to tears in the plastic that was given to me when we retopped the greenhouse at work. The lumber an the wire for the shelves were purchased. To see the inside you will have to go to my album, when I tried to add multiple pics I would loose the first one I had already posted. You know I don't know what I'm doing, lol.
We got a really good rain yesterday, couldn't work in it which makes for a long day. So I left work a couple hours early an of course it finally did stop. Gave me the chance to get those 80 onion bulbs in the ground. This time I planted them in the flower beds, I have limited veggie garden space an really wanted to use that space for other veggies come spring. I think I'm caught up for now on my planting, except for that bucket full of Jon Quills to go. I know they are very late getting in the ground, but they should bloom next year anyway.
On the way home though I did notice a Japanese Magnolia almost in full bloom in a ladies front yard. Not sure if thats good or not. Spring very well could be early this year, or are we having another year of false springs? Its almost time for me to get my seeds to germinating, have plans to do that this week end. Will see!
Well I did get some things on my list done today. The red onion seedlings, shallots, asparagus (went with the in ground method this time) all planted. Cut back some of the roses, esp. the one at the front porch. And one bed of lantana, an my grape vines, hibiscus an some of the lavender obiedient plant stems that had gotten bit an cut the suckers off the 2 magnolia trees I had cut down last year, they were in a really bad spot. I am noticing a lot less tree roots where I have some raised beds at by cutting them down.
Got 6 trays filled with some potting soil, now to go thru some seeds an decide what to start seeding out. Added compost to the existing asparagus container beds that didn't get it in the fall. One thing I did notice when I was loosing the soil where the red onion sets were being planted was how rich the soil is looking. Back in the fall I had planted brocolli an cauliflower there an had added composted manure an it has finally paid off, I hope. So far its not looking so sandy, but nice rich soil.
I hauled the cuttings to the woods an burned the other pile while looking around for a place to experiment with the Strawbale Garden method. I think I'll put it either on the side of the house an use a somewhat level area near the garden to grow some corn. I don't ever have much luck with corn, but I keep trying. Thank goodness I have a BIL that farms in case I fail at it once again I can get some from him. Will try an get the red onion bulb babies planted tomorrow if I'm not to tired after work. Now to call it a day!
It turned out to be a nice day today, perfect for digging in the dirt. My 2 yr old gson spent the night with us friday night, which is becoming a wonderful habit here lately that I don't mind. Anyway we got out an planted the elephant garlics, tuberoses, Garden Wonder Dahlia an Mick's Peppermint Dahlia that I had bought from the Atlanta Show, then we had to feed the chickens before I took him home. It was a good day. Tomorrow I need to try an get the red onions, shallots an Jersey Giants planted. Can't decide where I want to put those, in the veggie garden or mix them in some flower beds. I may split them up an put some in both just to see where they do best at, now that I know more about them they may do ok straight in the ground. I'm hoping to work on getting dead out of the roses tomorrow to an cut back the last of the lantana. So much to do out there don't know where to start.