Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Planting tomatoes

I am trying something new this year - container gardening. Partially because I have run out of room in my main garden (and the extra garden is just too shaded) and partly because I want to try something new :o)

To make these pots, I followed Youtube's directions for placing one 5 gallon bucket inside another, with the bottom being the reservoir and the top holding the dirt.  I put towels wicking up from the reservoir into the plant area.

I planted an Early Girl, Better Boy and Husky Cherry Red.

In my regular garden, I planted a Phoenix and a Celebrity.  Now I know it is really early.  It is hard to believe, but we actually could get another frost. But with temperatures staying all month in the 70s to 80s, I thought I'd give it a gamble :o)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Planting potatoes

I planted seven more potatoes today.  I was planning on planting nine, but then realized that I still needed to split one of the big Yukon Gold potatoes.

I planted three red potatoes in the first row (closest to the porch), one red potato than two fingerling potatoes in the second row, and one Yukon Gold in the third row.  I will add the soon-to-be-split two Yukon Gold potatoes in the end row.  

These are in addition to the two fingerlings and two red potatoes I planted last week in the bucket.

Fingers crossed the blight doesn't get them this year!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


I picked up some potatoes last week, getting ready for early/mid February.  I purchased two large red Red La Soda (1 lb), 2 large Yukon Gold (1 lb) and five small fingerling potatoes called La Ratte (.35lb)

They've been sitting in their bag for a couple of days, and have just started to sprout their first blooms.  The Red Potatoes have some nice blooms on them, so I cut them in half.  I will now let them air for 3-5 days before I plant them.

The Yukon Gold have not started to sprout much yet, and it seems I might have purchased one potato with only one set of blooms. I am going to let them sit for a bit before I try and cut them.

Last year, I had an incredibly disappointing year of potatoes.  They all got hit by some sort of blight, and I lost almost all of my potatoes :o(. In addition, with the huge amount of onions that I planted, my garden is actually pretty full. So this year, I thought I'd try something new:  5 gallon buckets. I have two buckets, though I might wind up using a spare bucket to total three.  I drilled large holes into the bottom and sides, put rocks in the bottom, along with some potting soil. 

I then planted three of the fingerlings in one bucket.  I will put the two Reds in the other bucket in a few days.  It is still pretty early for potatoes, but I figure that if we get a nasty freeze, I can just take the buckets inside.  I am really curious to see if this method of growing works.

The remaining potatoes I am going to plant in the middle of the garden.

We'll see what happens!

Friday, January 13, 2017

A few more plants

After two days with lows in the teens, my garden is looking a little sad. I lost three lettuce plants, a bunch of carrot seedlings, and my broccoli and cabbage is somewhat brown :o(

I went to NG to purchase some replacement plants, but they were pretty low themselves.  

I planted four more broccoli.

One little lettuce plant

 and put down a row of snap peas.  
Photo take on 1/16, as the shoots are just starting to appear!
Kind of cool, my brussels sprouts are showing some baby sprouts!  Having never grown these before, I am not sure if this is normal, early or what... I know that I am not supposed to harvest them until April, so these baby sprouts seem a bit early, but who knows?

I would still like to put down two or three more cabbage plants.  I don't think I am going to get much of a harvest from my original set - between the freeze and the caterpillars, I only have two small plants left.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Planting onions

A friend dropped off a whole bunch of onion sets today.  There isn't much room in the garden, and I know I want to save room for some potatoes in a few weeks, so I managed to squeeze them in here and there throughout the garden. I was going to put some in the outer garden, but since nothing has ever done well there, I decided to try and find room in the main garden.

I am hoping to get out to NG this week and pick up some broccoli and cabbage plants. The ones I planted a few months ago have gotten totally eaten up by caterpillars. I might get a little broccoli, but I don't think I am going to get much cabbage :o(

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cut back the Asparagus

Many notes I have read suggest that we cut back Asparagus in late November, early December. Apparently, some fallow time makes the plants grow better in the spring.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Strawberry Plants and an Alien

Found this huge grub while digging strawberry holes. Internet seems to identify him as a June Bug Larvae
Bare root strawberry plants are in!  I went to the store intending to purchase one 5 pack, but then I saw they were only $2.29, and I thought, hmm, I really need six... so I'll just pick up two packs.  I planted the five chandlers in the strawberry patch over by the asparagus, and the seascape in the far strawberry patch.

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