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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


On this pretty Sunday, I thought I'd take some time to clean up my blackberry bed. It seems I never think of this poor forgotten shrub until I want some fruit from it. So I decided to weed out its bed, add some coffee grounds to lower the pH (I think this bed is very low on iron for some reason), and add some 3 month fertilizer. I figure that will be a good start to get it through the winter months. And then maybe this spring I can finally get some fruit!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Up close and personal

Today's fun backyard photo.

Thinning seedlings

Thinning seedlings is always hard for me. I kill so many plants that I have a hard time weeding out those that actually are alive. Unfortuantely, come harvest, I always regret that I didn't thin more.

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