Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A break in the cold!

After our gorgeous 60 degree days in early February, this cold winter week feels like Winter's last hurrah.  A whole week of temperatures in the thirties, with a few days dipping below freezing.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Planting potatoes

I purchased a bunch of potatoes from the Natural Gardener again this year. In addition to the red potatoes and ratte potatoes that I planted last year, I also picked up some Yukon Gold.  I should have counted before I put them in, but I am guessing I had almost twenty different "parts".  For the bigger potatoes, I cut them into golf ball sized portions which had at least two eyes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Obedient plant and St. John's wort

A few years ago I purchased an obedient plant for one of my front beds.  It was completely overtaken by the other primrose jasmine in the bed, so I decided to try transplanting it to my back bed.  Now, I vaguely recall my mother saying to remember that an  'Obedient plant isn't very obedient at all', but it seemed like a good idea. 

Trimming Roses on Valentines

The traditional day for trimming back roses is Valentine's Day, I am told.  So, when today's cool morning warmed up into a beautiful afternoon, I figured it was time.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Blackberries, tomatoes and more

I purchased some potatoes from the N atural Gardener today.  I am going to cut and air them today; I also prepared the soil for them.

Okay, I seriously know better than this.  

I do.  

But I was at the Natural Gardener, and they had tomatoes for sale... complete with lots of "It is too early to put tomatoes in the ground" warning signs.  

But after a miserable year of tomatoes last year, I *really* want some tomatoes.  

And today is a gorgeous 60 degree day.

And I want to get them in early.  

And there  is a freeze forecasted for mid-week next week. 

Too early.  Yeah, I know.  Maybe I can keep them warm?

But hey, it was only $3. ;o)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Three weeks in

We have had some beautiful warm days recently, and no recent frosts.  The upcoming week is calling for days in the mid-70s, and lows in the high 40s, low 50s. So things should start taking off.

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