Monday, May 25, 2009
I also got some of the plants divvied up between my friend Sarah and my mom. Mother in law's plants are waiting until hopefully this weekend when she will be able to come get them. We've had a few casualties along the way (this week lost 1 celebrity and 1 bell pepper), but it's not the end of the world, that's why I always grow more than I need.
We have one cuke and 1 haricot verts that have germinated too. I still have to stake and cage the tomatoes before their roots get too big. Not a whole lot of excitement yet, but the hard part of gardening is done, and now it's just smooth sailing, watching everything grow and reaping the benefits. Cheers!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Well to catch up first, I went out of town last week, and when I came home, I discovered that my tomatoes had all grown about 2 inches in 5 days as their leaves became larger and they crowded each other and competed for light. They were so leggy, and viney, and had lost their crucial support system. Thus transplantation was necessary to salvage the vines. If I had been smart, I would have transplanted them 2-3 weeks ago before they started getting big. So we start with the tangled mess:
And the containers to which they were to be transplanted:
Add a little dirt, and voila- they look a little better. . .
Then the hardening off. First, for just an hour or two on a calm day with temperatures similar to those indoors. I placed them in the shade under the big tree in the back yard so as not to sunburn them:Their first day of hardening off went very well. I think the grow light set up with the fan (and not being babied in the greenhouse up until now) really helped, as they stood up to the slight temperature change, wind, and sun a lot better. Then I slowly progress them to harsher and harsher climates- here is a day or two later, temperature outside about 60 degrees, but warm and filtered sun on the deck (they stayed out for 8 hours by the end of the week):
Today I have them out in full sun in the garden beds, light breeze, 70, and sunny. They will stay out for most of the day, unless they start to wilt or get sunburned.
I plan to go to the garden store today and buy some snapdragons to replace my two failed attempts. Then tomorrow is the big day for planting seeds and transplanting some of the plants (tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants will probably wait a few days longer as they like warmer weather and require a little more babying with the hardening off). So far so good! Cheers!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Here are their cousins, the eggplant and peppers, along with a few flowers (left to right: rosemary, marigolds, zinnias, serrano and big early bell peppers, chilly chili peppers, um, one cell of thyme, and the prosperosa eggplants):
Here is the other half of that flat (with some overlap), the amber kiss violas (2 rows), historical mix pansies, rosemary, marigolds, and zinnias):
Moving outside into the garden now, here is the raised bed garden from today:
The (I think) tulips and daphodils that never made it last year (hail storm), looks like they're doing alright this year. We'll see what they are once they bloom, haha:
My lettuce is coming along pretty nicely. There are 3 varieties- mix, green and red leaf lettuce, only two of which are shown here:
And the garden superstars (at least right now), the chives- these are huge, over a foot tall:
Now leaving the raised bed garden, here is my hybrid tea rose that is starting to green up- suprisingly hardy for its kind. It has handled 2 really long, cold winters, a hail storm, 2 transplantations, and tons of abuse in the past 3 years and it keeps coming back for more!
Even the man garden is doing well (this is Bjorn's garden- full of natural prairie type plants- grasses, fescue, sedum, salvia, and sage):
And moving on to the front of the house, here is our front garden which we just planted last fall. You can see the peegee hydrangea tree's trunk (not doing anything yet), coral bells, yew in the back, dwarf spireas, salvia, and some other pretty stuff that I don't know. I just hope it all comes back (there were also some hostas and astilbe there, but they're late in rising, so we'll see if they grow- this is more of a shaded garden being on the north side of the house):
And finally, last but not least, my favorite photo of the day. These beautiful hydrangea flowers are still on the branches from last fall. They are so gorgeous and intricate, you can't help but love them!Well that's about it for the photo tour. The last of the seeds (for the pre-last frost round) have been started either indoors or out and everything seems to be doing pretty well, despite the scare we had with mold (which seems to be harmless) on the seedling cells. All of the trees have buds, the grass is lush and the bunny rabbits are out in full force. It it looking like a beautiful, but late, spring here in Minnesota, with last frost only 2 weeks away for these happy gardeners. Cheers!