Gardening in the Blind


Planting Complete again!
May 31, 2009, 11:56 am
Filed under: outdoor gardening, Uncategorized
Picture of the garden taken from our table on the deck.

Picture of the garden taken from our table on the deck.

I am reluctant to say that my planting is complete again.  Last time I posted this I was short more tomatoes, marigolds, lavender, coleus, allyssum and much more.  Yesterday I planted 32 marigolds scattered everywhere in hopes to help the aphid problem.  I planted tansy in hopes to help the ant problem.  And mulched to help to retain water in the soil. 

Deron Relaxing after our hike with the kids.

Deron Relaxing after our hike with the kids.

All in all I feel like I am the hunch back of Nortre Dame.  I now know why people have those little carts to sit on while gardening.  I told Deron I wanted one.  I guess it will be better once I complete the mulching.  I have all containers done as well as all ground (front and back) and 2-1/2 beds.  I am going to work this morning on completing the bag I have which should be close to finishing off the bed I have started.  That will leave two beds in need of mulch one of which I need the stuff to grow more in order to mulch.  It seems after this that I will need to keep up the weeding but most of all the heavy work is completed. 

Peas with the supports I added to keep them upright

Peas with the supports I added to keep them upright

Today is a light day, just the mulch and supports for the peas.  This is good as we are going for a hike today with my boys (2 labs).  Maybe I will go somewhere where they can swim.  I love to see them in the water!



Weed Central, How may I overtake you?
May 29, 2009, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Cantainer Gardening, Herbs, outdoor gardening, Squash, Tomatoes
It's that time again!  The first bunch of herbs to be hanging in the window for drying.

It's that time again! The first bunch of herbs to be hanging in the window for drying.

I have been weeding and weeding and weeding my beds.  It seems weeds have out numbered my plants is some cases.  The problem is that I have to wait for what is planted to start to come up in order to know what to pull and what to leave.  

I find it curious that so many plants look like clover when they are just coming up from the ground.  Take kale for example, it looks like clover with a purple coloring or my summer savory – small clovers.  It is interesting that they all start out looking a like but are so very different.  Some grow tall, some stay small, some bushy some lean.  It just goes to show you not to judge the little ones because they grew up to be very different.

So, parsnips really aren’t coming in.  I am half tempted to plant it out as beets at this point.  I am going to give it just a little bit more time before I do that as this was a Deron request.  But on the flip side, for all those out there reading this that got christmas presents from us last year, you better start using them up as I am starting the drying process again already.  It made me so happy to look up at my windows in my kitchen and see four bunches of herbs drying in the sun.  I told Deron that if there was one thing that made me happy it would be to see the herbs in the windows in the kitchen.  It makes it so welcoming and comforting all in one.  He did not say anything, but I think he agreed with me.



Some more? You must be CRAZY!
May 28, 2009, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Herbs, outdoor gardening, Tomatoes
Gwen's gifts

Gwen's gifts!

I thought I would just beat you to the mark.  My friend Gwen came over last night.  She is my expert of all things gardening.  We looked at her pest book for solutions to the red ants and aphids I now have.  It seems that I am doing everything right. 

For the aphids I am ordering lady bugs tomorrow morning to release into my garden.  It cracks me up that I can just go on-line and order live lady bugs to be delivered to me (not even express shipping) and release them.  It just goes to show that you can order anything on the Internet.

Tansy fresh from the nursery

Tansy fresh from the nursery

The ants are another story.  I was told by my big sis that a childhood friend had recommended Tansy to rid my garden of ants.  Tansy is an old herb that in some places in the country is so invasive that it is called a weed.  But in my garden this year, it will be called a beneficial herb.  Let’s hope anyway.  I finally located two plants in a town called Paxton.  I am not sure where it is, but I will find it in hopes of getting some tansy for the garden.

For the crazy part, Gwen brought over 4 tomato plants.  Once I plant them (tomorrow as well), it will be an even 60.  Deron should be glowing.  If they all produce, it will be a packed summer to say the least.  I think it will be in tough competition with the cucumbers though.  I see a lot of pickles in my future!  (and tomato sauce and dried tomatoes and tomato a la king if there is such a thing!)



Planting complete!!!!!
May 25, 2009, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Herbs, outdoor gardening, Seedlings, Squash, Tomatoes
The Iris opening up.

The Iris opening up.

Today I completed the planting.  Deron opened a bottle of red wine and made a nice dinner to celebrate.  It is quite amazing process I just went through.  So the easiest way I can think to let you know how large of an undertaking it was is to create a list of everything that I am growing in my garden.  I have also planted Hollyhock, Marigolds and Nasturtiums which are not listed below.

 
Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Herbs

 Winter Savory, Chives, Garlic Chives, Dill, Oregano, Marjoram, Feverfew, Rosemary, lime basil, lemon basil, Genovese Basil, Purple Basil, Spicy Globe Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Lavender, Tarragon, English Thyme, French Thyme, lemon Thyme, Golden Thyme, Catnip, Horehound, Lemon Balm, Mint, Spearamint, Peppermint, Sage, Parsley, Soapwort, Summer Savory, Wormwood, Lovage, Flowering Tobacco, Bee Balm, Anise Hyssop and Cilantro

Strawberry Plant beginning to fruit

Strawberry Plant beginning to fruit

Vegetables

  56 tomato plants, Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Kale, Broccoli Rabe, assorted Lettuces, Red onions, Yellow Onions, Shallots, Sweet Onions, Arugula, Wild Arugula, Purple top Turnips, Toyko Turnips, assorted Beets, Parsnips, Perisian Cucumbers, Boston Pickling cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Bush Cucumbers, Peas, Dragon Langerie bush bean, Vermont Cranberry bush bean, Wren’s Egg pole bean, Kentucky Wonder pole bean, Scarlet Runner pole bean, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Potatoes x 2, Garlic, Lemon Drop hot pepper, Cayenne Long hot pepper, Habenaro peppers, Jalapeno peppers, Cajun Black Hot Peppers, Cayenne peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Green bell peppers, Chocolate bell peppers, Okra, Eggplants, White Acorn squash, Pumpkin, Summer Squash, Carrots, Horseradish, Blueberries, Strawberries and Zucchini.



Cook out Sunday
May 25, 2009, 9:30 am
Filed under: outdoor gardening, Uncategorized
The remains of the party.

The remains of the party.

Ok, enough about how I am cramming in everything I possibly can.  Yesterday was a blast.  A couple of people from my work came out as well as a lot of neighbors to see the gardens and enjoy some good bar-b-que.  Deron went all out in his true fashion.  We had pulled pork with baked beans and coleslaw.  I went to the neighbors houses and picked some rhubarb for dessert – brown sugar crumb with rhubarb filling.  It was very good.

Opened chive blossom

Opened chive blossom

This party really made me stop and look around.  I realized that I was so worried about planting that I had not stopped to see what everything else looked like.  My chive blossoms are opened, both my iris’ are blooming this year, both my lemon balms are doubled in size.  I can’t believe that I hadn’t even stopped to notice.



Planting Day 3: Mucho Planting
May 23, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Cantainer Gardening, Herbs, outdoor gardening, Seedlings, Squash, Tomatoes
The Front Garden Planted.

The Front Garden Planted.

It was cooler today and that made all the difference in the world for working outside.   Deron is going to make the final tomato count in the morning, but I think that I made over 50 plants.  But it wasn’t all about tomatoes today.  I finished the front garden area.  I was able to plant 2 Okra, 2 eggplant, 1 pole bean, 6 tomatoes, 8 bell peppers, 2 acorn squash, 2 zucchini, 2 flowering tobacco, 3 bee balm and will be putting lovage seeds down in the morning.  I still need to plant 5 tomato plants, 2 hot pepper plants, marigold, basil and nasturtiums through out the space.  To say that I am getting excited is an understatement.  I was telling Deron that we need to reorganize the cabinets to make more room for items that are in the pantry as I think that I should be able to can my way at least half way through the shelves.  That means we need to find a home for everything else.  We really don’t utilize the space we have very well anyway.  It is about time we look at how to improve it.  It should be no problem for completing the planting before the cookout at 4 o’clock tomorrow.  It is going to be mostly neighbors coming over with the exception of a couple of people from my work.  Deron is making pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and baked beans.  I am hopefully going to make the rhubarb cobbler I found somewhere.  I hope it will turn out.

I have to admit that I am getting ready for everything to be planted and all I have to worry about is weeding and picking produce.  I hope it comes soon!

I can’t believe this is post 30.  I guess congratulations are in order if you are still reading my rants/raves about gardening.



Planting Day 2: Busted
May 22, 2009, 2:42 pm
Filed under: Herbs, outdoor gardening, Squash, Tomatoes
Raised beds taken yesterday - roots, onions and the fartherest is cabbage family

Raised beds taken yesterday - roots, onions and the fartherestis cabbage family

Today was even hotter then yesterday.  My allergies have decided to appear with a vengeance.  I barely took the dogs for a walk today.  So no planting will be done as Deron and I have a cook out to go to this evening.  So to prevent it from being a total wasted day (which I don’t have time for) I decided to figure out the front garden layout.  I will have 5 tomato plants out front.  This will make 51!  I can’t believe that I made it!  I will also have flowering nicotine, bee balm, basil, lovage, bell peppers, okra, eggplants and zucchini (not in order planted).  I went through all tomato seedlings I had and figured out where they would be located.  I went next door to Alvin’s to see if he wanted some.  Alvin is the resident gardener on the block.  He is 70 something and still enjoying the gardening in his backyard except that this year it is much harder for him to bend down.  He was so tickled pink with the addition of tomatoes.  Some of his didn’t make it this year.  So, with the dozen left at his place, I still have a few extras.  I guess that is a good thing. 

Last two beds - tomatoes and bean beds

Last two beds - tomatoes and bean beds

I also decided to plant the summer squash by the peas.  So when the plant gets big, the peas will be gone hopefully.  I can’t believe that with over 400 sf of planting, I am still having problems accommodating all the plants.  I blame it on the tomatoes!  So, Plant Day Three has to be a big one with Deron’s help.  I have bean tee pees to make, plants to be planted and a front to get ready to plant and fully planted before Sunday afternoon.  Not to mention I need to make dessert for our cookout and clean the house.  When will it end??