The 2011 Garden

It’s been three months, and it’s beyond time I posted something to move the last post with that depressing mountain of snow down the queue.  How about this…

Or this…

That’s my clearance sale rhododendron that I got last spring.  There were a few blooms on it when I got it, but in the fall there were tons of flower buds on the plant.  A few of them opened, but then winter set in.   When the weather started warming up, the plant just picked up where it left off last fall and bloomed beautifully.

So sorry I haven’t been a good blogger girl these past few months, but I have been doing a few things here and there gardening related.  In March when we had out first relatively warm day I planted the south bed with my seed tape.  Then the temperatures dropped…we had snow…a number of times.  I thought the seeds were dead, but low and behold one day I saw the pointy leaves of spinach.  Here’s what the bed looks like now.

I planted three or four varieties of spinach, radish and bok choi using the seed tape.  Once the seeds started growing in, I interplanted each row with lettuces.  I think this is the first time that I’m picking more than just a few leaves of spinach.  The only thing that didn’t germinate well was the bok choi, although I was pleasantly surprised to find a few plants growing today.

I did a bit of winter sowing with the spinach seeds too.  I tried to overwinter some lettuce in this big bin, but I saw bugs in it and it had to go.  But before I sat it outside on the porch, I planted some spinach seeds.  Sure enough, when the weather started warming up, the spinach started to grow.  Then I transplanted a few other plants into the bin and have been harvesting baby leaves.

Right now I’m hardening off my tomato and pepper plants.  I went the heirloom route this year.  Red and yellow brandywine, although I’ve lost most of the yellow, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Cherry, Principe Borghese (hope I spelled that right), Lemon Pear.   I’ll be glad when the weather mellows out so I can actually put them in the ground.

So…what else is going on?  One of the flat leaf parsley plants made it through the winter and is growing great. I think all of the onions that were left last year started growing, and I’ve harvested them already to clear out the bed for the tomatoes.   I’m in the process of doing a raised bed in front of the garage where I grew the corn last year.  I’m thinking of doing white potatoes one one side and sweet potatoes on the other side.  I’ve got peas, broccoli and a couple cabbages in the ground already, although they’re growing kind of slow, and the strawberries have quite a few blooms on them

Anyway, that’s a little catch-up on what’s going on in my world…as I anxiously wait for the weather to break.

Happy Gardening!!!

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4 Comments

  1. May 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    That definitely looks better than the snow drift! I was beginning to think you got lost in it ;-)

  2. Liisa said,

    May 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Everything looks great. How did you make you seed tape?

  3. May 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I made “glue” by boiling flour and water. I cut four-foot strips of toilet paper (to go across the width of my planting bed). I cut those strips into four thin strips. I took a chopstick and dipped it in the glue and put dots of glue at about one-inch intervals. Then I came back and used the tip of the chopstick to pick up the seeds and place into the dot of glue. I even went so far as to make a little label with the seed name on it and stapled it to the top of the strip, poked a hole in it, and lined them up along one of the chop sticks. I think the bok choi (?) didn’t germinate well because the soil dried out and the tissue was on top of the soil, but I’m happy with the others.


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