The 2010 Growing Season
Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:43 PM
Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:53 PM
are the leaves hairy? they should be if they are foxglove
Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:24 PM
While looking for a start, I noticed my volunteer bleeding heart and that might be the other plant - the stem looks right, but still not convinced about the leaf.
Squirrels like bulbs like tulips (and cannas.) Not so interested in produce but they can cause havoc as they dig around to bury stuff (hello walnut tree starts all over the yard!) and then try to figure out where they buried stuff. I've also had significant urban garden problems from cats - they love those nicely tilled garden beds as cat boxes. With two cats of our own, I can't get too mad. I used to cover my starts with remay (fabric that allows sun and rain through) more to protect them from cats than from bugs.
Some birds will hang out and uncover bean seeds as you plant them. I'm trying to remember if that was pigeons or crows. Haven't dealt with that for a few years.
Your garden is looking great.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:01 PM
That's what I thought it was too!
You deserve a triumphant mouthful of meat........Lily to Marshall as he searches for the best burger in NY on HIMYM
Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:40 PM
a question: how rigorous are you home gardeners about rotating plant locations? i'm going to expand my garden a little bit this year and the plan was to put this year's tomatoes in the new spot and do something else where i had last year's tomato patch. but now i wonder if i can just grow more tomatoes by using both spots. can i get by just composting heavily in the old spot?
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:07 AM
Mongo, since your garden is still young and since you didn't suffer blight last year, you should feel safe about planting tomatoes in the same spot. Just make sure they have plenty of good nutrition and don't get 'soggy feet' (where the soil doesn't drain well).
Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:08 PM
Even if you live to be 100, life is short.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:08 PM
Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:12 PM
Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:52 PM
I've also been busy digging out weeds that have sprung up anew, and amending the beds with dried blood and cottonseed meal, and getting ready to plant carrots and beets and parsnips and salad greens. All quite ahead of schedule, thanks to the blessedly early warm weather.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:28 PM
“Your father is going deaf. I can’t hear a word he says!”
“I hope to set an example, you know, for children and stuff."
Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:51 PM
Here are two enormous flowers that I purchased on a recent deal.. I put them in the garden one morning and wanted to see if Miss A fell for it.. I was not there when she came out back however, she claims to not have fallen for it.. Though, many guests who have come since comment on how pretty they are..
Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:18 PM
Yes, all from seed. Ever hear the term 'easy-peasy'? If you can draw a straight line you can plant seeds. For carrots and beets, make a furrow (a small trough) about .5" deep and .5" wide. Most instructions tell you to seed all along the row and then thin the plants. I just sprinkle a little cluster of seeds every 3" for carrots, or one single beet 'seed' (which is actually a cluster of seeds) every 4", then cover over with about .5" of dirt. When the plants are well-established (when they have two or three good string secondary leaves showing and they're about 2" tall) thin out all but the strongest of the seedlings.
For peas, make a furrow about 1" x 3" and drop single peas in a sort of zigzag pattern about 2.5" apart, then cover with about 1" of soil. No need to thin them, but unless you plant a dwarf variety, you'll need to provide some kind of trellising as they get taller.
For all of these, water well right after planting and keep the soil very moist until the seeds germinate. Beets will germ. in about 3 – 4 days, carrots may take a week or more, and peas as long as a few weeks. Cooler soil temps. will mean longer germination times.
This is a great time for you to plant this stuff in your climate. And it will help with your antsiness to get started planting something.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:22 PM
You planted the tulip bulbs this spring? If so, don't expect anything from them. They need a winter's chill to initiate growth, which is why they're customarily planted in the fall. The bulbs will likely just rot in the garden. Lilies should be fine, though (this I've never understood).