Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maple Hill Hop 4

Maple Hill Hop
Welcome to the 
Maple Hill Hop,
where we share what's going on outside our doors.

Since starting the fall garden several weeks ago,
things are poppin' up.
The next step was to feed all those gems cropping up in the square foot bed.

This is 20-20-20 fertilizer that I got from my friends Faye & Lynn.
It's what they use on all of their amazing produce.
A tablespoon per 1 gallon of water is used to give plants a good boost.

Rainwater is mixed in to dilute the powder.
These rain barrels sure come in handy for chores like this.

I used 2 gallons on the square foot bed and the pots containing green beans.
Fertilizing has always been somewhat daunting to me.
I never knew exactly what to do with it or how much to apply.
Lynn says that it's a matter of trial and error.
You just have to be willing to experiment and see what works for each crop.

The eggplant is starting to wake up!

Green beans are showing up.

I'll be happy to sample some of this Bibb lettuce.

Do you know how difficult it is to see these snap peas each morning
and know that I still have to wait to eat them?
They're so worth the wait!
All the edibles will now be fertilized every two weeks
until harvest.

None of the carrots I sowed came up,
so I reseeded them this past weekend.

I decided to sow three squares of carrots
instead of reseeding the leek.
I still have leek in the freezer that I got from Faye & Lynn,
so I will try my hand at carrots.
We eat them every week.

More folks came by for some Gulf Fritillary caterpillars.
I love sharing them and teaching others  how to host them in their gardens.
It occurred to me that even though I'm not yet in my desired location,
I'm taking steps toward "daisy's dream" every time I share my experience with these critters
and end up giving a tour of the garden.
I'm workin' the dream  
where I am,
instead of awaiting the perfect circumstances.
Love how God is using me this way.

Right now I'm overrun with these little guys.
Guess it's time to repost them to Craig's List!
Another chance to share with others what I've learned
and meet fellow gardeners who appreciate the beauty of nature.
It's all good!

Let's HOP!


  1. That fertilizer looks interesting! I hope we can get some rain barrels set up soon too. Hope you get the linky figured out! :)

    1. With another blogger's help, I got the Hop up and running!

  2. The garden looks great. Love the peas and caterpillars.

  3. Oh goodness I've been sadly neglecting your blog this (now past) month. I just had to comment on this post and say I am so loving your ongoing caterpillar stories! What a great way to connect to other people, and share something so wonderful. Can you tell I've always loved caterpillars and their transformation?!

    1. You are such a critter lover. Yeah, I love it when folks come here to learn about the cats and their transformations!


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