Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Maple Hill Hop 18

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome back to 
The Maple Hill Hop,
where we share what's going on outside,
no matter the season.

While checking on the square-foot bed,
these carrots were spied.
Yeah, they're really growing under there!

This Bibb variety looks like it's bolting...

but I can assure you, it's tender and sweet.
What a feeling of satisfaction to be able to harvest your own salad greens.
I could get used to this!

Careless sowing of some of the beets led to this.
I decided to thin them out
and redistribute them elsewhere.

Using a long-handled plastic spoon,
they were dug up.
Some had a small rootball, some didn't.

These should do better now that they have a bit more room to grow.

The transplants will be watched to see how they adapt to their new location.
If they don't make it, I will plant new seed here.
I've been thinking more about tinkering with
edible landscaping.
As long as I get to eat what grows, I'll sow it wherever I can!

I wanted to add a few more bulbine plants under the oak tree.

This is a Florida-friendly plant that is drought tolerant,
needs no fertilizer and thrives no matter the variation in temperature.
It's also happy in sun or shade and displays brilliant golden spires.

This bulbine was large enough to divide.
It is easily accomplished and will bounce right back.

A dozen or so shoots were dug up to place under the tree.

Before planting, the roots get a little trim to encourage new growth.

These pansies were acquired off the "dead rack"
for a mere pittance.
They add a cheery spot of color to the winter garden.

What's going on by you?
Even if it's still snowing,
we'd love to see it!

Let's HOP!