Friday, February 28, 2020

Garden Friday

 Welcome to Garden Friday!
It still feels like winter,
but the pansies don't seem to mind one bit.
I'm amazed at the fortitude of these blooms!

 The garlic just keeps on keepin' on!
I'm so glad that we planted three times the amount as last season.
The goal is to never buy store-bought garlic again.

The cover crops are getting tall and filling in 
our two new beds.
These will house sweet potato, Yukon Gold potato
and butternut squash plants.  
As they were constructed last year,
they have yet to be planted,
and I'm looking forward to seeing how the cover crops affect them.

 The straw bales on the perimeter of the garden's south side
will be replaced with new bales purchased last fall.
The plan is to grow bush beans, cucumbers and okra in them.
The "discarded" bales will be used elsewhere on the property.

This parsley plant is still hanging on
without much care.
Adding some worm castings and compost tea
should perk it right up.
Parsley is grown not only for cooking,
but also for the black swallowtail caterpillars to enjoy.

Our "spa" room is a makeshift greenhouse
where seedlings can be started while the cold wind blows outside.
Our aloe vera and lemongrass have overwintered in here as well.
Once temperatures warm up, they will head back to the garden.

 This week, I started working on our garden plan,
using the free planner offered on the Gardener's Supply website.
I've used it for the last few years and it's so easy to lay out your plan.
I'm still tweaking it, and hoping that by next week
I'll have the entire layout complete and printed out.

 A few packs of seeds came in the mail,
with more on the way.
This is a thrill every single time it happens.
Better than Christmas!
I've grown the tatsoi and tithonia previously,
but the Dragon Tongue bush beans and Cylindra beets will be a new crop this year.
It's so fun trying new varieties.

 The first of our daffs showed up this week.
It's been a rainy, windy and cold winter,
with intermittent gorgeous sunny days in the 60's.
It's no wonder that the plants don't know what to do.
I'm just grateful that spring is around the corner
so that we can grow some goodies!


  1. Thank you for sharing your bits of spring! It's so nice to see color!!! I love your seed starting "spa" room. What a great use of the space. :)

    1. Well, for now. We have plans to convert it into a laundry room and hopefully, there will be room for some of my seed starting as well. ;0D

  2. I'm looking forward to living vicariously through your garden photos this year. We've tried to grow food, we just don't get enough sun. Most of our yard will be in shade in another month or two when all the trees leaf out again.

    1. Bummer! Is there a community garden near you or maybe a neighbor that would let you grow on their property for some of the harvest. It's hard to grow in shade. Another option would be hydroponics or aquaponics, but they take up considerable space indoors.
      Thanks for stopping in!

  3. I got the first seeds of the year planted this week, several containers of wintersown flowers and herbs. You've got very happy and pretty pansies. I love the spa room as greenhouse.

    1. Ooooh, how exciting! It's great having you here neighbor, so I can make sure I'm on time with my plantings!
      Hope you enjoy your weekend!


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