Friday, April 14, 2017

Garden Friday

 The side porch is home to a hodgepodge of our home-grown crops we call the tin can garden.
It gets sun from about 10 a.m. until almost 7 o'clock in the evening.
I often cover some of the more tender seedlings overnight.

The lettuces will soon be ready for larger containers.
It will be wonderful to have a mix of greens (and reds) for salads.

 The leek are getting taller,
but I'm going to wait a bit before putting them into bigger pots.

 More tomatoes got seeded and are now taking off.
There is nothing like home-grown tomatoes
and this is actually my personal test as a gardener.
If I can successfully grow tomatoes, I will be so excited!

All of a sudden, the parsley and thyme started to dance right out of their containers.
We're planting some parsley for us and some for the butterflies.

 Another area in the yard houses lettuce, kale, carrots, broccoli, beets and snap peas.

 The carrots seem quite content with the cool mornings and sunny days.

 The peas seemed to be happy to get a dose of compost tea.
The two seeds in the center of the pot got replanted,
as they hadn't yet germinated.
Looking forward to a mess of snap peas!

This past weekend I planted some flower seeds,
now that our temps are consistently in the 70's during the daytime hours.
The sunflowers popped this week!

We used our toilet paper roll pots to start these Mammoth Sunflower plants.
The whole kit-n-kaboodle can be transplanted right into the ground.
The paper will deteriorate over time and feed the soil.

The planting beds in the front of this house get sun most of the day.

I'm hoping it's a good place to transplant these cauliflower crops
we started in tin cans.

The root structure is strong enough to hold the plant together
when removed from the can.

We transplant slightly above the soil line
to ensure for good drainage.

A cauliflower border should be quite becoming!

A little secret sauce never hurt anything either.

The best part of our container/tin can garden 
is that the whole thing can be easily transported to our new home
when we find it.
Just checking on these gifts each day brings me so much contentment.

What loveliness has spring brought your way?

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