Friday, March 25, 2022

Garden Friday

Welcome to the first Garden Friday of spring!
It's a thrill to watch everything wake up from its winter slumber.
These tulips are so vibrant!

The bulbs are especially enchanting to me,
because having lived in Florida for so long,
we did not experience their magical uprising.

The daffodils are still blooming each and every day,
and we have a variety of colors and shapes to enjoy.

I was able to add some asparagus to my salad yesterday,
and I have to say that it is very rewarding to harvest your food
from right outside your door.
What could be fresher?

A new technique was tried for sowing carrots this week.
I'm notoriously lax about thinning them out,
so I decided to plant them more "by the book".

The Cobra was used to make drills (or furrows).
This tool makes the job quick and easy.

A friend gave me one of these seed planters,
so I thought I'd give it a go.
I think I still got too many seeds in some of the spots,
but we'll see what comes up.

Some rosemary was harvested from our established plant out front.
The plan is to move it to a sunnier location,
and I wanted to be sure that I had a back up plan.

 A dozen or so sprigs were cut and placed into a pot,
for future transplanting or giving away.
This drought tolerant herb makes a lovely bush.
The scent always reminds me of my sweet momma.
Two elderberry plants were put in place this week.
These were my purchase from our local Extension plant sale.
I'm hoping to be able to make elderberry syrup with the fruit.
Each year, I add to our food forest.
Last year we loaded up on blueberries.

After a couple of days of fairly heavy rain,
I noticed how much this yarrow had grown.
It seemed to shoot up overnight!
Looking forward to adding more natives to this bed in the front of the house.

 The tulips and this candytuft are just gorgeous.
I think I want to add a lot more of the candytuft to the garden beds.
It's gone through the winter like a champ.
What a treat to see them each morning
as I head out on my daily walk.

What's blooming where you are?

Friday, March 18, 2022

Garden Friday



Welcome to Garden Friday,
where we share what's going on in our Zone 7b garden.
It's been a wet and woolly week here in the Piedmont.
We have been blessed with an abundance of rain,
and the garden has loved every drop.

The pansies are looking better than they have
since they were first planted.
The cooler temps didn't seem to faze them one bit.
Before the coldest temperatures hit,
I harvested some lettuce.
It's still tasting mighty fine,
even though it's been in the ground for months.
This is a combination of buttercrunch and green oak leaf.

Parsley is planted for our kitchen needs,
but also to enable black swallowtail caterpillars to thrive.
The parsley in the raised bed took a hit with the freeze,
but this bunch in a pot is doing just fine.
We are sprouting other herbs now in the kitchen,
just as we did for the broccoli, chard and kale.
The garlic really responded to the rainfall.
It is growing like gangbusters!
This is one of my favorite crops to harvest.
So satisfying!

The peas were covered with leaf mulch the night before
the temperatures plummeted to 18 degrees.
They are now popping back up through the leaves.
The potatoes didn't fare too well.
They were looking so good,
but I didn't cover them up, 
thinking they'd be okay.
They weren't.
I'm fairly sure they will recover without a problem.
The oregano that was recently transplanted
look like they are a bit worse for wear.
This crop has made it through four winters here,
so I'm not too concerned.
One day this week, I spied one of our resident bunnies munching away.
We are happy to share our bounty.

The broccoli looks to be progressing,
and I'm hoping that more consistent weather 
will be key to its success.

The irises that were transplanted from the mailbox bed
to the front door bed are doing great.
These gorgeous purple blooms 
will be a welcome greeting very soon.
This area under my bedroom window
was recently fiddled with.
Plants were placed in clusters,
instead of being more spread out.
This also made room for any new plants I may want to add.
The plan includes widening the bed a few more feet.

The daisies, poppies, and yarrow have grown right through the coldest days.
I'm hoping to add more natives overall to the garden,
especially those that attract pollinators.
The Black-Eyed Susan is rarin' to go!
This week, especially, I noticed how vibrant and healthy they look.
Some of these will be divided and added elsewhere.

I'm happy to say that our girls are again laying like champs!
We get at least 3 eggs most days,
and it is so satisfying to be able to share them with neighbors.
Chicks are in the plans for early spring!

Enjoy this beautiful bouquet, 
courtesy of God.
Hope your spring garden plans are coming right along.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Garden Friday


 Welcome back to Garden Friday,
where we share our Zone 7b garden.
Look at this lil' fella I found lurking among the brush.
It's a sign of approaching spring!

A couple of weeks ago, I took the time
to thin out our irises near the mailbox bed.
I added them around one side of the new chicken run,
and I can't wait to see them all come up and bloom!

Some time was spent potting up many of our sprouted seeds.
I've been germinating seeds on our kitchen countertop,
using only damp paper towels and a clamshell lettuce bin.
It's worked great and has gotten me a bit of a head start
on the planting season.

 Just look at the roots of this snap pea after about 2 weeks!
When it's time for them to grow, they know it!

The beginnings of a climbing trellis were added
to one of the raised beds.  The peas were planted
just inside of these two t-posts.
As the peas grow, baling twine will be added across the center,
enabling the peas to start their ascent.
These peas will be growing on the northwest side of the bed,
so as not to shade the other plants sharing the space.

 Several pots of broccoli were potted up,
using the same sprouting technique.
The wire covering the bin is to dissuade squirrels
 from digging up the soil in the pots.
As I checked these on Thursday afternoon,
they were doing quite well.
There are also chard and kale seedlings placed here.
All of these will be covered with a blanket,
as we are supposed to have a cold snap come through over the weekend.
The blueberries show more buds each day.
With about a dozen bushes planted,
we are hoping to have enough berries 
for both the birds and us.

This stem was spotted near one of the blueberry plants,
but I think it's a raspberry, noting the thorns on the branches.
I'm hoping to transplant it elsewhere,
so that it doesn't interfere with the blueberry's progress.

Here's a curious creation.
I'm assuming some sort of creature
spent the winter snuggled in this cocoon.
Any ideas?

With this weekend's cold weather looming,
it would be a great time to make some soup.
This leek is more than ready to add some deliciousness to the pot.

This season, I'm using coir to add to the compost
I usually use for seedlings.
It comes in bricks like this,
and you merely add water to saturate it 
until it becomes a similar texture to peat moss.

We choose not to use peat moss, 
because of the damage to the ecosystem from harvest.
Wanna find out more?
Read this.
This beautiful coir comes from coconut,
and is far more sustainable than peat.
Adding this to compost or soil
adds in the aeration of your growing medium
as well as helping with moisture retention.

The tulips are coming up!
It never gets old to see these amazing plants
rising up from underneath the earth like magic!
I believe that I am now convinced 
that bulbs must be added each fall
to increase the wonderment each spring.
Who's with me on that?