Viewing Terry's Garden Diary: 2012 Garden
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tomatoes and Peppers are a'bloomingFinally last week we started seeing those lovely yellow blooms on the tomato plants, and white and purple blooms on the peppers.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
See how they grow...Here's a shot of the garden taken today. Okra is along the back fence; tomatoes take up center two rows; peppers in fourth row (on the right) and beans and squash are in the first row (to the left, outside of the camera shot), along with the potato "bin" and elevated bed with radishes, carrots and onions.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Seeds are all in!Planted marigold seeds among the tomatoes, lettuce seedlings flank the strawberry plants; scarlet runner beans and blue bachelor's buttons are planted on either side of the outhouse potting shed. A week ago, I got the radishes and carrots and sweet onions sowed in the larger elevated bed, and the radishes are of course already up and running. Okra is coming up by the hour along the fence row - with this heat, it's no surprise.
I also scattered three packages of cosmos and a package of 'Broken Colors' four o'clocks among the perennials in the new borders just to fill in any blank spots. I think this really and truly concludes ALL the seed planting for the year. In other news the nasturtiums are slowly making their appearance, and a few more days I should be able to tuck them among the beans and squash and pumpkin hills.
Unfortunately I failed to note which hill was cuke and which was zuke. One is up, one is not. May have to replant, but which one? Sigh.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Borders 50% doneI managed to get one side of the gate done; total of 32 feet x 3 feet deep, full of perennials. Tomorrow is more of the same!
Also put in rest of tomato stakes and found a 'Big Jim' Numex anaheim to fill in my own blank spot in the vegetable garden.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Vegetable Garden planted!The danger of frost is technically past, and the forecast looks favorable. After a bit of a drizzle yesterday, the vegetable garden was ready to plant.
1 Arkansas Traveler
1 Black Cherry
1 Black Krim
1 Boxcar Willie
1 Eva Ball Purple
1 Hazelfield Farms
2 Health Kick
1 Laurel's Lefty
1 Maypop Righty
1 Sherrill's Watermelon
1 Sugar Sweetie
I have just enough room for one more, which is good because I need an Anaheim; 'Tennessee Green Pod' bush beans in between the plants.
1 row of 'Red Burgundy' okra
2 hills of squash (Delicata and 'Sweet Dumpling')
2 hills of pumpkins (Rouge vif d'Etamps and white 'Cotton Candy')
2 teepees with pole beans ('Trionfo Violetto' and 'Royal Burgundy')
1 hill of 'Homemade Pickles' cucumbers
1 hill of 'Eightball' zucchini
I still need to plant the elevated beds with carrots/radishes and onions in one; strawberries in the other. The designated strawberry bed is in place; ordered plants aren't yet here. The other bed needs a few strong backs to move it and as soon as it's in place, the seeds and onion bulbs are ready to go in.
The lettuce I sowed a few days ago is up; in another week or so I'll transplant them out among the tomatoes where they can fill in bare spots until they're harvested. Nasturtiums are hopefully ready to bust forth so I can plant them in their "Cow Pots" among the hills of squash and pumpkins
Friday, March 30, 2012
Lilacs!The lilacs are blooming - yay!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tomatoes & Peppers - next stepAnother gorgeous 80-degree day here in the midstate. I took the two flats of tomatoes and peppers outside to pot them up into separate cells, and bury the tomato seedlings so they can grow out and up in the next couple weeks.
Assuming the cat stops eating the leaves, here's what I have:
Angola - 6
Arkansas Traveler - 12+
Black Cherry - 8
Black Krim - 12
Boxcar Willie - 12
Eva Ball Purple - 12
Hazelfield Farms - 12
Health Kick - 10
Laurel's Lefty - 10
Maypop Righty - 6
Momotaro - 7
Sherrill's Watermelon - 11
Sugar Sweet Cherry - 12++
Blushing Beauty - 10
Jimmy Nardello - 8
Maypop Bell - 6
Mysterious Maypop - 12
Orange Blaze - 12
Purple Jalapeno - 4 (maybe 5)
Yellow Cheese - 8
Orange Blaze - 12
Monday, March 12, 2012Ideas for small "native" area near the front of the fence row. Plants must be able to take sun and widely varying moisture - from very wet in times of heavy rains, to pretty dry at the height of summer.
Ideas for trees & shrubs:
Amelanchier arborea - 15-20 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1525/
Amelanchier canadensis - 20-30 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1511/
Amelanchier laevis - 6-15 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/78536/
Clethra alnifolia - 6-8 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/79183/
Red-twig dogwoods (Cornus sericea) - 6-8 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/74726/
Gray dogwoods (C. racemosa) 10-15 feet tall: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/74726/
Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae) - evergreen, 40+ feet: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53154/
Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) 6-8 feet; fruit are not preferred by wildlife: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54517/
Spiraea tomentosa (4-6 feet) likes boggy conditions: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1271/
Cephalanthus occidentalis (10-20 feet tall likes wet conditions: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1515/
Perennials for wet sites & sun include
Columbines (Aquilegia canadensis),
Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus),
New England asters (A. nova-angliae)
New York asters (A. novi-belgii)
Joe Pye (Eupatorium maculatum),
Bulbs that will tolerate wet conditions include
Along the edges of the pond (aside from my Louisiana irises), Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) would make a good edging), along with Lobelia (L. silphitica and L. cardinalis), sedge 'Ogon' and blue flag irises.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Bulb inventory listSo I can keep track of which bulbs are where, here's my inventory list:
1 - red tulips in bed around porch; 9 clumps are marked
2 - peach daffodils - 2 clumps located behind the bird bath
3 - small narcissus; 5 clumps next to irises & 16 clumps behind daylilies ('Hush Little Baby' and 'Mardi Gras')
4 - yellow daffodils - 2 clumps
5 - cream daffodils - 5 clumps
6 - pink & purple hyacinths - 5 clumps/bulbs
Sunday, March 11, 2012
OutsideYesterday and today were both beautiful spring days - highs in the 60s. Despite my horrendous allergies, we managed to clear the rest of the fence row (from the backyard fence forward) and burn off the grapevines and privet saplings we culled out. Now to plan something to grow along the fence that won't require much coddling...
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Tomato seedlings - updateThe 'Health Kick' were getting leggy, so I pricked them out and re-planted them a little deeper (also separated them into two six-packs.) Almost everything is up now but a few aren't germinating (and others are putting out more plants than I planted seeds, I think!)
Friday, March 2, 2012
More seeds plantedToday I planted another flat of seeds, including:
'Angora' (Angora Super Sweet) heirloom mid-season indeterminate cherry tomato
'Arkansas Traveler' heirloom late season indeterminate pink
'Black Krim' heirloom midseason dark purple/black indeterminate
'Boxcar Willie' heirloom midseason red indeterminate
'Eva Purple Ball' heirloom purple/black midseason indeterminate
'Hazelfield Farm' midseason slicer, canner, volunteer on Hazelfield Farm in Wheatley KY
'Sherrill's Watermelon' - extra large paste or plum tomato discovered near Sherrill Ford NC 40-50 years ago.
'Sugar Sweetie' cherry tomato
'Jimmy Nardello' - sweet Italian frying pepper
'Purple Jalapeno' - a hot pepper that starts purple then slowly matures to red.
'Maypop Sweet Bell'
'Mysterious Maypop' (marconi)
In other news, all of the first-planted tomatoes are up, and the peppers are within a day of pushing out their leaves.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
One (?) more order - mostly ornamentals!This is a summary of my order with Botanical Interests placed today:
Carrot Baby Little Finger Heirloom Seed - $1.69
Carrot Tonda di Parigi Heirloom Seed $1.79
Pea Snow Oregon Sugar Pod II Seed $1.79
Quinoa Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Organic Seed $1.99
Nasturtium Cherry Rose Jewel Seed $1.89
Nasturtium Mahogany Seed $2.39
Nasturtium Jewel Blend Seed $1.89
Nasturtium Trailing Single Blend Seed $1.89
Hyacinth Bean Ruby Moon Seed $2.99
Bells of Ireland Seed $1.89
Castor Bean Impala Seed $2.99
Chinese Lantern Seed $1.69
Flax Scarlet Seed $1.79
Love-Lies-Bleeding Seed $1.59
Nicotiana Sensation Blend Seed $1.79
In other news, the 'Momotaro' seeds have sprouted too. Now to scramble to get the lights set up post-haste.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
They're up!Well, not everything, but the 'Health Kick' and 'Black Cherry' seedlings are sprouting - woohoo!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Grow stand is up!It's makeshift, but it will make-do. "It" is part of a plastic 5-shelf unit out of the garage. Plenty of room for seedling trays, it was empty and available, and I can hang my grow lights on it easily. It's also butt-ugly, but it's only for a few weeks.
Started three tomato seeds:
Saturday, February 4, 2012
TGS order arrived!My Tomato Grower Supply order arrived today; 'Orange Blaze' is backordered, but everything else is here. Now to get my grow stand set up and ready to use! A very dreary day today - rainy and 58 for the high. The past few days have been gloriously spring-like: highs in the 60s and sunny. Daffs are up; let's hope mother nature doesn't have a mean streak waiting for us between now and last frost.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Order from Pinetree SuperseedsPURPLE TRIONFO VIOLETTO BEAN - $1.95
MASAI BEAN (47 days) - $1.95
TENNESSEE GREEN POD BEAN - $1.25
HOMEMADE PICKLES CUCUMBER - $1.35
RED DEERS TONGUE LETTUCE (52 days) - $1.25
RED BURGUNDY OKRA (55 days) - $1.35
SCARLET SPINACH (40 days) - $1.35
BUSH DELICATA SQUASH - $1.35
SWEET DUMPLING SQUASH (100 days) - $1.35
ROUGE VIF D ETAMPES PUMPKIN - $1.50
LOLLO ROSSA LETTUCE (53 days) - $1.25
PURPLE BELLE CERINTHE - $1.35
STARBURST BLAZE SUNFLOWER - $1.35
STATE FAIR MIX ZINNIA - $1.25
CUT AND COME AGAIN ZINNIA - $1.25
PURPLE MAJESTY ORNAMENTAL MILL - $2.95
YELLOW CHEESE PEPPER (85 days) - $1.10
EIGHTBALL ZUCCHINI - $1.50
Monday, January 30, 2012
WeatherSure doesn't feel like winter - it's 60 degrees and sunny today. Mornings are frosty, of course and most of the horses in the pastures around us have blankets on at night.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The houseAn overhead view of the house on Google. Must have been taken late last summer, judging by the pond and color of the grass.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Seed order!Today I placed an order with TGS for the following:
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Plant order - cutting gardenToday I placed an order with American Meadows for the following plants:
12 Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
6 Hollyhock Queeny Purple
4 Hollyhock Nigra
10 Foxglove Mertonensis
10 Shasta Daisy Snowcap
10 Sedum Purple Emperor
8 Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix (Bag of 3)
Scheduled delivery date is the week of 4/15.
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