Viewing Terry's Garden Diary: 2002 Diary
Thursday, October 24, 2002High: 68
Overnight low: mid-50's
Cloudy today; it looked like rain from about noon onward, but it never did rain.
Spent a good part of the day gathering the spring-purchased natives that spent the summer outdoors, and the fall co-op plants and leftovers, and trying to get all the "like" plants together in the same flats.
It will probably take me several more hours tomorrow to finish up, but it's gettting there! I think everything will fit on one side of the GH, and I'll keep them up on the benches until I need the space for seedlings. Since these plants need dormancy, I'm not too worried about freezing temps in there - assuming we ever get a frost!
Friday, October 18, 2002Overnight Low: 42
Daytime high: 69
Beautiful weather today. Rain & t-storms expected tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Spent the afternoon cleaning out the greenhouse. Threw away all the broken "stuff" and swept it out, then hosed down everything. Cleaned up all the small cell packs (probably have another 3-4 flats left to do once I collect all the unsprouted trays still hanging around), and all the larger cells and flats to do. Hoping to spend tomorrow afternoon getting them done, and the GH will then be ready for plants and later on seedlings.
Thursday, October 17, 2002I can't believe it's been six months since I updated my journal - where did the spring and summer go? Well, there's no time like the present to get back in the swing of things.
Morning low: upper 30s
Day's high: upper 50s
Windy, and chance of rain later tonight or tomorrow
This afternoon I planted 100 daffodil bulbs among the daylilies:
25 'Tahiti' and
25 'Ice Follies'
I planted them in clumps of 3 bulbs, and added bone meal to each planting hole, as well as a scoop of organic soil amendment (not enough finished compost to do the whole job :(
I hope to get a blower/leaf mulcher in the next few weeks, and when the leaves start coming down, shred them and place them on this bed along with a thin layer of manure. I'm still debating whether to leave the pinestraw over the manure and leaves, or go ahead and rake it off, and get it going in the compost bin.
Tuesday, April 23, 2002Cloudy and cool today - high in low 70s, although I'm not sure it ever really felt that warm.
Monday, April 22, 2002Much cooler today - finally! Got rain overnight, which was nice. Extended forecast shows truly spring-like temps for the next couple weeks (highs in the 60s-70s, overnight lows in the 40s and 50s.)
Sunday, April 21, 2002Purchased new low-voltage lights along the daylily bed; they look really nice. We'll get coordinating lantern-style lights to go along the sidewalk once we get the landscaping done.
Pruned the spiraea bush in the front yard - got rid of most of the center growth, so the branches aren't rubbing each other.
The smaller shrub has some sort of gall, so I pruned off the affected branches and took them to a brush fire the boys had going.
Saturday, April 20, 2002Sold a lot of tomato plants today - still a lot more to sell, LOL!
Hot today, high in the 80s. I climbed in the pond and mucked it out (yuck!) And tied a barley straw bale to a brick near the spitter, so hopefully the green murkiness will subside in a week or two.
Also planted up a few things; still a lot more to get done. With the cooler temps that are supposed to arrive soon, it should be nicer to get out and get stuff planted.
Friday, April 12, 2002Another gorgeous day. Potted up all the hostas from Gilbert & Wild - half will go to Donna next weekend; the other half in our new front landscaping. A few tiny "extras" got planted in the shade garden, just for giggles and grins. Snapped some photos of the wildflowers in bloom (including the Purple Prairie T. recurvatum that's supposed to be so termperamental!)
Thursday, April 11, 2002Dug up the violets around the tree in the shade garden and planted Tradescantia (purple and white varieties) and Cerastium in the spot. I think these will be a nice combination, with the Tradescantia growing up among the silvery foliage of the Cerastium. And of course, if I don't like it, I can always move it next year!
Saturday, April 6, 2002Pulled up all the Muscari americanum (?) from the yard - boy those things can sure multiply! I put them in eight 2-gallon containers, along with bone meal and sterile mix, and set them round back of the GH for the summer. In the fall, I should have lots to give away, trade and plant.
Set out my lettuce seedlings and the seed potatoes. Still no sign of life with the asparagus, but I think I'll get a bag of mushroom compost to sprinkle over the top and hopefully keep the soil a bit looser (it really crusts over bad.)
Friday, April 5, 2002Potted up some of the Talinum (created a flat of 3" pots, with several in each one, plus three six-pack cells of the remaining smaller plants.)
Spent quite a bit of time straightening out the GH, putting the seeds that have been outside back in, and getting the unnecessary "stuff" out of there. It looks nice if I say so myself! (Crowded, but nice, LOL.)
Thursday, April 4, 2002Embarassed to say it, but I finally got the rest of the tomato and pepper seedlings potted up. Rotated all the tomatoes, and marked a lot of the cups that hadn't yet been marked through the flats.
Official total - 28 flats, (not counting an almost-full flat of stuff I planted for myself.)
So, that's 24 flats or 432 plants (probably 400 for sale) of tomatoes, and 72 peppers (probably something like 65 for sale.)
Temperatures are to get down to mid-30s again tonight - brr!
Wednesday, April 3, 2002Watered everything - it seems everything made it while we were gone without incident - whew!
Thursday, March 28, 2002Deeply watered everything to try to tide it over until we get back. If the forecast holds true, we should be in great shape (it's supposed to be overcast and mid-60s for daytime temps, with nighttime temps in the mid to upper 40s - I couldn't have dreamed of better temperatures.)
The top half of the plastic on the door has been un-stapled to allow air circulation.
Thursday, March 21, 2002Pruned the grapes and blueberry plants today - what a difference it made to remove a lot of the old vines from the grape arbor. I just hope I did it right!
Wednesday, March 20, 2002Potted up the plants from the wildflower co-op - wowsers. I have filled 11 flats with big 4" and quart-size pots. Each flat holds 15 plants, so I think I've about reached my limit!
Friday, March 15, 2002Went to Dry Shave Nursery to pick up the wildflowers - it's quite a drive, but the plants seem to be very large, and well worth the price. Will spend the weekend boxing and packing.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002Planted asparagus and peas today. Sunny and nice, but a little cool with the breeze.
Sunday, March 3, 2002Cold today - we woke up to 27 degrees and snow flurries. Nothing accumulated, but it didn't get out of the low 30s all day (if that.) Low tonight is supposed to get down in the teens, but then it starts a gradual warm-up, and by Friday we may be to almost 70 with overnight lows in the 40s.
Saturday, March 2, 2002Warm last night (low in the 40s which was a good thing since the propane ran out sometime during the night.) Warm and rainy today - high around 60. Potted up the rest of the tomato seedlings for sale; still have a few that I'm growing for me, plus some peppers. They will definitely take up the remaining space on the bench.
Also pricked out more lobelia - up to eight 6-packs now (2 per cell), and will probably have at least 9 or maybe 10 by the time the rest of the "babies" get a bit bigger.
Gave everything a good watering and fertilizing.
Friday, March 1, 2002Nice today - high in the 50s. Tony built my compost bin (a double bin) and we got all the compost materials moved over into the bins. The way it's looking we might need a third bin before much longer.
It's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, with snow tomorrow night - we'll see.
Thursday, February 28, 2002Sunny but cold today - high in the low 40s. I didn't get much done in the GH (most of the day was taken up with a field trip.) The rest of the tomato plants are coming along, although the overnight temps must be getting cold enough to keep them from going "great gangbusters" like the first batch did. I'm also getting some sun scorch on several plants - I may need to drag the screens from the shed and erect them on the west side of the GH in the afternoons.
Wednesday, February 27, 2002Cold again today but at least I didn't have to run the heater all day like yesterday. But I didn't get much done in the GH besides a little watering.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002Very cold today - ran the heater all day (high was barely 30). I didn't do much to the plants for fear of leaving them cold and stressed, so I ran back and forth a few times to make sure the GH was warm enough - brrr!
Monday, February 25, 2002Potted up some of the tomato seedlings today. I'm leaving some to see if they can get a bit bigger and stronger (it looks like they've had some stress, probably too-cool temps here and there :(
Fertilized the other tomato seedlings, which are going great.
Saturday, February 23, 2002Warmer today. Potted up some lobelia today - will probably work on the tomatoes tomorrow.
Friday, February 22, 2002Cool and cloudy today - I left the heat on in my GH until mid-morning when the sun finally broke through for a bit.
Rotated the tomato plants (needs to be a semi-weekly habit until time to sell them.)
Thursday, February 21, 2002Warm today, high in upper 50s. Potted the polemonium and some of the Lobelia siphiltica into new cell packs and pots.
Colder weather coming - they had originally predicted snow for tomorrow, but I think it'll just be colder, no precip.
Wednesday, February 20, 2002Very warm today - high in low 60s. Potted up some things in the GH and straightened it up - all the tomatoes are now on one side, with plenty of empty space for the other seedlings when they're ready to be potted up.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002Warm and windy - a storm is blowing in this afternoon or evening. Overnight low is supposed to be in the 50s.
Puttered around in the GH, but didn't get much accomplished. Need to get the rest of one bench cleaned off for the tomato plants to be potted up and moved over with the others.
Monday, February 18, 2002Warmer today - high in mid-50s.
Purchased some more seeds at WM today (mostly herb), and some dwarf cannas. Came home and got everything planted and potted (the cannas went into quart-size containers since they were already sprouting.)
Sunday, February 17, 2002High in low 50s, overnight in the 20s.
I planted out most of the remaining flower seed from my seedbox today (the majority of what is left is to be direct-seeded in the garden. Nice to know the seeds are going to be put to use!
Saturday, February 16, 2002Warm today, but still very cold at night. I puttered around in the GH some today, and got some things planted. More tomorrow!
Friday, February 15, 2002Warm again today - rain expected later tonight. Worked inside most of the day.
Thursday, February 14, 2002Warmer today - high in mid-50s. Should be seeing warmer overnight temps pretty soon, although they've been down in the mid-20s this week.
Watered in all the plants that Trish brought, plus the big pots of "stuff" I've got wintering over in the GH. Tomorrow I'll need to water some of the tomato plants, and I'll probably give them a diluted fertilizer solution as well. (And if I get really ambitious, I'll get a bunch of things seeded.)
Wednesday, February 13, 2002Sunny but crisp today - high in the mid 40s. Trish brought me a truckload (literally) of plants and flats - wow.
Didn't get anything done in the GH (gee, wonder why?) All the plants she brought need to be watered, but it was late in the day when we unpacked everything so I'll wait until tomorrow to water.
Tuesday, February 12, 2002Warm and sunny today - high in mid 50s. (The GH was much warmer than that)
Got the rest of the first batch of tomatoes potted up. Will start the remaining seedlings tonight, and plan to pot them up in 10 days or so.
Monday, February 11, 2002Sunny today, and fairly warm - high in low 50s. Overnight lows are still pretty cold - 20s and 30s. But the long-term forecast indicates the overnight lows should be in the 40s and 50s by late next week.
Didn't get much done - I've caught a cold, and didn't want to wheeze, plus I had a mess in the laundry room when the washer overflowed :(
Sunday, February 10, 2002Potted up the Green Belgium, Bonny Best, Kellogg's and Brandywine tomatoes today. Will pot up the Flame and Cherokee Purple tomorrow (need more pots!) and then I'll start the rest of the tomato and pepper seeds.
The pardanthopsis, pardancanda and belamcanda seeds are sprouting - woohoo!
Saturday, February 9, 2002Nice weather today - high in mid 60's. Rain predicted for tomorrow. Didn't get anything done in the GH (I've caught a cold.)
Friday, February 8, 2002Cold and foggy today. The sun finally burned off the fog around 12:30. School was postponed for two hours because many of the backroads had black ice, plus the fog made it pretty nasty out.
Not much going on in the GH - just trying to keep everything warm.
Thursday, February 7, 2002Snow this morning. Most areas around us got accumulation, but I think our ground was too warm. It snowed heavily for about three hours, then let up. Cold all day, and even colder tonight.
Tuesday, February 5, 2002Chilly (30s) and overcast today; ran the electric heater even during the day.
Monday, February 4, 2002Chilly but sunny today (snow predicted later in the week.) The tomatoes are sprouting; will need to prick them out and pot them up soon.
Sunday, February 3, 2002Cold and rainy today - high around 40, although it felt much colder. Overcast all day, rain on and off. Didn't do anything in the garden today, but I'll be busy tomorrow gettng the rest of the tomato and pepper seeds started.
Saturday, February 2, 2002Cold and sunny today - high in the mid 40s. Puttered around in the GH a bit, watering some things. I moved two flats of stubborn perennials out to undergo natural stratification for a few weeks.
Supposed to be cold tonight - low in the 20s.
Friday, February 1, 2002Cooler today. Our high was last night (knew it couldn't last). Will have to run the GH heater tonight.
Thursday, January 31, 2002Very warm today - overnight low in the 60s. Rain expected tonight.
I watered all the mature, dormant plants today before the cooler temps roll back in tomorrow.
Added to the compost pile - I need to have Tony bring home enough pallets to build bins and get the compost pile neater and more efficient.
Wednesday, January 30, 2002Finally emptied all the bags of leaves from the neighbor's yard and straightened up the back area where the natives will go. As soon as this next cold front moves through we'll add cow manure and try to get the leaves broken down better before spring.
Planted about half the tomato seeds so far; the Marieseeds order isn't in yet.
Tuesday, January 29, 2002Really warm temps today, and they should last a few more days at least.
Puttered around in the GH today, and have a few more things sprouting (the Dianthus are almost all up; the Echinacea tennesseensis is starting to sprout too. One of the Dieramas has sprouted.
Monday, January 28, 2002Warm today, the overnight lows are going to be in the upper 50s/60-ish for several days. The Corydalis lutea are doing very well - in fact, they're crowded, so I pricked out many of them into new seedlings packs. I should have many to plant out and perhaps even sell some this year.
Friday, January 25, 2002Removed the Astilbe arendsii seeds from the freezer and planted them today.
Saturday, January 12, 2002Planted quite a few easier-to-start seedlings today: Dianthus, Aster, (Dwarf Purple and Boltonia); Thalictrum; Eupatorium; Echinacea, Pardanthopsis, Pardancanda, Belamcanda, Aquilegia, Lobelia, Dierama, Sisyrinchium. Also placed some Astilbe arendsii seeds in the freezer for 10 days.
Friday, January 11, 2002
Friday, January 11, 2002Watered the seedlings in the greenhouse. The Corydalis, Bellis perennis and Polemonium are doing great.
The rest went back on the heat mats, and I'll leave them there for two weeks, if nothing I'll either winter sow or refrigerate to try to break dormancy.
Thursday, January 10, 2002Very mild today - high in the 60s. Rain tonight.
Turned the daylily bed today; I figured it was a good time to get it "going" again.
I think with the Bermuda that was in it before we created the bed, it would be a good idea to completely turn under the composted leaves, manure and newspapers in March, then lay down a thick layer of newspaper, plant the daylilies, then top with mulch, pine needles or shredded bark.
Hopefully we can stop most of the Bermuda in its tracks with that approach, and the weeding will remain minimal.
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