Viewing Terry's Garden Diary: 2003 Diary
Tuesday, January 13, 2004Sunny, again. Another day in the mid- to upper-50s. It was getting too warm in the GH, so I propped open the door and set the fan on low to move the air around. Need to water while the weather's nice enough to tolerate dragging the hose around.
Monday, January 5, 2004Much colder today - high was only around 40 or so. Cloudy and rainy (almost sleet) on and off today. Tonight will be cold - somewhere around the mid- to low-20s. (And Tuesday night even colder.)
I tried draping my most tender plants still in the GH, as well as making sure the heater is going full-blast. Tomorrow I'll need to fill the propane tank and use the propane heater tomorrow night.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003Hot again today. Watered everything, and the boys erected two "teepees" for my beans (Red Rice and Jacob's Cattle) and the Luffa seeds.
'Jaune Flamme' tomatoes have actually put on some fruit - they're the first to set any.
Monday, June 23, 2003Planted Borage around the tomatoes and peppers.
Saturday, June 21, 2003Tony and the boys got the cutting garden landscape timbers in, and we all worked to get the soil turned and the weeds removed.
In addition to the herbs that were already in there, I planted (and planted, and planted, and planted!):
Cerinthe major purpurascens
Zinnia 'Red Spider'
Leucanthemum 'Crazy Daisy'
Sunflowers ('Chianti', 'Italian Ice' and 'Double Dandy')
Calendula ('Touch of Red' and 'Orange Porcupine')
Herbs - Dill, Cilantro, Black Cumin
Basil (Purple and Lemon)
Mirabilis (Pink flowering)
Thursday, June 19, 2003Warm and muggy again today - south of us got quite a bit of rain yesterday, but we only got sprinkles.
I planted my new Caryopteris 'Worcester Gold' plants today, and set the other new shrubs/trees in back of the GH so they'll have a chance to put on as much growth as possible this summer. The greenhouse is nearly cleaned out, except for the taros and a few other things (and the worm bin)...a good thing, since it's bound to start getting seriously hot soon.
I managed to locate two dozen Caryopteris seedlings from my established bushes. I've potted them up in big cell packs, and hope I can get some growth (and even blooms) on them this year, to see if they're worth tending over the winter.
Shea and I also staked the 'Pink Lemonade' Honeysuckle, since it's getting a bit lanky, and needs to be trained to the mailbox. It's full of blooms, which is wonderful for its first year. The Lantana I planted beneath it has finally hit its stride, and is filling out the bed nicely.
I planted my Nicotiana langsdorfii next to the deck so we can enjoy the fragrance; a wee bit late, but hopefully it'll grow quickly and make up for lost time. While I was at it, I planted my 'Tokyo Delight' Hydrangea and 'Iron Butterfly' Tiarella in the shade garden.
The daylilies continue their display, and look quite nice, although I think we need to judiciously prune the dogwoods and maples to allow more light on this bed - some of the plants are as tall as the lowest limbs!
Wednesday, June 18, 2003Warm and drizzly this morning. Despite the drizzle, we got some things done with the pond, namely removing the big pot of Iris pseudacorus (whew!)
I moved the Japanese Iris from their spot next to the bog garden, and lined the right-hand back side of the pond with them. I hope they'll do well and I can leave them in peace - the poor things have been moved every year since we lived here :(
I spread the remaining pea gravel behind the Japanese Iris to provide a "service area" and easier access for the bog and pond filters. I think I'll pot up my new taros in a big tub and set them in this area as a simple container planting. That way they can be hauled into the GH for storage in the fall, and will provide some height and foliage in the area.
I also pruned the Oakleaf Hydrangea, and hope I didn't kill it. It was so overgrown I had to remove several heavy limbs, but even though it looks a bit ragged, it should at least have better air circulation now.
Shea also was kind enough to attach my arbor to the fence, so now (finally!) it won't be tilting drunkenly every time the wind blows. Now to encourage the Vigna vines to get a move on (don't they know it's mid-June already???)
I moved the two Kabitan hostas to the "hosta bed" near the pond. The Green Kabitan was large enough the clump split in two when I lifted it, so I left half and planted the other half. It's nice to have them growing next to one another for comparison.
I do need to set out some bait for slugs, they're pretty bad this year - not surprising with all the rain we've had.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003The Marianna's Peace didn't make it - I think a rabbit must have targeted them for dinner :(
Lots of grapes this year, but the way the rains keep coming, I don't know how well the veggies will do.
Tuesday, May 6, 2003We got more rain today, but the skies cleared by afternoon. Took advantage of the saturated soil to dig out a lot of the Bermudagrass from my garden paths and around the new daylilies.
A few tomatoes will need replacing after Monday morning's winds. One of the Marianna's Peace is looking puny, but - knock on wood - the other two look okay.
Monday, May 5, 2003Tornadoes came through the area early this morning. Several plants (hostas and brug) have shredded leaves, but hopefully everything can be nursed back to health.
Sunday, May 4, 2003Planted a few more plants in the cutting garden, then tidied up the blueberry bed - weeded it, spread mushroom compost around the plants and sprinkled a handful of fertilizer. Mulched with newspapers and more pine needles.
Saturday, May 3, 2003Took a truckload of plants to the flea market at Triune - sold quite a few, but not as many as I would like to. The weather was cloudy and cool until around noon, then warmed up.
Thursday, April 24, 2003Cloudy most of the day, and rain on and off - high was in upper 50s/low 60s (maybe.) Supposed to have t-storms late tonight and tomorrow.
My new elephant ears arrived from tiG today so I potted them up.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003Gorgeous day - sunny and mild (high around 67).
Potted up several of the winter-sown plants - Adenophora, Amsonia, Lysimachia punctata, as well as the Viola koreana (from Baa) and Grandma's tiger lilies I brought home from Kansas. Got a load of mushroom compost from Southern Creations and topped off all my raised beds in the veggie garden, plus scattered the remainder on one of the wildlfower beds. Will get another load to finish the wildlfower beds and add a little to the herb/cutting flower bed alongside the garden.
Monday, April 21, 2003Set out tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and tomatillos.
3 each of:
2 each of Green Zebra and Evergreen, one each of Early Girl and Better Boy.
Also, two eggplant and two tomatillos.
Saturday, April 19, 2003Bought a second yard of manure compost, and Shea tilled a couple inches into the new flower bed alongside the vegetable garden, and I spread a lot in the new wildflower garden beds, which he tilled in, too.
Tuesday, April 15, 2003Bought a yard of mushroom compost from Southern Creations and spread a 2-4" layer on all the raised beds in the vegetable garden. Looks like we could use another yard, so I'll probably get more in a few days.
Saturday, April 12, 2003Second day of my plant sale - went pretty well (weather was gorgeous again. Still have a lot of daylilies to sell, so I'll try my luck at Triune's flea market in a few weeks.
Saturday, March 29, 2003Much colder today - high was only in the 40s. Tony rented an overseeder and got several pounds of grass seed down in the front and back yards. We're in for freezes tonight and tomorrow night, and some cooler nights for the next week or so.
The daylily bed is coming up nicely, and the daffodils have added a nice sprinkling of color for early spring.
Friday, March 28, 2003Nice and warm today, although rain is expected tonight, then cooler temps for the weekend (and freezing/near freezing temperatures the next couple nights.)
Thursday, March 27, 2003The Bluestone order came today, so I set the shrubs and vine in the GH until we're ready to plant them out.
Saturday, March 22, 2003Warm and sunny today - high around 70. Found what appears to be some Galium odoratum in the front lawn, so I've potted it up and I'll keep an eye on it to see what develops.
Also potted up a flat of flat-leaved parsley from volunteers in the garden.
Misted the impatiens and one six-pack of coleus with Mega-gro - we'll see what happens.
Cleaned up the lambs' ear in the east bed and put down a new layer of pine straw, which tidied up the area considerably.
We had four bluebirds in the front yard this afternoon, all trying to establish their territory. I could be wrong, but I think there was a third pair in the back yard, trying to choose a home. Hopefully we'll have at least one pair of bluebirds nesting this spring!
Friday, March 21, 2003Cloudy today, and a bit cooler.
Thursday, March 20, 2003Almost too hot - high was around 75, and very sunny. It was hard to keep the GH cooled down during the afternoon, even with the door propped wide open, and the fan going full-blast.
Got the bigger six-packs all fertilized and watered again, and moved the smaller pots of pond plants into the horse trough (up on blocks.)
Wednesday, March 19, 2003Warm and sunny, high was around 70 I think. We had hard rain (tornado warning) in the morning, but by afternoon it was mostly sunny and nice.
Watered and fertilized all the smaller six-pack trays today.
Wednesday, March 5, 2003Warm again today - high around 62. Cloudy all day - supposed to rain tonight.
I moved my new bog/pond plants to the GH today, and filled up the horse trough so the water can lose the chlorine before I place plants in there. Got everything watered while I was at it, although I should probably water again in a day or two (some things were pretty dry.)
Will move more seedlings and plants out there tomorrow.
Sunday, March 2, 2003Cloudy, cool/cold and drizzly today. Was supposed to get to mid-50s but I don't think it will.
Potted up several of the annuals - Nicotiana 'Avalon', Double Impatiens, all the salvias, and the 'Crazy Daisy'
Gave everything a good drink of seaweed fertilizer, and will pot up more stuff tomorrow. The tomato seeds are mostly up, so I've moved them under the lights.
Saturday, March 1, 2003Warmer but cloudy today - high around 55.
Went to the Lawn & Garden show, and picked up some new plants, plus plans for a bluebird house.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003Rained/sleeted today - cold (high was 35)
Tuesday, February 25, 2003Weather is cold, (a little snow & rain) Sowed all the tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings today.
Friday, February 7, 2003Cold today - high was 34, low was 18.
Thursday, February 6, 2003Alternated between snow and rain all day - high was 39, low was freezing.
Wednesday, February 5, 2003Colder today - high was 40, overnight low was 25. Snow is predicted for tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 4, 2003High today was near 50; low was 31. Sowed several more seeds today, all perennials that require warm temperatures to germinate.
Monday, February 3, 2003Temperatures were still pretty nice today, but they're calling for colder tempeatures later this week.
Sunday, February 2, 2003Nicer still today - high was near 70. Pruned the crab tree today (we did the apple tree yesterday), and pulled the netting off the pond, got all the branches and sticks hauled to the back and the blocks that held the netting in place are stacked up on the small corner patio.
Saturday, February 1, 2003Gorgeous day; got up to 60 something. The GH felt really great, as I worked to get it cleaned out and all the wildflowers sorted out. They're all down on the floor now (except a few tag end flats that I need to decide what to do with them!) and the pots of plants are organized under the bench on the other side. Everything got watered, so I should be able to see some new growth within the next few days.
Filled three flats (6 jumbo cell packs each) with seeds that need stratification. Still have a few more that I need to start indoors and possibly move outdoors for a few weeks.
Friday, January 31, 2003Cool today, but it's gradually warming up - should be really nice this weekend. The Salvia horminum have already sprouted - yikes!
Thursday, January 30, 2003High today was 36, low was 30. It was supposed to be much warmer, but it never made it.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003Officially the high today was 51, low was 36, but I find that hard to believe, as it was still very chilly at lunchtime.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003High today was 49, low was 29. Sowed several seeds today in one of my new 20-row seed starting trays. Will sow some hard-to-start perennials in a few more days and set outdoors.
Monday, January 27, 2003High wwas 32, low was 9 or 10, depending on who you talk to. Got my counterspace back in the laundry room to start my seeds, and just in time - the JL Hudson seed order arrived today - woohoo!
Wednesday, January 22, 2003Colder again, high was only 34, and the low was 16. Tomorrow the temperatures will probably get much worse, and remain cold for several days.
Tuesday, January 21, 2003A little cooler today - high was 48, low was 28, and we got a lttle rain - about 1/4" I think.
Monday, January 20, 2003Much nicer today - high was 58,low was 38. But more snow is expected later this week, along with bitterly cold temps.
Sunday, January 19, 2003High was 41, low was 16 today, so most of the remaining snow melted off. Another front is due in in a few days.
Saturday, January 18, 2003High was 26, low was 1. With the wind-chill it seemed much colder. The forecast for the next week or so doesn't look much better.
Friday, January 17, 2003Brrr. High was 25, low was 9. We got a little bit more snow today, but not enough to count, really.
Thursday, January 16, 2003Began snowing around 9:30 this morning, and we quickly accumulated 3-4".
Wednesday, January 15, 2003Cold but dry - high barely crept to freezing; overnight lows in the 20s. Supposed to snow tomorrow!
Tuesday, January 14, 2003Organized my "real" seedbox (as opposed to the virtual one); high was mid 40's; low around 20.
Monday, January 13, 2003Worked on my journal again; high was 34; low was 20. They're calling for snow by Thursday.
Saturday, January 11, 2003Chilly today - high was only 35, low was 22.
Friday, January 10, 2003Ordered the rest of my seeds today. Much cooler today - high was 40, low was 28.
Thursday, January 9, 2003High today was 64, low was 40. Colder weather is coming next week :(
Wednesday, January 8, 2003Very nice today - 62 for the high; 38 for the overnight low.
Tuesday, January 7, 2003This morning's low was 21 official/20 by my car. Very cold, brusque day, but tomorrow is supposed to be in the 60s. (Crazy weather!)
Got several new vegetable and cutting-garden books from the library, to start planning out a planting scheme for all these seeds!
Monday, January 6, 2003The kids went back to school today, so peace and quiet reined. High was 42; low was 30; tomorrow morning will be much colder, according to the news reports.
Sunday, January 5, 2003High today was 55; low was 40; it's supposed to be much colder tomorrow. Spent some more time going through the seed catalogs and making final selections. Now to get everything here and sown!
Saturday, January 4, 2003
Initial NoteHere I'll record the daily goings on in our garden, plus temperatures, rainfall, etc. In case I forget, here's the link to the NWS Nashville site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bna/climate.shtml
Saturday, January 4, 2003A lot colder today - we barely climbed above freezing (34 high/29 low). We did get some snow flurries around noon, but no accumulation. I think it's supposed to warm up slightly tomorrow, and perhaps into the 50s by early next week. Brrrr!
Thursday, January 2, 2003A bit cooler and rainier today - high was 47, low was 34. They're predicting snow tonight or tomorrow, although I don't think we'll get enough to write home about. Stayed inside and thumbed through the garden catalogs. What a great garden I've got planned in my mind!
Wednesday, January 1, 2003New Year's Day. High was 55, low was 42. It drizzled today, but otherwise was a nice day. I finally got busy and watered the plants in the greenhouse - I need to make sure I do this at least once a week, somehow coordinating with this month's notorious cold/fluctuating temps!