Monday, December 27, 2010
Xmas Snow1st time in over a hundred + years that we had a white Xmas in Atlanta. Xmas day it started raining around 4pm and by 6pm the temps dropped and it turned to snow. A heavy wet snow that accumulated about 1". Then by morning everything froze. It started to clear the next day on the roads but it is still cold. Nites mid 20's and days mid 30's. This is the earliest cold I have seen here. Hope it warms a bit or may lose some plants outside.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Cold cold coldTemps dropped into the 20's at nite and 30 for the hi. Tonight temps are going to be around 13 degrees. Brought in all plants questionable but am worried the Oriental Persimmon "Fuyu" may get frozen. I may try to wrap it. Previously have layered a good layer of shredded leaves to all garden areas as well as covering the pots with garlic.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Garlics Up, ShallotsGarlic has popped out in the planters. Haven't seen any sprouts from the Elephant Garlic planted in ground. Also bought 4 huge red shallots from the Farmer's Market. Planted them in a big white pot after incorporating bone meal and mushroom compost to see if they will produce or not.
Monday, November 8, 2010
1st Frost, Garlic, Clean Ups, Pansies1st light frost occurred 11/06 with a 2nd Killing Frost on 11/07. Temps got real cold this past starting Thursday with day temps in 50's and nights in the mid to low 30's. Unusual cold spell with a warming trend starting today. Cleaned all tubs of dead plants and incorporated mushroom compost, landscape mulch, bone meal and blood meal, then planted Chinese Pink and Italian Early Purple garlic. Also planted Elephant Garlic along the edge of the main tomato bed. Had to bring in ornamental peppers at night. Bought a 9-tray 3" pots of Violas and planted them in pots for the patio and a few in the tomato arbor after cleaning it up and tilling it.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
More Diggin, RainTilled the main tomato planting area (with my new tiller) and covered with shredded leaves and pine straw this past weekend. Also spread bone-meal, blood-meal and lime around the outside border for garlic planting. It started a gentle cool rain yesterday that carried overnight until today. The fishing worms are coming out of the ground so it must be saturated. Note that the tiller works great, easy to maneuver, fairly light weight and will dig deep if required.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Seed orderTotally Tomato Order Receipt
Order Confirmation Number: TT50251852
Order Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 12:16:40 PM
Quantity SKU Size Product Product Total
1 00149a Packet Bush Early Girl Hybrid Tomato $2.50
1 00509a Packet Mule Team Tomato $2.35
1 03065a Packet Orange Thai Pepper $2.45
1 07310a packet Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper $2.95
Thursday, October 28, 2010
It's About OverIt's coming to an end. Had some untypical hot weather for the past week. Temps in 80's lows 65-70's humid. But today it's blowing in some 70 days and 45-50 nites supposedly. Also had heavy thundershowers last 2 days. Needed it badly.
Prior to the rain last weekend I tilled the area along the fence and layed down some ground up leaves and covered with pine straw that was on before. Some onions that weren't picked from Spring have sprouted in spots. I also at the time of tilling planted some bulbs that were pulled but too small to eat. Maybe I'll grow some more onions for next Spring. All tomatoes are gone with the exception of the Homestead in the half barrel which still have nice sized green tomatoes turning. Have picked a few and ripened in the garage. Also Black Cherry on the arbor started to revive and produce more tomatoes. The eggplant is still growing and has a few black beauties on them. The eggplants were great this this year both the white and black that grew in the same planter. I picked about a hand full or two of Roma green beans last weekend. They are done though. But need to try these again next year. They were very good..no strings. Tomatoes were okay this year but not as good as some previous years. I think the stink bugs prevailed in rendering most of them inedible late in the season (August on). The Arkansas Traveler was a good tomato with fairly hi production. But I think that the early Spring rains and the summer drought contributed to the not so good harvest. Peppers are still putting out both the Carmen and Gypsy. Nardello started late but was in too much shade. The pepperoncini was abundant but I didn't pick them. Padrones had a nice bush and a sizeable amount of peppers. The ornamental Thai and other one ??? were beautiful.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Late EntriesRoses: Planted Ballerina and Lynnie on back hill below grape ardor and above other roses. They are doing well there. And Prestige del Belgarde in shed deck area. It bloomed twice but didn't put out the growth that the other two did. I still have 3 other roses in small pots (Werner von Blon, Paradise, Princess Josephine-Charlotte also known as Pink Triumph)and 2 other in the lg. pepper pots (Champney's Pink and Glamis Castle both have put out beautiful white to shell pink blooms). I need to get them in the ground but it's been too miserable hot dry deadpan ground to plant. I need to pull out Russellina and plant some else in its place as well as the Buffalo Gal. Denise already chopped out the rose against the house so she could paint the foundation but didn't touch Amelia which put out a beautiful Spring display.
Marigolds had self seeded from last year and got mixed with newly planted varieties. Couldn't tell the difference. I tried germinating the Odd Marigold twice but was unsuccessful.
I discovered that the Asian pear 20th Century was in fact a Bradford Pear. I plan to rip it out soon and replant with an Asian variety.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Still CoolTemps have been about 10 degrees lower than usual for this time of the year with days in the hi 60's and nites dipping into the lo 50's or hi 40's. Beautiful dry days. Some tomatoes made it through the summer: the cherries planted on the arbor, the Homestead in the gray tub and one of the pots of Jet Star on back beside grape arbor in green hill pot. They are green-white and some are turning pink. Foliage has improved. Peppers still ripening those fruits that were already existing. The small ornamental peppers in pots are beautiful. Eggplant is still maturing existing fruits.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tomato Grower\'s Exchange order rec\'dExplosive Ember 1 $ 3.10
Bush Champion VFFA Hybrid 1 $ 3.65
Big Beef VFFNTA Hybrid 1 $ 3.45
Bella Rosa VFFNA Hybrid - 1 $ 3.75
Better Bush VFN Hybrid 1 $ 2.75
Bush Beefsteak 1 $ 2.45
Bush Early Girl VFFNT Hybrid 1 $ 3.55
Jetsetter VFFNTA Hybrid 1 $ 3.25
New Big Dwarf 1 $ 3.05
Friday, October 1, 2010
Finally its FallThe weather heatwave/drought broke 3 days ago with an ushering in of cool air and pretty good rains for about 3 days off an on. Today it's mid 70 and 50 nites. Looking forward no more heat. Only trouble is that the days are shorter and its nearly dark at 7:15.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Hot and DrySince last entry no rain but hi dry heat. For the last week or two it has been in the mid 90's day/low 70's at night. The ground is so dry and hard it can't be worked. Tried sticking a fork in it to dig up some perennials and couldn't get it in even an inch. I have been watering the pots and trellis as wells as the peppers remaining in the main tomato area in hopes that some cool weather will blow in here. It is expected that mid 70's temp and rain will come in here this coming Sunday. Still got a few tomatoes in the 2 tubs and on the 3x3 trellis area; a few peppers and eggplants that I cooked up last night. Also the Romano pole beans are about 3' tall and climbing up one of the big tubs I planted them in at the last rain. Other than watering I haven't been doing much gardening.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Rain -FinallyThis past Saturday it began raining at 5:30 PM and lasted until the next morning. Then the Sun came out, temps and humidity dropped. Looks like this week coming is going tobe beautiful fall days with day temps 85~88 and nite temps 58~65. The rain was hard at times and soft. But after going out and trying to dig the garlic I noticed that the ground was not soaked and still hard about 6" down.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Garden TeardownRemoved all tomatoes in the main garden bed. Found peppers still alive, tall but still green and having peppers and blossoms. Let them remain and watered. Also remaining tomatoes on square trellis, but remove from fence line as well. Tom's in pots near grapevine have withered in spite of constant watering. Planted three bean seeds in each pot hoping they will climb up the fence support. Three tomatoes still in barrel and large pots. Green with small toms but are withering from the bottom. I think they are Homestead. Experiment in the home made hanging barrel didn't do too well. Small tomatoes and needing constant watering. Maybe too big of a tomato type. Toms were the size of ping pong balls even tho they were supposed to be Homesteads. The tumbling tom plants in the big pot produced nice plants with tons of blossoms but very little tomatoes. Strange, probably the heat. Had a few last couple days with day temps in the mid 80's and nites in the cool low 60's, with dry air. Beautiful fall days but aren't to remain as a southern flow of hot humid air is on the way this week, backing temps back into the 90's/70's. No rain for quite some time. everything is brown. Pots needing watered almost every day.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Odds/Ends/Status/BeansRec'd seed from Aug 11 order. Planted Romano pole beans in place of the old cucumber planter after removing cukes and debris. Also planted carrots in the center of the pot with the beans to the outside circle. Built a 6-7 foot trellis out of fencing and steel posts around the planter. Also yesterday planted some beans around the tomatoes in pots by the muscadine arbor. Put about three in each pot hoping they will climb up the tomatoes that are wilting.
Planted 3 roses in ground that were ordered this Spring.(Ballarina, Lynnie, Prestige de Belgarde). Some of the roses in pots aren't doing well. Had leaf drop and no vigor. Upon removing from the pots found the soil very wet. Moved the rest not planted in ground to a drier sunnier spot. Minimizing watering.
Weather is moderating somewhat in the low 90 high 80's but still humid and difficult to work in. Had a few showers not totaling more than an inch cumulative but enough to keep thinks alive... Most tomatoes are done except the two in barrels and the cherries on the trellis.. .Eggplant is still in good shape. Removed the old fruits, fertilized with 10-10-10 and keeping watered. Peppers are producing but something is eating holes in them.... This year has been a disaster due to the early high temps and humidity as well as blight and leaf footed bugs that I have never seen so much of.
Also previously about a week ago seeded some lettuce in pots and just transplanted the seedlings in a pot. Seem to have caught on well.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
StatusWell it hasn't rained since last entry. Have been watering on a daily basis to keep things alive but am losing ground. Additionally the heat spell has been 95+ since the beginning of July and hasn't let up. In ground tomato leaves are dry and crinkly with the exception of the tops of the plants. They do have fruit but they are cracked, pierced by leaf-footed bugs. I haven't noticed any whiteflies or aphids this year at least to any extent. The tomatoes in pots that I planted late are bearing. I have been dusting with Sevin to keep the bugs away. Don't know if it's working or not. Some of the fruit is rotting but don't know why other than it being so hot. No let up in site for the next week. Most every gardner I know has pulled up their plants.
Seeded the "odd marigold" and some lettuce seed this past weekend.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Seed OrderSustainable Seed Co. had a dollar sale so I ordered some seed for next year since I can't find my seed bag that I either misplaced or accidentally threw away.
Rutgers Tomato Seeds $0.99
Homestead Tomato Seeds $0.99
Marglobe Tomato Seed $0.99
Arkansas Traveler Dry Farm Line $2.99
Floradade Tomato Seeds $0.99
Beefsteak Tomato Seeds $0.99
Black Beauty Zucchini Squash $1.00
Scallop Early White Bush Squash Seed $1.00
Lucullus Chard Seeds $1.00
Straight Eight Cucumber Seeds $1.00
Black Beauty Eggplant $1.00
Premier Kale Seed $0.50
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce $1.00
Ruby Lettuce Seeds $1.00
Romano Pole Bean $1.25
Larkspur Giant Imperial $1.00
Scarlet Sage $1.00
Shasta Daisy $1.00
Bachelor Button $1.00
Shipping cost: $5.25
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Rain FinallyWell finally got a downpour for about an hour of good heavy rain. Trouble is the ground is so hard and dry that it the water probably didn't penetrate too deep. It's probably too late. Most of the tomato plants Spring planted are shriveling and have reduced production. Cherry tomatoes are still putting out fruit but have slowed down as well. With temps in the 95 range and nites 77-80 it's almost over. I did plant tomatoes for fall Jet Star, Black Cherry, Homestead but they are suffering from blight and are losing vegetation from the bottom of the plant altho they are producing tomatoes. In fact I picked 3 tomatoes fro Jet Star. All other vegetables have come to a halt as well. I guess it's time to dig everything up and start thinking about fall garden.
Need to seed Candy onion for fall plants. Also planted some seed from the "ODD Marigold" to see if I can reproduce the original flower.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Status-Ark TravHave started picking Ark. Trav. in hi production. Good production so far and great taste. Have noticed the sink bug and some other gnawing creature. Large tomatoes.
Hi heat for the past week or two has necessitated watering in ground plants every other day and potted plants daily. Eggplants, have picked about 5 so far both purple and white. Nice plants in big white planter. Also have been picking Black Cherry and Gardner's Delight for the past 2 weeks. Everything seems to be at it's peak. Peppers have been dismal except for the pepperocini which I have picked about 8 so far and there is about 8 left.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
StatusNo rain for about 3 weeks. Things getting really dry. Have been hand watering containers daily and in ground plants about every other day. Picked 2 more Arkansas Travelers and many Gardner's Delight and Black Cherry. Also have picked eggplant and cuke (Sumter). Put a trellis up behind the square planters with Jet Star in front of the Muscadine grapes. Nice healthy plants about 2' tall so far. Also pulled out the Jet Stars in the barrel and replanted with a homestead I think or a Jet Star. Also picked a couple peppers (Carmen, Gypsy) and sauteed them this weekend. They have been overrun with the tomatoes. Nardello's were ripe but were eaten by bugs. Have notice small stinkbugs but not too rampant yet.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
First Arkansas TravelerPicked first tomato off of Ark Trav, but it was way ahead of the rest. Maybe another week. First Alerts are about finished...am waiting to replace with Homestead seedling. Gardner's Delight and Black Cherry have already put out quite a few fruits and are continuing. The plants are at the height of the top of the arbor. Got about 5-6 Sumter cukes. The bush cuke planted amidst the cherry tomatoes has a few young fruits but haven't piked any yet. Sumter is a nice cuke...plant this one again. Both eggplant varieties have satrted putting out fruit. Should be ready in another couple days. Have been watering almost everyday as the temps have been in the 95days/70nights. It's been dry as well with no rain in the last 2 weeks.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Homestead Tomatoes/StatusPotted remaining Homestead tomatoes in various pots except one which will replace the plantings of Red Alert which are about done. Incorporated about an inch of mushroom compost and organic fertilizer into existing soils. Also last weekend I made a hanging pot out of a 5 gal container with three holes drilled in the sides and put 3 Homestead tomatoes. Filled with MG potting mix and a little organic fertilizer.
Have picked about 4 cukes (Sumpter). Nice blocky 4-5" fruits. Eggplants are starting to form on healthy plants, both black and white in one pot. Temps have been around 95 with hi humidity for the last 5 days and no let up in site. It's hot almost watering everyday or at least every other day for bigger pots.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Choc Cherry/Cukes/Hot HumidPicked a few Choc Cherry this weekend. Can't tell when they are ripe. But they tasted good. Also have been picking Red Alert. Picked Sumter Cuke. Nice blocky shaped about 4-5" long and about 1-2" diameter. Whew it was hot and humid this weekend 95 temp with 80% humidity. Had to cut grass and trim. Supposed to be this way all the coming week. Eggplants plants are humongous. Getting blossoms.
Peppers (Carmen, Gypsy) have been overrun with Ark Traveler tomatoes. The others in pots are tall and lanky, not doing too well. The thought to be Rutgers I planted can't be Rutgers. They are very tall and the tomatoes have a slight scallop.
I think there is a mix up either in the seed pack or when I labeled them. The plant almost looks like Earl's Faux in size. The marigolds (Bolero, Naughty Marietta) are beautiful. I planted them among the tomatoes, in the front border, in pots. Alot came up from last years plantings along the fenced border.
Friday, June 11, 2010
New Rose Purchase Euro Desert RosesBig sale 8.95/rose with $10 shipping at EuroDesertRoses.com. Ordered:
"Princess Josephine-Charlotte", also know as "Pink Triumph", Polyantha.
Bloom: Light pink. None to mild fragrance. Small, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered, cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. "Werner von Blon", a shrub mauve or purple blend, moderate fragrance.
"Lynnie", Shrub. Pink. Strong, deep hot pink. Moderate, opinions vary fragrance. Medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), in small clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Height of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm). Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm). Kim L. Rupert (2001). 2 favorite votes. Phenomenal disease resistance, nearly thornless and always in flower. "Paradise", Hybrid Tea / Large-Flowered. bloom:Mauve or purple blend. Strong, rose fragrance. 25 to 30 petals. Average diameter 4.5". Double (17-25 petals) bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. "Prestige de Bellgarde". Floribunda / Cluster Flowered, Polyantha. Bloom:Red. None / no fragrance. up to 45 petals. Average diameter 3.25". Medium to large, full (26-40 petals) bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Habit:Height of 28" to 32" (70 to 80 cm).
Monday, June 7, 2010
Tomato Plantings, Garlic Harvest, Tomato Hanger, StatusHarvested all garlic. Early Italian Purple were some nice sized cloves. Chinese Pink were so-so. Hosed them off and after drying outside hung them up in the shed.
Planted 4 Jet Stars from earlier seedings in place of the garlic planters after incorporating mushroom compost, Organic Fertilizer (chicken manure). Mulched with landscape amendment. Made a hanging tomato planter of 5 gal bucket which 3 holes drilled on 1" and cut out a little more with a box cutter. Also drilled a hole for bottom drainage. Filled with Miracle-Gro potting mix and Organic Fertilizer. Planted 3 Homestead tomatoes purchased from Home Depot. Watered and put the lid on. Also planted the remaining six pack of Homestead's in various locations and pots.
Have been picking Red Alert tomatoes at about 4-5 per day since the first one. Consider this for hanging pots and small plantings in ground. Also picked the first Gardner's Delight although it could have ripened another day or two. All other tomatoes no signs of ripening yet. Eggplant plants are healthy and robust. Re-potted Italian Parsley and Genovese Basil into the small wooden planters and placed in grapevine area. Cut back onion chives and fed with organic fertilizer.
Also the squash plants have taken off and are blossoming. I see a pickle on the cuke (Sumter) planted in the big green plastic planter.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Fire Blight - Apples/PearsSevere fire blight on the newly planted dwf. Royal Gala apple and the apple by the pagoda area. The pagoda apple seems to be recovering but the Royal Gala is deteriorating rapidly. Also had fire blight on the Oriental pears but not as severe. It mat have something to do with the fertilization this spring I performed followed by heavy rains. Don't fertilize!!!
First time the hydrangeas bloomed Blue along the pagoda area. Massive blooms. I didn't cut them this Spring which is probably what I was doing wrong. Also I added aluminum sulfate this spring.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
1st Ripe TomatoPicked 5 tomatoes fro "Red Alert" from the barrel. They were the size of Roma's, in clusters. Looks like more on the way. Nice salad type. No other varieties appear to be ripening yet.
NOTE: Peppers planted in the tomato bed have been overrun with tomato vines. It's not a good idea to plant them this way. About the most space affordable in this bed is maybe onions or garlic.
Cucumbers are looking good, both varieties. Eggplants have beautiful foliage. I planted "Black Beauty" and "White Ghost" in the same 7 gal pot. Potatoes planted in pots have withered. I'll try diggin them up. Also pulled some of the "Chinese Pink" garlic up out of the pot and replanted with a "Jet Star" tomato started earlier. I plan to put more tomatoes to replace the rest of the garlic which is near harvest. I also planted a cherry tomato (unknown either Black Cherry or Gardner's Delight) in the 10 gal pot under the grape harbor after pulling a bunch of different types of garlic up.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Mom PassedLeft for Jacksonville early May 24. Got there 10 minutes too late. Stayed the week. Came back following Sunday. All plants survived but needed watering in pots. Lost the cilantro.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Cool weather/StatusIt got cool almost too cold for this time of the year. Nites dropped to the low fifties to high 40's with day temps 70. Some in-ground peppers show signs of stunting but are alright. All Spring planted seedlings have been planted including ornamentals. Still have some daisies and Jet Star tomato seedlings for later planting. Bought Black Beauty and White eggplant standard sized fruit to put in pots. Transplanted now into 1 gal nursery pots until growth picks up. Planted some petunias bought from WalMart this weekend into hanging baskets (bought new coir inserts and reused old baskets) along with purple Calibrocha.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Apple Problem/RainGetting die back on blossom and stem. Had a good bloom but all blooms have shriveled and died back on the yellow apple by the pagoda. Suspect maybe too much rain and I fertilized in the spring with 10-10-10.
Well we sure got the rain about 4" started misting then light and then boom. All plantings appear to have really perked up including the newly planted seedlings. Anticipated good weather the next 4-5 days of mid 80's/60's sunny and dry.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Seedling PlantingsMore seedingsPlanted the Bolero and Naughty Marietta Marigolds started from seed in the front yard invarious locations. Seedlings were about 6" tall with good foliage and healthy. Also planted Cosmos and Echinacea around mailbox border.
Weather has been dry and warm. Needed rain is expected tomorrow. All plants are doing well. Started some more tomato, "Jet Star" and Basil "Genovese" in 3" peat pots last week and they are merging.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Seedling PlantingsPlanted in ground Hyssop, Agastache, and Echinacea on back hill.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Weeding/Mulching/PlantingThis weekend I weeded the tomato beds/containers and mulched with wheat straw.
Also mulched the roses with the same. Planted 4 Bolero marigolds in the 3x3' bed. Also allowed some of the marigold volunteers from last years plants to grow among the tomatoes in the fenced border.
Also re-potted some overgrown marigold seedlings and echinacea seedlings into peat pots. The rest of the seedlings need transplanted but finding the time is the problem. Everything planted in ground seems to be doing well, even the peppers even though the night temps have dropped to the high 40's with days in the mid 70's. Dumped all the old soil from pots in the front and enriched with cow manure and soil builder. Used it to plant newly purchased impatiences and petunias in pots for the front areas.
Blooming is the lilac planted over the back hill. The Cornelia rose, Russelina and rugosas are just starting their blooms. Apple trees are in full bloom. Plums have completed their blooms but I see no fruits. There was no frost so it must be a pollination problem, but don't see how as Green Gage is supposed to be self fertile and lord knows we have had enough wing. The Stanley didn't bloom out this Spring but think next year it will creating a cross pollination of the two plums not to mention the Damson planted this year in the front hard. Come to think of it I didn't see a lot of bees when the plums were blooming.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Pepper, Tomato, Potato, Onion Plantings, Cuke seedingsPlanted in ground 4 Homestead and Earl's Faux tomatoes and 3 Gypsy, 3 Carmen and 2 Nardello peppers in that order starting from the right in the main tomato bed. Spaced them about 14" apart except for the Nardellos which were about 30". Of the tomatoes planted above 3 Homestead and 1 Earls was planted along the fenced with the previously planted Rutgers. 2 Earl's and 1 Homestead were planted in the main bed in the following manner after the 4 Arkansas Travelers from right to left: Earls, Homestead, Earls. Also planted Aji Dulce, Pepperoncini and Padron peppers in white pots on back of the hill. Previously plantings of tomatoes are doing well even though the temps dropped to the mid 40's a couple nights. But weather is nice now with mid-70's/50's. And even tho I said I wasn't gonna do it I planted some ol' potatoes that had sprouted and put them in pots. Planted last weekend Candy Onions in the main tomato bed along the edge. Also seeded Sumter in big green pot and Salad Bush in 3x3 bed center.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Heat/Plantings, Fig PrunedTemps soared this weekend to mi 80's and dry with night temps hi 60's. Too hot after cool weather. Planted in ground: Black Cherry, Gardner's Delight in 3' square pergola and 4 Arkansas Travelers in the lower hill bed and 3 Rutgers along the fence border and 3 Red Alert in the big tub and 3 Tumbling Tom in the other pot. Worried about keeping enough water on the seedlings during mid day heat so I put them in ground. Temps are supposed to cool Wednesday with some rain.
Pruned the big fig and removed some main branches.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Ballerina Rose/Seedlings/Peach Prune/Damson PlumReceived from Heirloom Roses, Ballerina. Was in a 2" square pot by 6-7" tall. Plant received in good condition, green leaves, no disease, healthy foilage about 5" tall above the pot line.
All pre-planted seeds of tomato and peppers are doing fine. About 97% germination and most are planting size with the exception of "Craig's Faux". I was keeping them outside this past weekend but weather turned nasty cool and wet Monday and is expected to stay in the 60's/40's through the oncoming week. A little too cool to put in ground yet. So I have them back under lights. A few plants that are in jiffy 7's are outside on the bench under the aquarium and seem to be doing well. Gave a bunch of extra's to Ross, mostly the cherry types.
Root pruned the June peach and repotted in the same pot with fresh soil. Pruned to one main branch.
Also planted about 2 weeks ago a Damson Plum ordered from Stark. Planted it in the area of the first and dead Jap Persimmon (Ichi).
Friday, March 12, 2010
Status`Weather: finally started to moderate to spring temps 55-60days, 40-50 nites.
All previously seedings are up and putting out 2nd leaves with the exception of "Earl's Faux" tomato received from Earl at Tomatoville. But I just planted the seeds in coir last week.
Last week I moved "Red Canadice" grapevine that was in the white tub to the corner of the wooden fence that I finished building.
Planted the "Saturn" peach ordered from Stark in a tub near the wooden fence. Cleaned the area up in the new wooden fence area. Moved the lambs tounges (red) onto the back yard hill (3). Planted "Wildeve" in that area too.
Moved the lost daylilies from the other side of the fence to various border areas.
Planted about 18 "Granex" onion plants, from Walmart, along the fence border. Also planted a potted parsley plant into a pepper pot. (It isn't worth seeding parsley...it takes too long to germinate and mature for replanting.) Pruned "Queen Elizabeth" rose and the grape trellis. I need to prune the big fig tree.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tomato SeedingsSeeded 4 Abe Lincoln(yellow), 4 Jet Star (red), Paul Robeson (green) today.
Summary of plantings to date:
2/15: Arkansas Traveler, Black Cherry, Gardener's Delight
2/07: Winter Sowed: Magnus, Pink Parasol, Johnny Jump-Up, Radio, Naughty Marietta, Hysop, Agastache, HollyHock, Parma Blue pansy.
2/06: Gypsy, Carmen, Numex, Itakian Sweet, Poinsettia.
2/01: Temptation Strawberry, Krausa Parsley
1/31: Aji Dulce, Giant Thai, Arbol, Padron, Pepperoncini, Nardello.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Bed Prep/ RosesIt was warm this weekend 60's. Got out and prepped the beds. Didn't till or dig...just spade fork loosened soil and added epsom salts, bone meal and limestone. Raked off the leaves and ground up with the lawn mower then added them back to the beds. Tons of worms popping up. Most of the veggie trimmings added this winter were dissolved.
Planted the roses that were in pots. I have to record the locations.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
More Seedings/Brrr Still ColdSeeded 4 tomatoes each of Arkansas Traveler, Black Cherry and Gardners Delight in Jiffy 7's. It's still cold. Had 4-5 inches of snow dumped Friday-Saturday past. Melted Sunday but turned colder nites still in mid 20's and days lucky to reach 40's. The Starwberries have all germinated as have the peppers but the parsley hasn't.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Seedlings are up/ Winter SowingsSeeds of peppers sown on 2/1 and Temptation Strawberry are breaking the surface. The heat mat does decrease germination.
Also winter sowed Marigolds: "Naughty Marietta", Last year Marigold seed in Chinese take out plates w/covers and 4" square pots of Hyssop, Calendula "Radio Extra", "Magnus" and "Pink Parasol" echinacea, Viola: "Johnny Jump Up", "wittrockiana", "Karma Blue". Placed outside for Spring sprouting.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Gypsy/Carmen SeedingsSowed 4 gypsy, 4 carmen, 4 Numex, 4 Italian Frying peppers in Jiffy 7's in Jiffy 7 mini-trays underlights.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Pepper seedingsSeeded 1 doz J-7's with variety of peppers: 2 Aji Dulce, 2 Pepperoncini, 2 Thai Hot, 2 Chili Arbol, 2 Poinsettia and 2 Padrone.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Strawberry/Parsley seedingSeeded 6Jiffy seven peat tabs with "Temptation" strawberry and placed on heat pad under lights. Also seeded 6 other J-7s with Parsley.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturn Peach orderOrdered 1 Dwf Saturn Peach from Stark at 14.95 plus 7.00 shipping. Supposed to ship in February.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Value Seed order rec'd.Hyssop, Calendula "Radio Extra", Marigold "Naughty Marietta", "Black Cherry" tomato seed, "Magnus" and "Pink Parasol" echinacea, Viola: "Johnny Jump Up", "wittrockiana", "Karma Blue".
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Seeds Received Totally TomatoesFrom Totally Tomato: Chocolate Cherry Tomato, Carmen Hybrid and Gypsy Hybrid Peppers, Watermelon Radish, Temptation Strawberry Seed. Also 1 bunch Candy Hybrid Onion Plants (60-75plants) ordered on 12/28/09 to be sent for fall planting (September).
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Still ColdTemps not getting above 32 daytime and nights into the low teens. Suppose to continue for another 3-4 days. Having fear about frost freeze on Persimmon and figs. All other plants in containers are inside the gargage or shed including the olive.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Ballerina RoseOrdered from Heirloom on Dec 31, 2009. to be shipped on March 10, 2010. Ordere charge $14.41at time of shipment plus an additional $9 shipping charge which brougt the total to $23. A little too expensive for a small plant.
Sunday, January 3, 2009
ColdTemps are dropped to the low 20's last night. Daytime temps to be in the mid 30's for the next 4days. It's cold and I hope it doesn't kill the fig. Brought the olive and all plants indoors except for the roses.
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