Viewing sallyg's Garden Diary: 2006
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
seeds 2014texas bluebonnets came up on shelf in basement.,no special treatment. amaranths Hot Biscuit sprouting like crazy and sent the rest of seed to typwc. lettuce two kinds fresh from Lowes Burpee rack sported and growing. tonight planted Cherokee and German tomatoes, Forest Fire salvia, Nicotiana Only the Lonely, cotton
planted spinach seed two weeks ago on a warm day, now we have snow again, its been a very cold winter with frequent snowfall.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
fall 2013I spent hours fiddling with plants and loving it. More work redoing the front bed, similar in concept to what ssgardener is starting. I moved hostas into mine from the area in back which now will be sunny not shady;, and got narcissus Capree Elizabeth planted,; planted GItas iris in two clumps; planted a sweet box from somebody in swap a couple years ago,; moved some big clumps of var. Liriope; dug up wandering petasites and planted it to fill a bed in a shady wet spot; got some tropicals ready for winter, brought most things inside; potted a couple more things for light shelf. phew.
Tuberoses- did not bloom but had lots of new buds so I potted them to keep on light shelf.
'ginger' tropical- potted two small hunks and put the rest in bag with soil- dormant?
dr seuss- still blooming brought into bedroom.
Friday, March 29, 2013
list of natives for MD by region//www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/nativesmd/lists.htm
Monday, March 25, 2013
Scott s pot of wildflowersDecided to help him out and added:
Dwf red coreopsis
Have a hundred seedlings of one of those and one of another…
Ended up being mostly def red coreopsis, bloomed midsummer then dried up?
Friday, March 8, 2013
potatoes 2013Planted potatoes from the grocery store, in bags of leaves. They were all sprouted well. I stood up the bags and worked a hole down the core of the leaves, put one or two taters down in the hole. I just read that the new taters all form on the side shoots of the rising stems. Then added scoop of dirt in each. Stood them in the garden where the shade of the shed hits every afternoon.
Friday, March 8, 2013
indoor seeds 2013Pumpkin pepper- 2 of each pot ot 3 are doing well
Aunt Jewels tomato
Marigold mexican tarragon
got some sprouts in each now
Sunday, February 17, 2013
cold sowingSown today in cells or four packs
Brent's perennial salvia
Verbascum blattaria Moth Mullein yellow
Bleeding heart pink
Isotoma axillaris 'Avant Garde Blue'
Also some carryover cell from last year LOL
Saturday, February 9, 2013
more indoor seedsParsley Gigante 2012,, 4 pack, several seeds each; germ begins 2-20
Pumpkin Pepper eggplants, two pots three each. germ begins 2-17
yellow Datura up to seven plants.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Freeze in JanuaryHad a week of hard freeze, days and night below freezing down to teens at night and some wind. The tatsoi, radishes, and komatsuna quite freeze-burned. THe spinach is NOT freeze-burned looking.
THe radishes would have done better planted earlier, say early Sept not in October. Tatsoi and komat need to be harvested before really hard freeze, but the plants themselves I think will survive.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
UpdateGarlic still lasting about six nice heads left, the biggest head was two full ounces.
Sweet potatos yielded pretty well but many slim- not sure if this is the best use of the space.
PLanted radishes, chard or beets, and komatsuna on 10 11 12. Starting to pull a couple radishes and clip some small komatsuna. Poor germ on the saved beet/chard seed.
Spinach a 4 by 8 bed planted a week or so later when I found I had left the big packet in the rain. It sprouted well and leaves are just now getting over an inch or so. Should have started a bit earlier on all these. I had waited to dig sweet potatos.
Poetry on the pile thread
Gita wishes me appear
And grant thou poetry soft and sweet
But truth be told my time is dear
And so I tarry, with cold feet
It's not that words I lack
You may have seen my writings else
But housework on my back
Cooking, house cleaning - (ew what smells?)
Get me to the pile so dark
Its fragrant breath of aerobics
To loads of leaves and s#it I hark
When once they cook, I tend and mix
So in my precious time
I grant these thoughts to you
Hope you enjoy the rhyme
And have your own dear aerobes too.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
MiscPotato top tomatos a total bust. Planted where strawberries were. Strawberiies never got any bigger either so ripped half out. Garlic did great , sweet ptotato look awesome, squash a bust (too shady?) spinach was fabulous and productive. cream pease gangbusters, green beans fair, cukes croaked, okra good but need more area to pick more than 2 - 4 at a time. Asparagus coming along gave a heavy layer of compost in august.
Plum tree grown amazingly and have not properly pruned it. Peach dropped / lost all fruit again- drought , squirrels. Blueberries just about to ripen when we left for vaca so we gave them all to the birds this year. Fig had eight, I ate two, lost the rest to ants etc. Raspberries looking pretty sad. Maybe they've just been way too long in that spot.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
garlicI planted mine early October and the tops all fell a few weeks ago- I guess that adds up to the same growing time. I pulled mine then. I'll def plant garlic again this fall!
"Elephant garlic gets about 3 feet tall and needs 5 inches of space all around to mature properly. Plant it 4-5 inches deep."
Wednesday, May 30, 2012donnerville wrote:Spent more than 20 hours in the garden this past weekend. Got a lot done, but there is at least another 2 weekends worth of hard work before the garden is ready for mulching :-(. Can anybody tell me if a garden is ever perfect like those we see on TV and in magazines? My garden is in a constant state of disorder. Some parts of it are always new and bare while other parts are overgrown and need redone.
The weather was HOT, no matter now much white I was wearing. LOL. Here is a prayer from a devoted gardener for a better weather:
"O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day, say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning, but, you see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in, grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, helianthemum, lavender, and the others which you in your infinite wisdom know are drought-loving plants - I will write their names on a bit of paper if you like - and grant that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not, for instance, on spiraea, or on gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron), and not too much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no plant-lice and snails, no mildew, and there once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen."
--- Karel Capex
This message was edited May 29, 2012 8:15 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wintersowing trialFilled a large foil pan with four pack cells. Planted lots of columbine, and some asorted seeds from 2011 swap. Then watered it placed in garden by the spirea and covered all with translucent plastic bin that goes over the whole thing.
Update- May- Got a bunch of Monarda, some columbines, cleome, and even one very tiny Heuchera just popped up. Worked kind of OK tho dried out more than I expected.
Also today raked leaves off the dogwood bed and planted the remainder scattered of several packets of columbine from previous swaps. Let's pretend I will try to make this primarily columbines. Mom would like it.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
updateThe plum looks great, except for beetles eating all over the leaves. Asiatic beetles have been a horror on that, peach, chrysanthemoms of all kinds, potato leaves...
Limbaugh Legacy Potato Top. One died from blight, the other gave me some great big and wonderful tasting tomatos!
Camp Joy- Heritage cherry, good
Champion II- Salady size tomatos, good but nothing special IMHO. resisted blight
Aunt Jewels german tomato from locust- noid, huge incredibly beefy, saved seeds
Boston Pickling cuke- did great!!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Plum treeSanta Rosa plum semi dwarf from Lowes, $20 for birthday last week. On unpotting it we found seven inches of buried stem and all the roots had been chopped off at about five inches off the trunk. Imagine someone planting this and not pruning. Even with the major prune I know I need it is looking iffy. I think we should expect to spend more money on another plum for my birthday in late Sept cuz this one likely will be dead. If it lives that long we could still get another plum and put it back by the shed.
We planted it in the raspberry bed and I moved three raspb. clumps to the back of the veg bed.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
amaryllis by doc" MA Amaryllis thread
"We will not get outside with it until the April weather settles into a safe Spring temperature pattern. When outside we continue by setting the bulb in open soil with organic compost and fertilizer feeding. Then we watch the rain and add water to equal an inch a week with our teas too. We let it have the whole safe summer and fall. Take it in ahead of any night time temperature below fifty degrees. The watering and feeding stops immediately. Dead leaves follow and are removed. It gets stored in a fifty degree room for six weeks then brought up and re-potted for next year's bloom. "
Sunday, February 13, 2011
WintersowedMonarda, vernonia, woodruff, lobelia Queen Victoria, solidago Golden Fleece, dodecatheon, heuchera
all sown in milk jugs outside, previously columbine
Can't find snowdrops anywhere
Saturday, February 12, 2011In dmap coffe filters and cold today:
In pots under lights:
Lettuce- two kinds
Parsely- two kinds
Coleus Sonatina Scarlet Yellow- Johnnys sale- all, 50
Chives medium leaf, jill
Note- I again did a pot of leftover little dafs just like last year. and again hoped for much more than was realistic. They grew some green and have stopped.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
blackstrap molasses[[email protected]]
Monday, February 15, 2010
Forced halfpint daffs.; datura seedForced leftover daffs (half pint) Potted in fall, left on deck inside a box and bag, opnened on Jan 17th, had one bloom Feb 10. So little leftover bulbs are hardly worth it. I ditched one pot so I could reuse the pot and dirt for the geranium I held over in the basement. Trimmed it, potted, Feb 14th.
Datura seeds, a dozen each color, planted 1-17 and put on light stand mildly warmed. By Feb 14 there are three sprouted in one color and one in the other. Still time.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Misc quotes Chantell posted
Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses
There is more pleasure in making a garden than in contemplating a paradise.
A garden is the best alternative therapy.
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
Gardening is any way that humans and nature come together with the intent of creating beauty.
A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.
Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.
Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.
To dwell is to garden.
When the world wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.
A garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.
Monday, March 30, 2009
updatesBeaucoup yellow daturas have sprouted! Today I poked the 3 inch pot of seedlings apart into a 6 inch pot, and pulled 6 of them out into a sixpack. We'll see how they do.
Where Redwing was, is bleeding hearts. May 08 swap
Only see one G. pratense so far. G macrorhi looks super.
Parsley sprouted in jug about 3-23.
Wintersweets, many are sprouting on the cool shelf in basement.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Jill's picture of city primrosesGreat counterpoint of bright flowers to hard brick and stone- used in my article "Pansy versus Primrose, my March madness." Thanks, Jill.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009plnted 12 wintersweet seeds. Pot, basement, didn't check requirments tra la la.
Later --all sprouted quickly! By June I am whittled down to four , in the garden. By fall, they have six to ten leaves each and are up to eight inches I guess
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
seeds in jugsThre more WS jugs to put on the step edge by the railing.
Calendula Pacific beauty
orange butterfly flower asclepias tuberosa
purple millet-doc or miata
Scarlet star glory Ipomoea coccinea critter
Lavender munstead 2000
armeria bees 2007 valuseeds
carnation giant 2007 vs
aster spider chrysanthemum 2007 vs
alyssum royal carpet 2004
gomphrena strawberry fields 2007 pinetree
jewels of opar 2007 ?
Dahlberg daisy 2000
So we shall see. Yesterday moved Redwing Vib to more sun back there and thinned iris and put them around it. Label stuck in its old spot which I've already forgotten if I planted anything there- I don't think so!! Can't tell if Geranium pratense is still there, threw the old chaff around the spot just in case. Columbines sprouting. Had big vole tunnel under Bigroot geranium- mothballed it. Voles in blueberries, ammonia'ed them. Put some cheap wildflower seed out there too, and old painted daisy seed from Longaberger/ Emily.. Some other cheap wildflower seed by the white rose.
Got some purple phlox from wildflower mix by the bleeding heart. G pratense is fine and dandy. Have just moved G mac to front by sidewalk.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Blown awayI almost was...sheesh! It's so windy!! But I wanted to get some outside time while it wasn't so cold. I got some columbine seeds planted out to see if they'll sprout this year, and in my open cold frame I planted some old poppies that need dark to sprout so I covered with a black perforated 'flat'
Also put out some purple millet, shredded umbrella, lions ear, lions tail (I suspect those two are the same actual plants), digitalis--some swapped seed. Things I either think are old and may not come up so I don't want to devote indoor space to, or have just as good a chance coming up at their own schedule in my sheltered place.
All the outdoor amaryllis seem OK, not mushy. Am debating moving azalea from SUe, and locust saplings. and blueberries.Must at least cut down devils walkingstick and remove sprouts. Move passion vine. Make new trellis for it around oil tank.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
low temp4 degrees at BWI this AM. amaryllis mulched with pine needles. Canna varioua amounts of debris,wood mulch, or leaf bagss on top of them. We'll see! Its been a cold week and will continue.
Update: very few cannas have come back, even with that cover.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Manure burn question, answer from HorseshoePost #6008971
"Horseshoe-- you mention nitrogen burn,,and rabbit poo is supposed to be higher than horse in N...so why does everybody say rabbit is OK fresh and horse has to age? I am tempted to wonder if there are old (farmer's) wives tales about the N burn"
Mornin', Folks. Good question, Sally. The answer(s) doesn't tend to necessarily lie in the amount of N in the poo all the time but also on how fast/slow it dries or stabilizes. Horse poop is considered a wet manure and is quicker to go into fermentation. During fermentation (unless "pit fermented") phosphine gas is given off and it is that gas that has been shown to have negative effects on plants. Add to that the fact that horse plops are much bigger than rabbit pellets they tend to hold moisture much longer, contributing to a heat/breakdown (similar to a nice compost pile heating up). Rabbit pellets, being small and individual tend to dry much faster (meaning no excessive heat buildup per pellet) and also contributing to the fact that they can be more easily spread thinly throughout your garden, not in big clumps (or biscuits) like horse dollops. (Don't ya just love the many different ways of describing poop!?)
As a quick disclaimer, often seen in many articles/books, and now websites, yes it is considered a good thing to compost "all" manures before adding them to your garden as an extra safety precaution, especially the "hot" ones (horse, chicken come to mind). However, for me and apparently quite a few others, rabbit (as well as goat berries) have never shown a negative side-effect when I've used them in the garden for the past several decades.
A quick note on chicken poop, remember that chickens use only one "chute" for both poop and urine (called the cloaca for those of you interested). Urine, (much higher in N than manure regardless of the animal) is mixed in with the poop; this not only increase the N content but increases the amount of moisture in the poop, again causing it to initially heat up faster and at a high temperature. Definitely use aged chicken poop, and use it sparingly for best results.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/916296/A very interesting thread about root know nematodes and using mustard powder to deter them. RKN make bumps on roots. Cuke, bell peppers are very susceptible! I always have trouble with those items.
Get a pound of regular mustard powder and use it generously in the planting holes and on top.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
spray for indoor plantstapla
Bay City, MI
October 16, 2008
The residue is honeydew - the excreta from assorted pests - aphids, scale, whitefly, mealybug ...
I dose/spritz my plants 2 weeks before they come in, and again JUST before they come in with a mix of:
1 pint rubbing alcohol
1 pint very hot water
1 tsp pure, cold-pressed neem oil
3-4 drops Murphy's oil soap
Add neem & soap to hot water & shake well. Add alcohol. Spritz plants thoroughly, covering all surfaces - especially underside of leaves & leaf axils. Be sure to shake vigorously as you use the spritzer to keep the neem mixed with the solution. Works great - the neem oil renders all the insects it contacts unable to complete metamorphosis or reproduce, while the alcohol provides reasonable knock-down for current generations.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
schoolI don't think I'm the only Mid At person who pretends that she/he can actually pursue a garden hobby with children living in the same house. It is easier to pretend at the moment because mine have gone back to school!! Weee! and my oldest is driving them Double Weee!!! They left at 755 am today Triple Weeee!
Now I may not be singing this song quite so loudly once the homework load hits, but at least I have some time to dig, write, photograph, read gardening.
School has overall been much more time consuming and stressful for me as a parent, more than I ever thought it would be, more than I remember it being. Loads of homework. Obscure math concepts at young ages.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
getting leadworttucsonjill sending it
Uodate 9-06-09 It looked touch and go for a time, but the leadwort came back to life this spring and has grown into a patch about 15 inches across, and has been blooming the most beautiful blue for several weeks now!! How did I get along without it?
Terry's PF note says never move it in fall, only spring, so I was lucky I guess, but will take the advice.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
reading KaramazovSallyg...diving in is difficult! There are passages in The Brother's Karamazov which are little self-contained stories however.
Mitya's Dream is the shortest (Mitya is the implusive, passionate brother). Ivan Karamazov's "The Grand Inquisitor", the most famous. That's on the net all over the place. Only a few pages long. Something to check out to see if one wants to bother with the book at all.
Guess I'll continue to postpone reading Harry Potter...
In Scifi I really do not like Isaac Asimov. Too officious.
Philip K. Dick however is hiliarious (rare in Sci-fi). Right up with Mark Twain as the greatest American humorist. Can't pick out which I like best. "A Scanner Darkly", "Radio Free Albemuth", "Valis" and "The Divine Invasion "would be the top three...oops...that is four...but then there is "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" which is really great and...and...
Friday, February 15, 2008
February 14, 2008
I found this over on a site Farmerdill pointed out for its tomato humor, and I thought it should be shared, today of all days! Thanks, Farmerdill, really made my day!
Cabbage always has a heart;
Green beans string along.
You're such a Tomato,
Will you Peas to me belong?
You've been the Apple of my eye,
You know how much I care;
So Lettuce get together,
We'd make a perfect Pear.
Now, something's sure to Turnip,
To prove you can't be Beet;
So, if you Carrot all for me
Let's let our Tulips meet.
Don't Squash my hopes and dreams now,
Bee my Honey, dear;
Or tears will fill Potato's eyes,
While Sweet Corn lends an ear.
I'll Cauliflower shop and say
Your dreams are Parsley mine.
I'll work and share my Celery,
So be my Valentine.
from [[email protected]]
Monday, January 21, 2008just spotted some new daffodil growth today along a south facing privacy fence. aaaaahhhhhh~~~~~~~~
compost cooking like mad...
amaryllis in my coldframe finally froze all its leaves. good crop spinach started in there.
Friday, December 7, 2007
plants brought in for winterfretted over what to save for winter. Coleus are looking pretty bad by now, stretched out for light, not even great in rooting jars. Then the planter got knocked over by cat-dog chase in the bedroom, big mess. So remind me next fall, be more realistic about what will look OK and what will go dormant and what will look horrible and die.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Funny books recommended in 2001 articleDarkness and Day- Ivy C Burnett
The Dog of the South- Charles Portis
Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain
Our Dumb Century- The Onion
The Prick of Noon- Peter DeVries
THe Broke Diaries-----good girl gone broke- Angela Nissel
Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel, Marx Scripts
A Walk in the Woods- Bill Bryson
The Mezzanine- Nicholson Baker
Peck's Bad Boy and his Pa- G W Peck
Thank You for Smoking- C Buckley
Monday, November 12, 2007
bleaching a vest article[[email protected]]
Sunday, March 25, 2007seedlings doing well on 16 hr light a day, in miracle gro moisture control soil. today started ros orach andd radicchio
Friday, March 23, 2007ice follies begin to open, and the ones from jandon court, yellow wtih orange edge o cup.
I divided iris afterdinner, it was 73 derees out, soft and warm, and just as it was getting too dark, a very gentle rain started to fall......peaceful
Wednesday, March 21, 2007first daffs 3-16, half pints. crocus by mailbox last week. viburnums buds showing green. made new bed today with sandbox, newspaper, leaves, dirt, urea.
Friday, March 16, 2007
veg planting orderFarmerdill
Mar 14, 2007
You can grow just about about any vegetable in the Roanoke Valley. Contact your extension agent or call Va. Tech for a list of recommendations. Start in March with the cold weather (plant as soon as the ground thaws and cna be worked) vegetables like English snap, and snow peas, beets, onion plants or sets, lettuceetc. Late March early April, Irish potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower (transplants) Late April-Early May snap beans, squash cucumbers, corn, tomatoes eggplants, peppers and the like. Middle of May, lima beans, southern peas, sweet potaoes. July Brussel Sprouts, late cabbage ( fall harvest) August turnips, kale, mustard etc.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
before additionmoved the roses(HD bargains) , tete a tete daffs, some pansies, bunching onion, chives,(with some unk.daff)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
seeds in potsHome today in ice storm. Planted these in pots of mostly Jiffy starter mix with a little Mir Gro moisture control mix added.
Armeria, aster,carnation,petunia flambe, papaya(courtesy Dad), gomphrena, cutting celery(smelled like celery seed, maybe can harvest for that), nicotiana only the lonely, tithonia torch, lycoris(may not be true to seed but i was ordinary ones anyway, also Dad ) and hosta from dentist office( may also not be TTS, but figure it'll at least be huge like that)and jewel of opar.
Now better get that crabmeat out of freezer and make cakes for dinner.
Saturday, November 25, 2006well thast kool i mean like ur not jus doin it 4 nuthin cuz u actually want 2 get a scholarship n evrything dontbehatin51193
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dracaena Janet Craig is the new plant with dark green stiff leaves. somebody hada pic with it in bloom. don't water too much.
today moved birch tree, hickory and bubby bush from lamiastrum bed to back by redbud, and picked ap place for the new viburnum. also recently moved scott's sprucetree to per bed andtook out one splitting butt bush