Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Garden Log --- March 14, 2018

If it appears that all I'm doing lately is gardening, you'd be right!

Bed B#1:

  1. Tomatillo, Yellow - Trade Winds Fruits
  2. Tomatillo, Purple Coban (2) - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  3. Salad Bowl Red Lettuce -
  4. All Year Lettuce -
  5. Black Magic Spinach - Trade Winds Fruits
  6. Erbett Swiss Chard - Bountiful Gardens
  7. Juan de Doubs Carrots - Trade Winds Fruits
  8. Golden Celery -
  9. Scarlet Kale - Bountiful Gardens
  10. Bloomsdale Spinach -
  11. Stocky Golden Roaster Peppers (3) - FB Garden Group

In Bed #B2 so far, I have:
Rote Zahnrad Tomate (2)- FB Garden Group - this is the second of 3 tomato varieties that I'm growing for their inventory.  I can't find this one on an English website, it's all in German.

Next are 6 different sweet pepper plants that I only had one of each grow from seed and survive. I'm just putting these all together and won't try to save any seeds from them.

  1. Lipstick Pepper - FB Garden Group
  2. Topepo Giallo - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  3. Violet Sparkle - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  4. Gypsy (Hybrid) - Totally Tomatoes - this is the 3rd year for my packet of these seeds, so I think I was lucky to get even one plant. My favorite pepper of all time - I'll be buying new seeds for this one next year.
  5. Jimmy Nardello - FB Garden Group
  6. Marconi Red - FB Garden Group

That's as far as I got today in the main garden.  

The cotton plants were planted out today in the big metal trough - they were so happy to get out of those little plant trays!  I ended up with 4 Brownfield White, 4 Green, and 3 Mississippi brown this year! The green cotton plants are the red ones in the picture. Looking forward to seeing this cotton!

 The Tangerine Cross Vine is getting ready to pop!
 One plum on the Santa Rosa plum tree in the orchard. 
Growing in one of my old tomato tubs - get your Irish on! Happy St. Pat's day this weekend!
One little bluebonnet plant growing in the front of the property. We keep trying but don't have a lot of luck growing these from seeds.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Garden Log ---- March 13, 2018

I've finished all of Bed A as of this morning and made a start on Bed B!  Things are moving along, but I'm so sore today! Whew, these muscles haven't been used lately!

In Bed #A3 we have:
Nutri-Red Carrots -
Chiogga Beets -
Lacinato Kale -
Dazzling Blue Kale - Pinetree Garden Seeds
Merlot Lettuce - Bountiful Gardens
Red Kitten Spinach - Johnny's Select Seeds
Mixed Carrots - leftover seeds from several packets
Mayflower Beans - FB Garden Group - said to be from seeds brought over on the Mayflower, history of being maintained in the Carolina's. I got 9 seeds so planted them all for dry beans.
Peppermint Stick Celery - Pinetree Garden Seeds
In Bed #A4:
Silbertanne Tomato (2) - FB Garden Group. These are one of the three tomatoes that I'm growing for the group grow-out.  I'll be saving seeds for this one to send back to the inventory. This is a determinate bush tomato. Looking forward to seeing what it turns out to be - the leaves are very lacy and delicate.
Salad Bowl Green Lettuce -
Romaine Red Lettuce -
Long Green Improved Cucumbers - Pinetree Garden Seeds
Persian Cucumbers - FB Garden Group
Mammoth Dill - Pinetree Garden Seeds
Indian Corriander - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Calico Crowder Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
California Black-Eyed Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Green Black-Eyed Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Lady Finger Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Pidgeon Pea Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Ram's Horn Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Big Red Ripper Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Speckled Purple Hull Cowpeas - FB Garden Group
Zipper Cream Cowpeas - FB Garden Group

I know that seems like a lot of cowpeas, but most of the packages had between 10 - 25 seeds in them, and a few had even less. Some are fairly rare (Ram's horn) and others are common. I'm looking forward to seeing what I get!

Walking through the garden today, it appears that everything is settling in just fine.
 The mammoth dill likes it's new home!
 This purple peacock broccoli looks more like a kale plant, doesn't it?
 The rapini broccoli has little buds on it already - I'll be pinching these off.
 A few of the pak choy are already showing up!
 The licorice basil seems happy in the main garden now too!
 At the very end I put a row of Lemon Queen sunflowers.  It's been a few years since I've grown sunflowers, so I'm happy to have them again. One of my favorite flowers.
 The spring blush peas really do have a pink blush!
 Both of the pomegranate trees have leafed out, but haven't spotted any blooms on them.
And most of the peach trees in the orchard have fruit on them! Spring has sprung!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Garden Log ---- March 10, 2018

I accomplished another bed in the garden on Saturday! Yahoo!  It took me all day and I had to stop and rest a lot in between, but it's done!

In Bed #A2 we have:
  1. Shin Kuroda Carrots - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  2. Cylindra Beets - Seed Savers Exchange
  3. Minutina, Erba Stella - Bountiful Gardens 
  4. Waltham Broccoli (2) -
  5. Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli (2) - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  6. Purple Peacock Broccoli (2) - Pinetree Garden Seeds
  7. Rapini Broccoli (2) -
  8. Calabrese Broccoli (1) -
  9. Old Joe Clark Beans - FB Garden Group (half runner bean from Appalachia area, grown for dry beans)
  10. Pentland Brig Kale - Bountiful Gardens
  11. Rainbow Mix Carrots - Johnny's Select Seeds
  12. Cardinal Swiss Chard - Pinetree Garden Seeds
  13. Voyage Reistomate Tomato - FB Garden Group - would you look at this crazy tomato?!! I'm so excited to see how this one does!
  14. Cream Sausage Tomato - Seed Savers Exchange
  15. Purple Ruffles Basil - Pinetree Garden Seeds
I was going to do the next bed today, but decided to give myself a day of rest - this cough is just not letting up.  I feel much better, but it's lingering. Cough! cough!

I spent part of the day potting up almost everything else that was left in the greenhouse - mostly the sunflowers and a few gourds that are finally sprouted.  Then, since we're expecting two nights of close to freezing, I reorganized and cleaned up the greenhouse some and moved everything else back in just in case. I MAY have overdone it in the tomato department - ha! way too many.  

The fig tree is starting to leaf out! I did pretty well all winter so glad to see it taking off now.

And we've taken one of the banana trees out - this is the Dwarf Orinoco - it's taken a bit of a beating, but once it's cleaned up and I've fertilized it, should be doing fine! There's two more big ones in the greenhouse and two of the tiny ones.  They don't look as good, so I'll have to see how they do.

 I think I have three good tomatillo plants going, which is plenty for us.  They usually way over-produce, so I shouldn't need any more.  I think I have two purple and one yellow that are looking good.
 I have three like this - the base just shriveled up and blew over.  I think they needed TLC and I just didn't see them, so these won't survive. It could be "dampening off" but not seeing that with any other plants, so who knows.
 John got us a huge pile of compost with manure (cow and horse) mixed in it.  I'm in heaven! This is going all over the garden and in every plant.
 The bronze fennel plant is coming back beautifully! All of these herbs will be getting a manure dressing this coming week.
 Out in the front yard the rose plants are starting to bloom - both of these blooms are from the butterfly rose bush,

And I'm keeping a close eye on my dad's iris.  Just finally seeing the blooms shooting up.  Can't wait for these to open! 
More garden news tomorrow!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Garden Log --- March 9, 2018

Yesterday I managed to plant a few morning glories in the ground -- the poor things were getting long and leggy in the greenhouse and needed to get into the ground.  John helped by getting the bed ready and I drug my sick self out to plant them.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate John.

I planted: 
Heavenly Blue
Sunrise Serenade
Mixed Shades

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Garden Log -- March 8, 2018

Despite the temps flirting with freezing at night the past two days, I decided to get a start on the garden.  I planted out a few things that will need to be covered should it freeze, but most of these things can take a little cold weather. 

We've both been fighting a cold and sore throat the past couple of days, so work outside is suffering for me. Gardening while on Benadryl is tough! ha! John just barrels through and refuses to slow down.  I'm sure its not good for him, but I can't get him to slow down.

Here's what is planted in Bed A#1:
  1. Arkansas Traveler Tomato (2 plants) - Seeds from FB Group
  2. Siber Frill Kale - Pinetree Seeds - my favorite vegetable from last year's garden, a beautiful, big kale!
  3. Gigante d' Inverno Spinach - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  4. Hong Tae Pak Choy - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  5. Extra Dwarf Pak Choy - saved seeds from last year's garden
  6. Solar Yellow Carrots - Trade Wind Fruit
  7. Matina Sweet Lettuce - Pinetree Seeds
  8. Freckles Lettuce - Pinetree Seeds
  9. Red Cheese Sweet Peppers (6 plants) - Seeds from FB Group
  10. Cranberry Fielder Beans (10 beans) - Seeds from FB Group - these are pole beans usually eaten as dry beans
  11. Pink Plume Celery - Seed Savers Exchange
  12. Lettuce Leaf Basil - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
This year instead of planting all of the same type of plants together, I'm separating them so that I can attempt to save seeds. This is a new endeavor for me, I've saved some very easy seeds in the past (okra, beans, etc.) but no tomato and others that require distance to keep the variety pure.  We'll see how it goes.  It's going to be fun - if you see a ribbon around a plant in the garden, that means don't pick!!
 Both of the Arkanses Traveler tomato plants were about this size.
 Everything is sprouting now - this is what the agarita plants all look like right now!
Lots of female blooms on the mulberry trees!

More garden news tomorrow!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Garden Log - February 24, 2018

Rain, rain, and more rain.  I'm not complaining, really - since we'll all be praying for rain in the near summer - but really! I'm so sick of mud.
Rain drops on the pine tree

I'm still working on all the little seedlings and continuing to start more.  Today I started the gourds. I'm hoping for better luck then I had last year, not a single plant made it (honestly, they died from neglect - I did a terrible job with them.)  If these germinate, I'm putting them out on the fence in front of the orchard.

I'm also trying to start some of the tangerine cross-vine - these seeds were collected from the plants in the fall. I sure hope they germinate.  They are in the greenhouse under the lights and on heat pads.

 The milkweed plants are mostly up and growing - I've got Herb Red and Pink.  These will go in the front flower bed and I hope we can attract some butterflies!

 Both rows of sugar snap and snow peas are up and growing.
 Keeping an eye on the blackberries and raspberries.  We'll be fertilizing these soon, as soon as the weather cooperates.
More to come soon - meanwhile - stay dry!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Garden Log - February 18, 2018

Lots of little babies coming up in the greenhouse - I'm even putting some outside to harden up some now.  I'm hoping they will all be ready to go out in the garden by mid-March, provided we're frost free by then.  

We're expecting rain in the next few days, so I may put them out to get some natural rain if it's not coming down too hard.
 Green Cotton
 Mississippi Brown Cotton
 These are from some white cotton seeds I picked up on the side of the road in Brownsfield, Texas.  Probably gonna be some kind of Franken-cotton, but we'll see.

John has finished the Squash House - he made a smaller bed on the inside of each side for me to plant pole beans in.

 Turk and Grey are very interested in what he's doing....

I have about 20(something) tomato seedlings now, in various stages of growth.  Several cabbages going, some regular head cabbage and two different types of Chinese cabbage.
 Chirimen Hakusai Cabbage
 Various seedlings on the porch of the greenhouse - those are Heavenly 
Blue morning glories in the front.

I'm starting several types of basil this year.  Blue Spice, Globe, Lettuce Leaf, Licorice, Holy, Purple Ruffles, and Italiano Classico have all sprouted and are on the go.  African Tree Basil and New Guinea Basil have not and I think I'll have to start over.

The fruit trees are all budding and some have burst forth with blooms.  They are truly beautiful when in bloom - and so attractive to bees! Someone's honey bees have been here every single day just busy working these trees. They make quite a racket. 
 Nectarine tree, peach and plum trees in bloom
 Two plum trees in the orchard in bloom

I'm finally having some success with the pepper seeds - the new ones I planted have started to pop out of the dirt.  Red Cheese peppers, Lipstick peppers and I found one of the earlier ones had sprouted - one of the Stocky Golden Rooster.  Looks like I'll have some sweet peppers after all!

I found a few volunteers out in the garden have sprung up - spinach and two celery plants.  I think those are both Pink Plume celery.  I may dig them up and replant once I've got the spring garden layed out.   

I've been potting "up" all the little seedlings as they outgrow their containers, hope to have them all in their final pots soon (except for the tomatoes - they will get one more potting up.)  That's how I'm spending most of my time out there right now. More to come soon!