Sunday, April 19, 2020

In The Garden - April

The whoa-man is still at home obeying the Governor's 'stay at home' order. Perhaps, he'll remove said order 1st of May. Either way, we are okay and will be for a long period of time.

I took, more than, a few pics in the garden and shot a video of some work, pollination taking place.

Cut another gate into the garden for quicker/easier access. 
A bit of a path to keep the mud off of my shoes.
Tub full of spearmint
Onion experiment surrounded by bunching onions
Cold weather crops. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and quatre saison lettuce (4 season)
Roma maters
Lemon squash. I hand pollinated this morning. YouTube vid at the bottom of page.
Beets, Brad's Atomic Grape maters
The black bird has started laying, finally. 
Turnips


Hand Pollinating Squash During a Tour

Friday, April 10, 2020

Gardening Continues During Our Pandemic Lockdown

We locked ourselves down a few weeks ago. Governor issued a stay at home order on March 29 for 30 days. With company approval, the whoa-man opted to use vacation days and not work. Apparently, the furniture store considers themselves 'essential' and has remained open. Not sure how they figure that.

I reckon if you live paycheck to paycheck, working is necessary. I remember the days I was in that same boat.

The garden continues. I have flowers on the squash already. Unfortunately, the first bloom was a female with no male to pollinate. Happened last year, too. They'll sinc up and get it right.

Water Hose Drip Irrigation


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Weather Too Cool For Transplanting

I know I said I was going to transplant my seedlings last weekend. I did plant some tomatoes. However, after seeing the forecast for this weekend, I couldn't take a chance on losing my summer plants. They are now, more than double in size from last week. Maybe triple. Combination grow light and greenhouse.

Last week. Mar. 13 
Today. Mar. 22. 
After watching the forecast, I'm thinking Tuesday is the day to transplant. It looks as though the 'too cool' weather is in the past. Still some 50s at night but, these plants should be able to handle it. I hope so, they're going in the ground.

Short video on YouTube  Garden Progress

Friday, March 13, 2020

Cukes, Zukes, Squash, Maters and Beets Seedlings

The squash and zucchini are, down-right, monstrous. Had to reseed one of the cukes. It was deformed with one small first leaf and never grew. Stayed alive but....

Two Brad's Atomic Grape and one Roma Mater. I planted these just because. I have real sized mater seeds being delivered today. Zone 8a/b gives me plenty of growing time. 

Not too impressed with beet flavor but, they're edible and I have them so...
After this weekend I'm transplanting to the big garden. My growing season is long so, if some of these don't make it due to Mother Nature, I have more to reseed inside or direct sow.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Scrap Wood Garden Row Markers

My seedlings continue to thrive. The indoor grow light does a good job but, nothing beats Mother Nature.

Looks like one more week of too cool temps before I can transplant my summer crops. I'll try and wait until first week of April. Not sure I can, I really want to garden. 

Easy, peasy scrap row markers.

You Tube Video


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Let The Planting Begin

I transplanted my broccoli, cauliflower and kale the other day. Had a window of dryness and thought I'd take advantage of it while I could. Course, we have a thunderstorm coming through today but, I hope it won't be to hard of a downpour and wash my plants away.

Here's the video I shot - Transplanting Cold Crops

Also, started some more seeds on Feb 23. Cukes, zukes and squash. They started germinating a couple days ago. Oh, I see a few chives there, too. I should take them to the garden.



I planted some tomato seeds a few weeks back and they've taken off. I've been taking them to the greenhouse when it's sunny and they are flourishing. Loving it.

One roma and 2 cherry type called Brad's atomic grape. I seeded these just to see what they'd do. They ought to be a nice size come mid April. 


These last plants won't be going into the garden until mid April or May.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Laying Around. Loafing. Lazy, Hazy Daisies.

Okay, no daisies but, I've been doing a lot of nothing here lately. Next week I'm planting my cold weather crops. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale and some 4 season lettuce.

Have a full plate of things I need to do but, it's been either too cold, too wet or I've been lazy.

Shot a short video of me taking the seedlings to the garden for some real sunshine today.

Seedling Transport