Sunday, January 26, 2014

Talk Of A Watering Ban

Our city commissioners are starting to talk about the possibility of banning all outside water use this year.  We continue to be in a drought.  Our city's water wells are very low.  There hasn't been much moisture yet this winter.

If the watering ban happens, my container plantings may not happen.  I've already placed an order for some drought tolerant perennials to plant off the back patio.  Those should arrive in April.  If we get any rain, they'll get extra water from the patio roof runoff.  I have made the list of edibles I want to plant this year.  It is one post back.  There will be some adjusting especially with the tomato varieties.  Final choices for starter plants often are based on what looks best at the greenhouse.  This year's edibles will also be edited if there is a watering ban.

There will be prayers for rain, rain barrels set up to catch every drop possible and bath water saved again this year.

I don't mean to set a dismal outlook for the next growing season.  It could be a challenging year at Garden on Sherlock Street; but I will still plant because the rain may come.  When the rain comes, the plants that are here will be glorious!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Edibles 2014

basil *

snap: contender (buff valentine) (bush)

scarlet nantes

slicers: marketmore 76

garlic *
hard neck

kohlrabi *
early white vienna
purple vienna

leaf: salad bowl
leaf: red salad bowl
leaf: black seeded simpson
romaine: forellenschluss “speckled trout”
soft head (butterhead) : buttercrunch

melon, muskmelon
hales best jumbo

melon, watermelon
round, striped: crimson sweet

onion sets
ebenezer (white)

parsley *
flat leaf

shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar

bell: golden bell:  starter plant
bell: lilac:  starter plant
jalapeno: mucho nacho: starter plant
jalapeno: capsicum annuum

large: jack-o-lantern

multi-colored: french breakfast
multi-colored: sparkler
multi-colored: scarlet turnip white tip
red: cherry belle

squash, summer
early prolific straightneck
black beauty (zucchini)
early white bush scallop

squash, winter
table queen acorn
candy roaster

grape/cherry type: red cherry: starter plant
grape/cherry type: sweet 100: starter plant
standard slicers: early girl: starter plant
standard slicers: celebrity: starter plant

----- Perennials -----

asparagus *
jersey knight

chives *

mint *

strawberry *

----- Extras -----

red cored chantenay

slicers: white wonder

* not on vegetable planting/harvesting calendar

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Just A January Report

January at Garden on Sherlock Street.  Not a lot to share.

Hopefully, the plants outside are surviving our crazy temperature swings.  We've been below zero and up to almost 60 degrees Fahrenheit so far this month.  We've only gotten a little snow and ice.  We've had days of crazy winds.  Like blowing dust kind of winds.  Nothing has blown out of the garden, but I sure have picked up a lot of trash that has blown into the garden.

I continue to feed the wildlife.  The squirrels and birds sure like our feeders and water bowls.

I am mostly hanging out in the house with the plants I brought in last fall, the house dwellers who live inside year round. a hyacinth bulb sprouting in a vase and the garden catalogs.

Doing a little planning for the 2014 growing season.

I need more pea fences to use for things other than peas.  Those are ordered.

I want some drought tolerant plants for the bed just off the patio.  Selections have been made.  Mulling over the choices before making the order final.

Vegetables beds need to be planned.  I have some seeds from last year which should still be good, but many will need to be replaced.  Not looking for anything new necessarily.  Just needing to restock the seed supply.   Time to get out the seed box and get serious about where everything will get planted.

On the home front, we are slowly working on the master bedroom remodel.  Have I mentioned that I hate sanding?  I'm also doing some decluttering.  When I'm inside more looking at all our stuff, I start to reorganize things and clear out the unneeded items.  Anything still in good condition gets donated to a variety of organizations in our community that can use them or resell them to support their missions.  And, I'm shredding a lot of papers.

That's the January report from Garden on Sherlock Street.  Hope all is well with you!

Sunday, January 5, 2014