Monday, December 21, 2015

Carrots and December?

The carrots I planted this fall continue to grow in the garden.  I've left a little batch of them to see how well they'll do as we go through various cold spells.  I put some straw squares around the plants to help the ground from changing too suddenly in temperature.

Our temperatures go up and down.  We're currently in a warm spell again so I decided harvest a few carrots today.  They were so sweet.

Meanwhile, on the patio, the container of snapdragons continues to have blooms.  The top blooms got a little frozen last week, but the plant is still fine.

Looking at warm weather through Christmas then a winter storm may move in.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Garden Deck

An early Christmas present found its way to our house.  It's "The Garden Deck."
Most of the cards are for different edibles with information like how far apart to plant, days to maturity, how to harvest and other tips.  A few cards have basic information like the plant hardiness zone map and propagation information.  More resources are always helpful.

Hope the gardening Santa finds you too.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Strong Snapdragons

We have thawed out from the big winter storm that crossed the plains Thanksgiving Day through the weekend.  We got glazed by ice, but not coated in it here to do any damage.  The moisture was appreciated, but the slick roads impacted our travel plans for Thanksgiving.  We had a quiet holiday at home together instead of with our extended families who live where there was thicker ice  They lost power for a while.

Today was the first chance I've had to look at the garden.  While still alive, the petunias and grasses in the containers on our patio are looking pretty weak .  I tossed most of them into the compost hole and am letting the clay pots dry well before storing them.

The neatest find on the patio today was the snapdragons.  They are still going strong.  Amazing to have them doing so well in December.

Hoping to get new tour photos taken soon.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Carrots and Blooms

I can't believe it is the week of Thanksgiving and I'm harvesting carrots!  I've read about having carrots in the fall and being able to even winter them in the ground for a while, but have never managed to actually try a fall carrot crop.  Very happy with my harvest.  They are so sweet.  I still have more in the ground and am going to see how long I can keep them in the garden under some straw with the colder weather coming.  I may lose some, but want to test it.

We also still have flowers on the patio.  The sweet potato vines went with our cold weekend, but most everything else is still there.

This container of snap dragons is really doing well.

I was so happy to get blooms on my milkweed plant this summer.
This is the last pod sending out seeds.  

A big weather system is suppose to cross the plains this week.  Our Thanksgiving could be a bit wintry.  Hoping our travels aren't impacted as we have family to see and yummy food to eat.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope all is well for you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Lettuce and Flowers

Here we are deep into October and we haven't had a killing freeze yet.  We also haven't had much rain.  We are dry, dry, dry.

At this point in the season, I start cleaning up the garden even if we haven't had a freeze because November just does not lend itself well to doing that.  Some containers are gone, but many have come together on the patio with the large ones that live there all year.  They look great together.  Why don't I just put them there in the spring to start?  These will stay until a freeze decides they are to be cleaned up and stored for winter.

I don't cut back my perennials until spring so other than some vegetable garden clean up I mostly store away decorative items and empty rain barrels and water gardens. 

I still have tomato plants producing in the vegetable garden and I planted some late radishes which are just about done.  There are also some carrots.  Don't know if I'll get anything from those, but it was worth a try.  I am harvesting lettuce!  I planted it in a container.  It was rough going in September when we had record breaking heat, but it made it and I can move the container around and cover it if needed to stretch that lettuce harvest as far as possible.

We have rain in the forecast.  Hoping to get to use the rain gauge again before I put it up for winter.

Be well and happy gardening!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Distracting Flying Flowers

Hello!  I am behind with everything right now except for things where I work.  My wonderful husband and I just returned from a short vacation and I have a million things to do.  I hope to get the October tour photos soon, and it's time to start cleaning up the garden for winter.  However, I was very distracted today by this scene...

The Monarch Butterflies are everywhere.  I spent some time chasing them around with a camera.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2015