Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Now Where Is That Snow Shovel...

We are finally getting a real snow!
It has added up more since I took this photo.  I heard four inches predicted for us.  Last winter, we only had to shovel snow once.  So far this winter, we haven't shoveled snow at all.  Maybe tomorrow morning.  Guess I'd better find the snow shovel.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Sowing

A sunshiny afternoon gave me a nice day to winter sow a few seeds.  I'm not doing much this year.  Just some native annual lemon beebalm.  I had great results starting it this way last year that I thought I'd do it again.  I'm also hoping some of the beebalm self seeded in the garden beds.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Edibles 2016

basil *

snap: contender  (buff valentine) (bush)

scarlet nantes

slicers: marketmore 76

=garlic *
hard neck
--as easy as ever.

blue curled scotch

kohlrabi *
early white vienna
purple vienna
?delicacy white

leaf: salad bowl
leaf: red salad bowl
leaf: black seeded simpson
romaine: forellenschluss “speckled trout”
romaine:  red
soft head (butterhead) : buttercrunch
--what a year for lettuce.  still harvesting some in july. all the rains made it grow and grow and grow.

=onion sets
ebenezer (white)
--just grew for green onions.  yummy.

parsley *
giant of italy

shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar
--did great with all the rain until hail storm did them in.

bell: early summer:  starter plant
bell:  Valencia orange: starter plant
bell:  red knight X3R:  starter plant
bell:  California Wonder:  starter plant
jalapeno: mucho nacho: starter plant

multi-colored: french breakfast
multi-colored: sparkler
multi-colored: scarlet turnip white tip
red: cherry belle
--great radishes with all the rain.

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

squash, winter
table queen acorn
candy roaster

grape/cherry type:  sun sugar: starter plant
grape/cherry type: sweet 100: starter plant
plum/roma type: roma plum: starter plant

----- Perennials -----

=asparagus *
jersey knight
--the bed seemed a little thin this year.  the dry winter was probably a problem.

mint *
--it just grows in the alley.

winter onion
Egyptian Walking *
--used them for cooking at times.

----- Do Not Purchase -----

squash, summer

* not on vegetable planting/harvesting calendar

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Warm January Afternoon

Our winter has had very little snow and more warm days than cold days.
We have received some rain which is good.

Today was very warm.  I rounded up my pruning tools and sharpening stone.  There will be tree pruning in the near future.

The main thing I do in the garden this time of year is fill the bird feeders.

This old feeder is hanging together; but every time I open it, I wonder if it will just fall apart.  I can see the seams separating and the hanging cord is getting rough.  It is kind of a pain to slide the whole roof up the cord to fill the feeder.  I've decided that when it falls apart, it will get tossed instead of repaired.

This feeder is very easy to fill.  It has a hinged roof.  I just flip one side up and pour in the seeds.  It is made of recycled plastic bottles and is holding up very well.

I like the recycled plastic feeder so much that when I found a slightly smaller one of the same design, I picked it up.  For right now, we have 3 bird feeders.

The carrots continue to be fine in the garden under the straw.  We have had a mild winter, but I'm encouraged.  Next fall, I will plant a lot of carrots.

Hope the new year is treating you well.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 3, 2016