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 *
-planted in a container

snap: contender  (buff valentine) (bush)
-really produced this year

scarlet nantes
-succession plantings didn't sprout
-planted again in late September

slicers: marketmore 76

garlic *
hard neck
-dug up on 6/22/16
-planted 3 bulbs for 2017

kohlrabi *
early white vienna
purple vienna

leaf: salad bowl
leaf: red salad bowl
leaf: black seeded simpson
romaine: forellenschluss “speckled trout”
romaine:  red
soft head (butterhead) : buttercrunch
-all have been good
-havested some on July 29, 2016.  Crazy!

-not exciting enough to grow again

melon, muskmelon
hales best jumbo

melon, watermelon
round, striped: crimson sweet
-were not very good

winter (walking) *
-saving seed to plant in a different place

onion sets
-enjoyed green onions
-something ate them as they made bulbs

parsley *
giant of italy
-planted in a container, need to plant more for butterflies

shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar
-all have been good

bell: valencia orange:  starter plant
bell: golden bell:  starter plant
bell: lilac:  starter plant
...small fruits
bell: red beauty:  starter plant
jalapeno: capsicum annuum
-all good and colorful!

medium:  magic lantern
?: porcelain doll
-only got 1 of each

multi-colored: french breakfast
multi-colored: scarlet turnip white tip
red: cherry belle
-all have done well

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

squash, winter
table queen acorn
...plant died suddenly
...only got 1
candy roaster
...only got 1

grape/cherry type: red cherry: starter plant
grape/cherry type:  sun sugar sweet!
plum/roma type: roma plum
standard slicers: early girl: starter plant

----- Perennials -----

asparagus *
jersey knight
-a lighter harvest this spring

chives *
-doing fine

mint *
-crazy as usual

strawberry *
-only have a couple of plants, no fruit this year

* 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

January Tour 2016

Front Garden


Back Garden

Side Garden