Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big Wildlife

This hawk has been visiting our garden lately.  Seems to have captured a sparrow for lunch today.  One day, he caught a turtle dove and in the pursuit, they both crashed into our patio door.  Gave us quite a scare.  I took this photo through a window.  He's sitting on one of our picnic table benches.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ordered Seeds/Planned Veggies

I have my list of veggies for this year one post back.  Nothing too different in what is listed.  Am planning another variety of kohlrabi (delicacy white).  I'll decide on the peppers and tomatoes at the nursery.  Will see what is available and what looks the best.  What is most notable is what I don't have on the list this year.  I removed all the melons and all the pumpkins this year.  They take a lot of water and we haven't gotten a lot of harvest from them the last few years.  Our farmers' market has great melon and pumpkin growers.  I think I'll give them more business this year and spend less time searching for squash bugs.  I'll probably toss some of my remaining pumpkin seeds in our "wild area."  If they do well on their own, bonus!

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Edibles 2017

basil *

snap: contender  (buff valentine) (bush)

scarlet nantes

slicers: marketmore 76

garlic *
hard neck

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

onion sets
ebenezer (white)

parsley *
giant of italy

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

pepper (will decide at the nursery)
bell: golden bell:  starter plant
bell:  Valencia orange
bell: lilac:  starter plant
bell: red beauty:  starter plant
jalapeno: mucho nacho: starter plant
jalapeno: capsicum annuum

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

tomato (will decide at the nursery)
grape/cherry type: chocolate cherry: starter plant
grape/cherry type:  sun sugar
grape/cherry type: sweet baby: starter plant
grape/cherry type: red cherry: starter plant
plum/roma type: amish paste: starter plant
plum/roma type: la roma: starter plant
plum/roma type: roma plum
standard slicers: early girl: starter plant

----- Perennials -----

asparagus *
jersey knight

chives *

mint *

winter onion
Egyptian Walking *

strawberry *

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Iced Garden

I think we're done getting rain/sleet/snow, etc.  It's is right above freezing this afternoon so everything is dripping and bits of ice are falling off things, but it will freeze again tonight before we really thaw out tomorrow.  So far, no broken trees in our garden and we've kept electricity.  Much worse for some people around us.  Amazing the art work Mother Nature creates.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Warm January Day

Tuesday was unseasonably warm for us.  I took the opportunity to survey the garden and do a little clean up.

During the survey, I discovered that something has dug up my orange/peach tulips!  Don't know if any bulbs got left behind.  I wonder if something just ate them or if a squirrel has "planted" them in other places.  Will be watching this spring.  I've had those tulips in that spot for over ten years.  Crazy wildlife.

I got the "wild area" tidied up a bit and have decided where the next composting hole will be.

Today wasn't bad, but we are in the area of "crippling" ice that is forecast for the Sunflower State.  We'll see what tonight and tomorrow brings.  Just some light rain showers this evening, but family and friends south of us are reporting ice forming on trees at this hour and it's moving north.  Maybe I'll have some icy garden photos for you next.

Be safe if you're in the path of this storm system too.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy To Be Inside

I have some plants hanging out in our family room (which is sloooooowwwwly being remodeled) for the winter.  Everyone seems to be doing well.  I actually took this photo so I could remember which plants are on each shelf because they seem to be doing well with the light situation, and I want to match that again next winter if I can.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January Tour 2017

Front Garden


Back Garden

Side Garden

Vegetable Garden



Monday, January 2, 2017

Plant Markers

Hello and Happy New Year!
Hope the holiday season was good to you.  We enjoyed a lot of family gatherings, good food and fun.

Wanted to share with you a garden gift I received from my in-laws.  These vegetable plant markers are heavy brass with great graphics.  They match the sundial we received earlier in the year from them very well.  Apparently, my in-laws have begun browsing antique/thrift stores and are finding nice pieces for our garden.  

I plant every vegetable featured.  They're perfect!