Friday-May 31, 2013

Cloudy and 77o today.

I forgot to mention that on Wednesday I also pulled up a bed of poison ivy.  I was very careful and covered my whole body with something even though I’ve pulled all of this before with my bare hands.  Yep, I didn’t know it was poison ivy at the time.  I usually only get a few small itchy blisters and then it goes away anyway.  This morning as I was sitting on the deck having tea and reading, I reached up and scratched my nose and felt some bumps.  The only part of me that wasn’t covered was my face and that’s where it got me.  Thank goodness we have remedies handy and I immediately used them.  It shouldn’t be too bad.  Not itchy at all at least.

What did I do today?  I planted my two elderberry bushes finally.  One on either side of the driveway.  York on the west side and Nova on the east side.  I also cleaned out one area next to the stairs.  There is a giant burning bush there and a small weigela with white flowers.  Some ground cover and ferns were also vying for attention there, but they had to go.  It looks much better now, but I have plans to change this area over the summer…..I hope.

I also took a lot of pictures of my yard and garden.  I’ll try to post them later today when my husband isn’t complaining about me being on the computer “all the time”.  He should see me when he’s not home!  I’ve barely posted anything this past week!

That was not very matter of fact and straight forward, but oh well.  Have a great day!



Thursday- May 30, 2013

Sunny and warm, upper 70s.

I bought regular thyme today and an aloe plant at Home Depot while we were out shopping.  Still no tarragon, but I’m not giving up.  I planted the aloe in a pot and have decided to leave it in the greenhouse because I don’t have a sunny spot to put it in my house.  I have never had luck with aloe plants, but I’m hoping it will work this time.  The thyme, which I said in yesterday’s post was planted, really isn’t yet.  It’s still in it’s little pot. I put all of my seedlings from the greenhouse outside in their trays.  I’m hoping the rain and sun will help them grow better.  It seems like some of the more delicate seedlings would dry out too fast in the greenhouse and die.

Wednesday-May 29, 2013

Weather – sunny and warm (I’m writing this 2 days late with a headache so I’m not as precise as normal)

I finally got to work in the yard!  I got most of my garden planted, just a little left to go.  My master plan isn’t working out like I thought so I’ve had to do a lot  of tweaking as I go.  Will learn for next year though.  Mostly, I just tried to fit too many big plants into too small of a space.  I want to grow pumpkins, but don’t know if I’ll have enough room.  I’ve planted a couple of seeds, plus squash and zucchini.  We’ll see.

What I’m planting:

  • tomatoes
  • roma tomatoes
  • green peppers   Red peppers and jalapeno didn’t survive to be planted
  • cayenne peppers
  • carrots
  • radishes
  • cucumbers
  • red onions
  • white onions
  • yellow onions
  • bunching onions
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • peas
  • green beans
  • brussels sprouts
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • pumpkins  White (lumina) pumpkins didn’t survive to be planted.  planted Musquee de Provence for cooking.
  • gourds
  • butternut squash
  • scarlet runner bean
  • sweet pea


  • echinacea      my own from seed
  • calendula        my own from seed
  • sweet basil    my own from seed
  • italian basil   my own from seed
  • sage      my own in garden, purchased on deck in planter
  • thyme    purchased on deck in planter, (seed is growing but small)
  • lemon thyme  purchased in garden
  • rosemary     purchased in garden and on deck in planters, (1 seed growing)
  • tarragon   can’t find anywhere!
  • dill           strays from last year growing in deck planter, purchased in garden (my own didn’t grow)
  • coriander  1 stray from last year by roses, purchased in garden  (my own didn’t grow)
  • lemon balm (Sweet Melissa)  purchased in planter on deck

It was a satisfying day digging in the dirt.  We went when I was about halfway through to buy some herbs, but I can’t find tarragon anywhere.  I have one more place to look, but it’s a little drive.  We’ve had some good rain and some sun so everything is doing very well that was already planted.  I’m almost done.  I have 2/3 of two beds left to plant.  I’m a little disappointed that I only have 2 roma tomatoes, but I’ll have more next year now that my greenhouse is full functional.  Smile 

My Stevia (sweet leaf) plant is all brown and looks very dead.  I don’t have the heart to dump it yet.  I’ve been surprised in the past at what can survive after certain death so I’m leaving it potted and watering it still…..just in case.

Tuesday-May 28, 2013

Warm and humid with rain in the morning.  Sunny in the afternoon.  No gardening again.

How am I ever going to get anything done if the weather doesn’t cooperate with my schedule?  It may sound like I’m taking it lightly, but I’m actually getting very frustrated.

Think positive:

  • the peas are up
  • the onions are getting tall
  • the potatoes are growing well
  • the lettuce and spinach are growing
  • the irises are getting ready to go into full bloom, some already are
  • the roses are getting ready to open
  • all my plants (and weeds, unfortunately) are flourishing

That’s the best I can do today.

Monday- May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Rained all day.  Temp 60 degrees.  No gardening….again.  Sad smile

Sunday- May 26, 2013

Oops, guess I missed Friday, but since I didn’t do anything outside, I didn’t really miss anything.  I found it when I went to publish this one so my days are just a little mixed up instead of missing.

Today’s weather is starting out sunny.  Temp at 6:30 was 44

I think I’ll plant some of my vegetables today, hopefully get my beds filled.  I hope they do ok with they chilly nights.

I was thinking about my herbs and some of my other plants that I started from seed that didn’t make it.  I think I discovered the reason why, but it’s a theory that will have to be tested.  After I got the big greenhouse, I stopped using the mini greenhouses.  That was a mistake because they kept the moisture in the soil for the little seeds and seedlings.  The heat from the big greenhouse was too much for them and they burned up without the added protection.  I’ll find out if this is true when I reseed.  This time, the lids go on and stay on until they are a good size.

Unfortunately, however, I will have to purchase most of my herbs again this year if I want to have any sort of a harvest.  This is how I learn though, so it is a lesson learned for me.  I can say that I learned something new today and it’s not even 8:00 in the morning yet.

So much for my big plans.  By the time I got back from the church the hubby wanted to go for lunch and to Bass Pro Shop.  It’s almost an hour from our house plus eating time and a few more stops and it was dinner time by the time we got home.  No gardening for me today.

Saturday- May 25, 2013

Cold and overcast with occasional sprinkles.  When I say cold, I mean I don’t think it ever hit 60o

It was a busy day inside today.  I only took a little wander around to check on things.

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