Seeds Are Ordered

I finally ordered my seeds on March 15. I ordered from RH Shumway this year. I was going to order from Burgess seed company, but I saw so many bad reviews that I changed my mind. It cost about $40 more from this company, but they have a lot of organic seed and a much larger variety so naturally I found more seeds that I wanted. I’m trying a few different things this year. I am not doing onions or potatoes because I didn’t have much luck with either of them last year. I am trying celery for the first time this year.

I ordered a bunch of different herbs so that I can grow some in my herb garden and still have a bunch on my deck in pots. I really missed that last year. I need to buy my seed starter soil and get everything ready for when my seeds arrive, hopefully soon. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
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Gardengirl

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Wednesday-May 22, 2013

Weather was fickle today.  The temperature was consistent in the upper 70s, but it couldn’t make up its mind to rain or be sunny so it did both all day.  I would call it mostly cloudy and overcast though.

Greenhouse plants look good, the ones that are growing at least.  Onions are doing phenomenally well, lettuce and spinach are sprouting and I believe the peas are as well.  This morning I noticed that the sweet potatoes are getting new leaves….and my husband doubted me.

The tomatoes that I planted are standing up straight and tall.  I think they are happy to be able to stretch their roots!

New purchases:  seeds

  1. Cabbage (Red Acre) – Burpee (Organic)
  2. Chives (Garlic) – Burpee (Organic)
  3. Swiss Chard (Red and White Mix) – Burpee (Organic)
  4. Canterbury Bells (Cup and Saucer Mix) – Burpee
  5. Nasturtium (Jewel Mix) – Burpee

Sunday-May, 19, 2013

Mint leaves.

Mint leaves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Herbs: Thyme, oregano and rosemary

Herbs: Thyme, oregano and rosemary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunny and high of 90o

This morning we had some shopping to do and I bought 3 herbs that I don’t have, hot and spicy oregano, lemon thyme (yumm!), and orange mint.  I love trying different spices.  I wanted lemon thyme because I had it last year and loved it.  I had never heard of hot and spicy oregano, but the tag said it was good in Mexican dishes which I love!  Our area is known for growing mint.  As a matter of fact, on Father’s Day weekend there is a Mint Festival is a nearby town.  I like trying all the different kinds of mint.  In my other blog, Crazywonderfullife, I mentioned last summer that I found spearmint growing wild in my yard.  That was really exciting.  I also have a ton of catmint.  I had to try the orange mint.  I also saw several other kinds that I had never heard of including sweet mint and grapefruit mint.  I may have to go back and get those.  Winking smile

When we came home I watered the plants in the greenhouse, planted the orange mint in a hanging basket and hung it up, and filled another 4×4 raised bed with dirt and planted the oregano and lemon thyme in it.  I also planted some peas in the garden and transplanted the goji and stevia into large planters for now because I can’t decide where to put them in the yard.  I planted the lemon grass out front at the end of a split rail fence that marks our property line.  I did decide on a place for the elderberry bushes though.  I’ll plant them tomorrow.

I have four things that haven’t sprouted yet in the greenhouse, coriander, rosemary, delphinium and tritoma.  I’m a little disappointed, but maybe they’re just slow growers.  I have more seeds for each of them so I can start over if I have to.

That’s all for today!

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Friday-May 3, 2013

Upper 50’s with light rain.  No garden work, but bought marigold seeds while shopping.  I’m upset that my brussels sprouts all died except one and I can’t find more seeds in any stores.  I have one more store to try.  If not there, then I’ll have to wait until next year.  Hopefully will get out in yard some tomorrow.

Tuesday-April 30, 2013

Sunny and 85 today.  Was outside by 7:30 this morning working in the yard.  It was a weeding and pruning day.  I weeded and trimmed dead seed pods and stalks in the front mailbox garden.  I lost 1 mum and had to pull it out and I still need to prune the runners from the lilac.  I cut off the old vine from the morning glory on the split rail fence and pruned the lilac out front.  It had a lot of sprouts and dead wood.  I don’t want it to spread through the yard so I cut all the sprouts off and one had a big chunk of root that came out with it with lots of the little capillary roots so I took it over to Karen’s and planted it.  Her back yard completely burned last year and she asked for a lilac a while back.

I weeded the roses on the west side of the house.  No pruning required.  They have a ton of leaves and new growth this year so I’m very pleased with them.  My attention is paying off.  I found a surprise growing among the weeds and roses, a cilantro plant!

I also weeded the corner where the hydrangea is on the southeast corner of the house and pruned the lilac over there by the deck.

The new Magnolia tree that Sharon gave me last fall is doing well and the leaves just started popping out of the buds today.  John thought it was dead, but what does he know.  He thought I was crazy for nursing the weeping cherry back to life and it’s amazing now!

More tulips are opening up now.  The purple ones up front by the driveway and the black (dark purple) ones in the garden on the back of the house are now open.

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The rest of my plants are growing nicely, getting nice and tall and the white hosta is starting to grow a little better.

I need to move some tulip bulbs so that they aren’t interfering with other plants and I need to move the giant peach irises because the lilac by the flower box is so big now that they are underneath it and won’t be able to grow without getting tangled up in it.

In the green house, I watered everything.  I can see the seeds swelling and sprouting for the broccoli and cauliflower that I just planted.  The watering must have uncovered them, but they should be fine.  No tomato or herb sprouts yet and no flower sprouts yet.  I prepared some more peat pots for seeds, but didn’t get them planted yet.

A busy and productive day and that was just the morning.  I did hurt my back though, so I probably won’t be able to do much tomorrow.

Saturday- April 27, 2013

Today was sunny and 70 F.

I planted seeds for broccoli, cauliflower, thyme, basil, rosemary, and coriander.  I also planted flower seeds for delphinium, coreopsis, and something else that I can’t remember the name of, but I’m too lazy to go back out to the greenhouse and look.  I’ll note it down tomorrow.  I also watered my Goji berry bush which I need to plant and I potted some lemon grass.  When I saw how big it will get I realized that it will have to planted in the yard also, but it’s happy for now.

Everything is tucked away snug in the greenhouse for the night.

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