Sunday, March 23, 2014
It's no secret that I drive myself nuts trying to get ready for the spring plant sale. This year, I'm doubly crazy since we have a Rain Barrel Art Auction the week before the sale. Yup, color me nuts.
Today I did a quick inventory and came up with 1092 seedlings in the greenhouses. Two friends are also growing for me and/or supplying bulbs for the sale. When K said she had lots of colorful Swiss Chard, it made me realize I had totally missed counting what was on the side porch. But wait - there's more! I know the number will go up. But it's good to know that we have quite a variety of veggies, herbs and some pollinators.
Cleaned up and reset the grow beds. All the plants are much happier!
Some of the tomatoes. Growing nine varieties.
in the big Greenhouse, which has already been reset since I took this. 28 degrees tonight.
Seeded summer and winter squash, cukes and watermelon today. I like unusual varieties!
Exciting news! Hub's Plant Totem is now for sale in the local garden center! He took an empty one to show and they asked for a potted one. No problem since I had several already! I have lettuces in one, herbs in another and strawberries in several.
I'm also working on a double pallet garden for the master gardener's demonstration garden. I'll post pics when that is up. Spring has definitely sprung. Bring on the warm weather!
If you haven't visited the website, please do! www.Hamptongrows.org
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure.
Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden:
I couldn't find any pics of the pink, but here's a cool shot:
I'm big on feeding the pollinators since they really help me out. We plant for the humming birds, finches, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects, sometimes by accident. I missed picking the leeks, so they flowered. Now I plant a patch for me and some for them.
I watched a bee make his way around a sunflower last year, collecting pollen as he went. I call this "Drunk on Pollen".
We moved the garden to higher ground and added more plants. I can't wait to see what comes to visit this year!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
After counting this morning, I have 195 seedlings in 4 inch pots, 36 smaller pots of lemon basil and three flats of seedlings waiting for their new home in the little greenhouse. About 150 of those are different varieties of tomatoes. In the big greenhouse, potted up three colors of Milkweed, three kinds of eggplants, purple cayenne, purple and green cauliflower and tons of flowers. I am almost out of room, since I "graciously" gave up some space for the aquaponics. Here's a shot from half hour ago.
This is pre-fish. We have about 90 fish in three tanks right now and will receive Australian crawfish on Monday. They are the clean up crew. Who knew little fishes could poop so much???
Grow beds atop the fish tanks:
(We had some issues with the fish food going through the system, thus the sponges. They are gone now after installing a filter system.
These guys are tilapia fingerlings, waiting to move to the big tanks!
So now you know what I've been up to!
Monday, February 17, 2014
I read this article this morning about the Olympic athletes and how they push themselves to continue to work out and work at their goals. The part about focusing on your goals and reminding yourself every day of your goals is one we can all utilize.
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