Thursday, September 6, 2012

Talk about letting go! This has been a tough year for gardening, especially with a seed mix that is supposed to love moisture. It was very hot and very dry most of the summer. The grass went dormant and small shrubbery died. My swampy patch was parched, and I chose to barely keep it alive. I get perennials so I don't have to DO much. Did I mention it was HOT? Not enjoyable at all. However! I have had some success. Of 30 varieties, I have had healthy, blooming plants of 6 species. I am pleased with that in what is really their first year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Letting Grow


It is unbelievable how much of what came up is weeds. I am so disappointed. :o( I took great care in preparing the seeds and soil, and for all my expense and effort, I get Lamb's Quarters, Velvet Leaf, Nightshade and Nettles. Oh, and Shoe Spam.
There is ONE plus down in that weed patch this year, and that is my Phlox have never looked so good.

Friday, June 17, 2011

GERMINATION!!!!!

I was so surprised to see the little sprouts, I squealed out loud. Did you hear me? lol. It can't all be weeds. It will take a couple more weeks till I can attempt to identify anything.
Meanwhile in other areas, the peonies, hesperis and lupines have come and gone. Currently blooming are a coreopsis and one from a hummingbird/butterfly mix I will edit in a photo for, and try to identify
The 10 year old is trying to eat my mouse. Summer School starts Monday!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

All In

It has been about a week now since I raced the rumbling rain storm to put in the remainder of my wildflower seed mix. It has rained enough to keep my rain barrel full for watering on dry days. We will need some warmth to really get them going.
I am enjoying getting down there all I can. At first, I imagined myself just sitting on the bench among the flowers, watching the birds and butterflies. I am actually finding it pleasant to be down there working on it. Good thing, because lack of tending is where my gardens have always failed.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FINALLY

The 2 large beds have been planted! I mixed the cold seeds in sand with damp peat moss. I dribbled that over the prepared beds amended with fancy MiracleGro Garden soil. I raked through that with my fingers and topped it all of with, what else? Top soil. I watered it all pretty heavily, but expect to need to continue watering, as rainfall has been sparse. Good thing the rain barrel is off a major line of eaves troughs. It went from nearly empty to nearly full (60 gallons) after just one morning's rain.
It feels very good to have the bulk of it planted. There was always something in the way of getting it done. As it was, I worked on the soil in 90 degree heat and put in another hour this evening. That is how it has to be. I very seldom have large spans of time to myself, especially now that school's out.
In other areas, I have a happy Baptisia Australis coming along... Lupines from a friend last year are blooming now. Sweet peas are a good 6" high. The kitchen garden boasts cilantro, garlic and onions a-plenty, great all-around growth, including blossoms on pepper and tomato plants. Fresh herbs add so much to a dish. I bought good starter plants of Basil, Oregano and Thyme, so I have been able to use them already. mmm

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Moss

Sources say that moss can be propagated by blending bits of it with beer then spreading it over where you want it to grow. I did not use beer or a blender. Having a lot of moss to start with, I just pulled it off of dirt and took out weeds, then tossed it into a bucket of rainwater. After I created a smooth dirt path, i distributed the moss bits over it. I sprinkled a bit more soil on top and walked over it barefoot to hopefully make good contact. I watered it with a little added Miracle-Gro. Last night it rained, so either my mossy path is on its way, or has floated into the neighbor's yard.

Friday, May 20, 2011

More Slow than Steady

but it still beats Fast and Fizzle. I have been preparing the soil for planting. It would be much easier if there were no plants there that I want to keep. I will be stuck with some weeds amongst the firmly-rooted asters, but at least I'll have the asters in September. I'll have to till through the dug-up parts one more time and then buy some good garden soil - probably at least one big bag of compost/manure. By that time my seeds will have been in the fridge for about a month. Minimal, but better than nothing.