Just check out these sunflowers! We now have two seed heads on the originally planted giant varieties, opening up. The first one to start opening is getting big enough, the stalk is starting to droop quite a bit - which means short little me can see it better! 😀 Nice to see the pollinators busy … Continue reading Oh, sunny day!
Among the things we chose to plant for our first garden since moving out here were Yukon Gem potatoes. My view when it comes to planting potatoes is, since they are so inexpensive and easy to find in the grocery stores, we'll choose a variety that are not available unless we plant them ourselves. Yukon … Continue reading First!
One of the things we planted this spring was a couple of rows of kohl rabi (or is it kohlrabi? I have seen it both ways...). They have not done well. Of all that we planted, there were about 4 surviving plants that sprouted. Of those, a couple got et by deer. The last two, … Continue reading Holy Kohlrabi!
It's a good thing we started so many squashes, and ended up transplanting them as such different times. The ones that sprouted later and got transplanted later got missed by that last frost of the season, and have been quite prolific. A couple of frost damaged ones in the first bed, both zucchini, recovered enough … Continue reading Follow up: frost damaged squash
I got to follow up on a couple of things this evening. We hit 32C/89F today, so once things got cooler, I headed out to water the garden beds. Yesterday evening, after letting the silicon sealant cure for more than 24 hours, I filled the rain barrel by the garden, so today was the litmus … Continue reading Following up on things
The grapes are looking so great! Our first summer here, when we found the grapes among the overgrown spirea, the ripe grapes were barely bigger than the seeds. I was still excited, because... we had grapes! And they made great jelly (this from someone who does NOT like jams and jellies), and still tasted great, … Continue reading Ripening
This morning, I emptied the can of Plasit Dip on the cracks in the rain barrel. Yesterday, I found a couple of hoola hoops at a dollar store in town, and this afternoon, I dug out the role of window screen mesh we found while cleaning out the basement. I hadn't quite figured out how … Continue reading Garden rain barrel, done!
I've just come back from adding a second layer of Plasti Dip to the picnic table legs and rain barrel, before starting on cooking. Then I realized I completely forgot to share a couple of things in my gardening post! This is one of them; a friend among the cucamelons! When watering the garden beds, … Continue reading Little Extras
We had a really hot day today, so when things cooled down enough, I went out to water the garden plots and sunflowers. Which is when I found this. All the leaves on one side of this one have been eaten! This is the first of the large sunflowers that has had this kind of … Continue reading More deer damage, and a medical update
Of the first sunflowers that we planted, several of them are now taller than me! Unfortunately, the smaller ones from the second planting are still having deer issues. Right next to the nearest sunflower in the above picture is this one. This is one of the ones that had had its head bitten off a … Continue reading Sunflower finds