After hauling to many loads of soil over the rough, rough ground, none of us were up to doing it again today. So our Sunday remained a day of rest! We did still go out to soak down the beds we are working on, though, along with other watering and checking of things. There is … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: seed planning, a furry mushroom, and oops!
Our first direct sown seeds are in! This morning, I got the peas planted in their new beds. I also added our first line of defense against birds and deer: flappy, noisy grocery bags. As soon as we can, those will be replaced with whirligigs, wind chimes, flags, flashy things - whatever we can find … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: peas are in, and other progress
My daughters and I have spent quite a bit of time, working out where to plant what, so we know where to build beds to plant in. Then I realized we completely forgot about the purple asparagus crowns that will be shipped later, to arrive at time of planting in our zone 3 region. We'd … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: unplanned garden bed
Little bitty sprooooots actually showed up a couple of days ago, but they were so tiny, I didn't bother trying to take a picture through the glass of the tank. So far, only the Spoon tomatoes have started to show, not the Mosaic mix, though some of the bunching onions emerged even earlier. I unpacked … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: we have tomato babies!
A while back, I used a satellite image to plan where we could plant our garden this year. Getting a gasp of dimensions was difficult on this, though, but at least it could be used as a guide. Things need to be pretty flexible at this point, anyhow. With the snow clearing away, we have … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: plotting
Today, we took advantage of the warmer weather and dug up our two potato beds. The first one got done fairly early in the morning, before we headed to the city. Having already dug up a few of them earlier, I had some idea of what to expect, but I have zero experience with growing … Continue reading Potato beds put to bed
I just couldn't resist sharing these photos! I'm happy to say that last night's frost seems to have had no effect on the sunflowers at all. The only leaves with frost damage that I saw were leaves that had first been broken by the high winds we had a few days ago. Right now, we've … Continue reading In the sun
Today, I headed out to pick the apples off of one of our crabapple trees. This is the one that has such bright red, sweet apples. It also ripens earlier than the other trees. Last year, most of the apples disappeared before I had a chance to harvest them, so I wanted to get them … Continue reading Crab apple picking
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!
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