Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Comin’ Right Along !


I’m so proud of my garden!  I think it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!  I picked a few yellow squash, one zucchini, some turnip greens & lettuce yesterday.  YUMMY!

Everything seems to be doing so much better than last year.  I don’t know if it’s the lime I put down in the Fall or the fish emulsion I’ve been using to fertilize with ….  or the combination of the two.  Either way ..  I’m happy with the results!

The lot is unlevel and water drains to the left and back which was creating a problem with the PVC pipe irrigation we rigged up.  So we got some weeping type flat hose and ran down the rows that we were having problems with.  I only have to hand water the front beds, the greens bed & the potatoes.

I’m using the Florida Weave method of tying up the tomato plants and so far I like it.  I’m using last year tomato cages on the Anaheim pepper plants, tomatillos.  Honestly, I HATE tomato cages.  They are so hard for me to get pushed into the ground and most of the time I end up  having to stake the plant anyway because the wind seems to manage to blow it all over.  The pepper plants should be fine though since they won’t get nearly as big and heavy as a tomato plant.

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This little space of mine …


We own the lot directly across the street from our house. We put a cyclone fence around it … good fences make good neighbors…  right?  But that hasn’t worked out as well as I had planned. So I’m hoping my newly planted Giant Thuja trees will grow as fast as advertised … 3-5 feet a year … and help me create a more private garden space..

I recycled our old mailbox into a garden tool storage box. I saw the idea on gardening site so I kicked it up a notch and stenciled some designs on it and put it at ‘kid level’ so my grandkids can keep their things in it too.

 
I made the girls twirl sundresses for the summer and we put the serger scraps out for the birds to use for their nests.

Strawberry plants are in the pot and doing great … and the view of ‘my little piece of Heaven’ looks great from my front porch!

Gardening 2011 Style


After spending $60 + last year for garden plants I decided to grow my own for this year. I still may purchase some but for the most part, I’m using my own home grown. I asked the ladies I work with to save the toilet paper rolls for me and that’s what I’m using to make seed starters.
The toilet paper rolls are biodegradable so I don’t have to transplant them to another container – I have put some of the earlier tomatoe plants in 4″ peat pots just because it would be a few more weeks before I transplanted them to the garden. My kitchen window is full of heirloom tomatoe plants … Campbell’s & Brandywine.

The toilet paper rolls are biodegradable so I don’t have to transplant them to another container – I have put some of the earlier tomatoe plants in 4″ peat pots just because it would be a few more weeks before I transplanted them to the garden. My kitchen window is full of heirloom tomatoe plants … Campbell’s & Brandywine.

I’m using milk jugs cut nearly in half as mini greenhouses. After the seedlings have a pretty good start I’m moving them over to plastic shoe box containers so I can keep them watered from the bottom.

So far ar I’ve been pleased with the results. However, I bought some seed starter from Dollar General Store that I’m very unhappy with. At least 1/2 of the seedling starts have soured & has grown mushrooms! I’ll stick to Jiffy from now on.

Friday was such a beautiful day – my grands, Kaylie & Carter, helped me plant Purple Hull & Cream peas and okra after I got the rows made. We had so much fun and I hope they have fond memories of the day just as I do of the many times I helped my grandparents with their gardens when I was their age.

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