Last week’s weather was cold and nasty – as expected. I still have a bit of snow in the shady areas but the rest has melted.Read More
Zinnias are one of my favorite annual flowers. They attract pollinators to my vegetable garden and they make great cut flowers.
They can be started from seed directly in the garden pretty easily. But I have voracious, seedling eating slugs that seem to have a particular fondness for freshly sprouted Zinnia seedlingsRead More
The weather really messed with my plans last week – and it’s supposed to snow this weekend so I don’t think this week is going to be much better. I need some decent weather so I can work on my vegetable garden beds. My lettuce, broccoli and cabbage are getting impatient.Read More
I thought I’d take a few minutes to follow up on some previous posts.
These are some annual flower seedlings that I started back in mid-February in little trays. At that same time I started tomatoes in two 24-cell flats, putting 2 seeds in each cell.Read More
We have some CRAZY weather right now. It forced me to change some plans. It’s been so warm and nice that some of the plants are ahead of themselves and budded out. Well, we are supposed to get some cold – tonight is supposed to get down to 22 F!!!Read More
My native soil is pretty acidic, but some of the plants I want to grow prefer a soil a little closer to neutral. So I try to make them a bit more comfortable by slightly adjusting the soil pH just around the particular plant.Read More
I started these seedlings January 29 by sowing a bunch of seeds together – each type in one container. I just followed the directions on the seed packet. The seedlings have some true leaves now so its time to move them to individual cells to grow on.Read More
I started my tomato seeds this week.
The ground my garden is in has been home to a vegetable garden for probably the last 50+ years (by the previous home owner and then by me). Even though I rotate and mulch and stake and all, I still have some challenges with tomato disease – especially leaf spot. Looking around my neighborhood I think it’s pretty common.Read More
I like to plant some annual flowers in the vegetable garden and tucked in out of the way places so I can cut them and bring them inside without having to worry about leaving my garden beds naked. They also help with pollination! I add the traditional sunflowers, but others as well.Read More
More seed starting this week. This is the time I start my tomatoes because I pot them up from the flats into 4 inch pots a few weeks before they go into the garden. They get a little bigger and have a bit more root mass.Read More
I start my first seeds at the end of January or first week of February. I start onions and some of my flowers including perennial flowers. I also gamble on an early crop of broccoli, cabbage and lettuce.Read More