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Spring Garden's Progress PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:34

The weather is definitely getting more unpredictable around here. One day I'm sweating and wearing shorts, the next I'm back in my winter coat! If I'm not happy with this I don't think some of the plants in my garden are either. I noticed that seeds were slow to germinate, probably because of the colder temperatures. Fortunately, we did get lots of rain. The plants prefer rain water over the chlorinated water from the hose or tap. The lettuce, radish and peas are all doing well with the colder temps. The two container blueberry plants are producing lots of berries which I am hoping the greedy mockingbird doesn't find before we get to them. The blueberries liked spending the winter outside and produced lots of flowers and the bumblebees couldn't seem to get enough of them. The poor tomatoes, apricots and basil are not thriving in this cold. Seeing your breath in the cold on Memorial Day weekend is kinda odd. Next time I'll cover the flowers here in the city garden. Pictured below is the tiny garden's progress...

spring cherry tomato

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:08
Happy Spring! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 April 2013 09:15

Here are a few views of my city garden's progress

Orange and Red Tulips
Early spring garden view

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 09:29
Spring Residents in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 April 2013 14:57

It's finally warm and windless enough to work outside. The winds for the last week or so put a damper on trying to plant seeds. But, at last, today is a decent day to add soil and plant a few seeds. Here are a few current garden residents:
Yellow Pansy April 2013<
Yellow Pansy

Tiny yellow daffodils

Cat Guarding the Garden

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:09
Growing in the winter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:38

It's been a long winter and we can't wait to see it end. Thing was, it wasn't all that cold again. About two snowstorms this year of any real significance. This year the orchids have been pretty dormant, having been moved and just now starting to have buds on them.

Swiss Chard has been growing outside in the raised box with the help of plastic when it got below freezing. We dispensed with the coldframe and just had kale and chard growing outside in the box.

Swiss Chard

Here is a shot of one of the winter bay window dwellers


Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:58
Still enjoying the harvest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:36

We are eating the chives, parsley and chard. Some of these are still going strong outside. The chard and kale grow well into the cold weather, only being stopped by a hard freeze. Chard and kale are now favorites on the menu. These dark green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamins. The Kale is delicious steamed and then lightly fried w/ onion, oil, spike seasoning (or the herb/spice of your choice). The chard, which is not as strong a taste as spinach, makes a good substitute for lettuce in a salad. These two vegetables also provide fiber along with the vitamin benefits.

Tomatoes ripening in the sun. They were harvested and allowed to ripen in a brown paper bag. Then they are removed to ripen in the sun on the windowsill or in the bay window.

Winter Tomatoes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:59
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