Monday, April 22, 2013

Plants are in

The strawberries are in.  The first 10 at least.  Im hoping to get maybe a few more.  The 10 I got almost filled the place I had for them, two more would complete the area.  To many more may not grow too well.  I don’t want them too crowded.


Cleaned up

Ready to plant

z All Done

if you look closely, you can see the beginnings of a few strawberries

Monday, April 8, 2013

Worth 1000

Pictures taken around the house during planting months are such a help when thinking about where to plant what when the time comes.

Last summer I took pictures throughout the day on a wonderful sunny early July day. I attempted to take pictures every 4 hrs so I could see where the sun was and be able to add up total sun hrs for various locations.

Unfortunately July is all I got and I blew off getting any pictures for the remaining of the year.  Adding to this, with the removal of all the blackberry canes, I have much more light to areas that were either inaccessible or too covered for planting.

I am lying in wait now for sunny days where I am able to capture sun in the yard.  This year Im hoping to get days in each month from April to Oct.  This way when planning gardening spots next year I am more prepared.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Finally Planting

Home Depot has a wonderful sale going on this week, Bonnie garden plants 5/$10 so with fresh home grown strawberries in mind, I nabbed 10.

We have a wonderful high raised garden bed just outside the kitchen that we grew a small patch of edibles last year that will be perfect for berries.

While I have grander plans for strawberries that includes building of gutters into elaborate shapes it just isnt in the budget this year.

Neither is straw gardens or the “perfect” raised bed so along with the strawberries I got some garden landscape timber (also on sale at Home Depot) and compost to liven up the dirt.

Today will be spent getting fingers dirty, garden areas figured out for this year, strawberries planted and starters started.

Friday, February 8, 2013

More Fog

Can you believe we are back to freezing fog?

I have my containers for peas and the dirt to plant them in.  My aunt came over this week and we discussed a good place for them to grow.  For now they will be placed by the house where they can get most sun but I may be able to grow more later in the season by moving the containers to a much shadier spot but still by a warm building.

I hope to share pics of the after plantings later.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Oh the colors!

Oh Ive got my want on bad!  Ive had the Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator on my oh-gotta-have list for a while.  Then blog surfing this morning and someone pointed out that Excalibur had a glorious 5-tray in red.  Oh my!!

5-Tray Radiant Cherry Excalibur w/Timer

Then I I went to check out their site and found that yes, they do have the 9-tray also in red!

9-Tray Radiant Cherry Excalibur w/Timer

Of course the difference between the normal (black) and the new colors is about $100 and nothing to sneeze at I do love the color!

Spring Peas

Im planning on getting a crop or two of spring peas planted this coming weekend.  I think all I need are some buckets, but may be able to just use the containers Ive got and not have to spend any $$.  That would be a bonus.  My MIL gave me some containers last year that large bushes came in for her landscaping.  They should be large enough to handle at least two pea plants a piece.  My thought is to plant two this weekend and two next weekend and so on for the next month with the hopes of a nice continuous harvest of eatable peas for late spring/early summer.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thinking outside the box

There are times I wish my grey-matter thinking werent so dang black and white.

Here I am wishing/wanting/hoping to have a spring garden going.  And eating all the fresh veggies just that much sooner than the ending of summer.

My garden is not anywhere near being ready for any kind of planting.  So finding ideas like this


I have a bunch of containers that were waiting for later in the season but I can definitely use a few of them for early spring planting.

Peas and possibly broccoli – Here I come!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Finally getting a bit warmer?

My plans from a week or so ago did not pan out.  Promises of 40+ days were just that, promises and gardening in 25-35 deg weather and the ground being colder just doesnt work for me.  Im a warm body at heart so I stayed in and worked on my crafting, which by chance had its own garden so to speak.

This week has warmed up and the threads of freezing fog lifted.  Balmy 35 deg when I woke up this morning and a promise of lows down to 35 is heartening.  Im planning on tackling blackberry canes this weekend and tossing them in the recycle bin.  Not wanting any chance of them possibly going to roost in my wanna-be compost area.  Ive got enough issues with other stuffs there.

Im still wanting to plan something this month or Feb and need to get someplace in the yard ready for anything.

More discussions on G+ Communities on ground cherries is really putting a bug in my head to grow some this year.  Ground Cherries combined with some Goose Berries (same family but a bit larger) I think would be nice looking enough to plant in the front yard where we have a very bare planter section/box right by the house.  As they are in the similar planing needs family as Tomatoes, I think getting the mother load of morning sun and the heat from the house should get them growing quite well.

Summer Squash

Having never eaten (to my knowledge) Patty Pan squash, I bought some and juiced it.  I can say that I cant taste it at all, or I dont think I can - there are a bunch of different veggies and fruit that are dumped into my homemade juices.  Anything could be hidden, except beets but Im still working on a fix for those.  I know that a couple patty pan plants can produce copious amounts of veggies, I wanted to make sure I could sneak them in a juice without too much notice.  Same goes for zucchini.  So I have a couple more veggies to add to the garden.  

Cool Gardening helpers

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Plans, plans, plans

Weather has been so crazy lately.  Cold, freezing and warm.  After it being in the 20’s for a good week its trying to get to high 40’s by the weekend.

Ive been antsy to get going on my garden but good for you food and all that just aint gonna mix with below freezing temps no matter what happens.  I like warm too much.

So Im hoping that there will be time enough this weekend for me to plug into a good book, OverDrive is wonderful for that, and give some invasive blackberries the boot.  It’s a small enough goal for starters.

Ive been saving those plastic containers from salad so I can get some plants started inside.  Ive been on the fence for starting an early spring garden so I can have peas and salad stuffs or hold off until March/April for starting early summer foods.  It’s the pull of wanting to get started now (now, now, now) and holding back until the garden has an actual place to be planted and a bigger chance of being successful.  Time enough for late summer plating for the cooler foods and prep for next spring.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Recycle and Reuse


Look what I received in the mail today!  Wonderful seeds for planting in the garden this year.  Loads of tomatoes, squash, beans and flowers for planting.

I also have a wonderful plan for a cold box – straw bales, old windows and plastic for when its windy and cold.  This plan is thanks to a conversation I had with another g+’er on the Growing Food community.

Bonus using the straw is that it can be used for mulch after the plants have been planted, saving on water and keeping little plants a bit warmer when they need it.

Green Crafts

Blog surfing and I spied a wonderful thing.  Reusing baby food jars for spices

Cleaned jars (I would hope so hehe) and lids painted with chalk board paint so you can mark and erase as need be.

I love this idea for its multiple usability.  As Im getting my garden going, herbs will be a big part of that.  I love making pesto using basil from my own garden (yumm!!)  Baby jars at least look like they give a bigger space than the jars purchased in the store.

And you can use them for saved seeds, or left over seeds, or travel ort jar.  Im sure you can come up with other ideas.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Growing Towers

Checking out Pinterest this morning I found the cutest idea for a garden tower.

diy garden

Ive been checking out towers to use for growing spaces in my front yard as that place needs to look much better and nicer (curb appeal and all that) than anything I do in the back.  And Ive been wanting to grow things that love to send runners when and where I may not want them (Im talking to you mint & strawberries)

This type of arrangement would be nice in a smallish space for herbs, strawberries or salad mix.

If you decide to so something like this check out your local thrift shops for the planters – I saw loads of terra cotta pots just this week at my local Goodwill.  For the rebar, check out a Habitat-for Humanity Restore if you’ve got them.  Rebar could be found for cheaper than at a Big Box store.  Drawback is you wont have someone to cut one down to size for you or they may not have any.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Getting Started

Welcome to my companion blog that I will be focusing on my homestead garden.

Ive spent the last year reading, watching and learning all I could so I would feel empowered in the creation of my first garden.

I hope to use this area for keeping all the wonderful ideas I find out in the interwebs. Ive already found so much and its currently in so many places, here I can hopefully be able to find everything a bit easier.

Now that its January, its really time to get moving for this year.  Now I wasn’t good and didn’t get my ground garden ready in late fall so my raised beds that will be a mix of backyard dirt and needed extras will have to do this year.  It will be enough to make the beds and get the seeds and plants for a good first garden this year.