April 6th Gardening

| April 6, 2013

I have been enjoying free classes on gardening at one of our nearby nurseries, and this week’s class was about shade gardens. I find that it’s very important to grow what works in your area. Too many places sell plants that are not meant for the local climate zone. Additionally, what is a perennial down […]

Good Friday 2013

| April 5, 2013

I woke up 1am to hail! The next day I found all my begonias that I had painstakingly rooted by hand with (luckily tiny little) holes in their leaves. I lost a few tomato plants but I planted 50 plants for a reason. Out of the 50 tomato plants I planted, I’ve still got more than […]

Last week in March 2013

| April 3, 2013

Well, we had two nights with temperatures just a bit below freezing. This meant that I got to learn how to protect my baby tomato plants. I used six bed sheets, some clothes pins, and some rocks along the edge of the raised bed to keep the sheets to the ground. Lesson #1 I lost […]

Update to Tricky Planting Instructions

| March 13, 2013

As I feared, the tricky-instruction seeds were forgotten in the bottom of my refrigerator. After the 60-degree time frame was up, I moved all the seeds to the bottom drawer of  the fridge and promptly forgot them. After 30 days and an additional 10-day stay, I remembered them. The seeds had sprouted in each of […]

Tricky Planting Instructions

| February 22, 2013

When our seeds arrived in the mail, some of them had instructions I have never seen before. The Chamomile, Hollyhocks, Butterfly Weed, Bachelor’s Buttons, Aster and Foxglove all needed the same treatment. The recommendation is to place the seeds in damp peat moss and keep them at 60 degrees for 3 days. I labeled six […]