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Published by Karl on 27 Mar 2016

Other Signs of Life

I mean, I just planted them, so soon anyhow. I hope.

garden bedsToday I started planting my early spring plants. Of course that was after I prepped the garden having let it go wild towards the end of the last growing season. I removed weeds and turned over the soil in the beds and removed any fresh oak sprouts which seem to come up like weeds themselves at this time of year. I also mulched around the garden beds using the mulch which had been sitting in my driveway since late last spring. Shows how involved I was with the garden last year. Anyhow, there wasn’t enough to go around all the garden beds as I had to use some around the plants in the front yard as well. I will have to get some more this year and then use it immediately.

the long bedsAs is my habit, I like to rotate the beds. You know, just mix it up a little. So this year the long beds are starting off with snow peas, brussels sprouts, lettuce, swiss chard and, spinach. I always seem to start my early plants very late, so this year I figured that it’s spring already so lets get cracking. There are plants already sprouting in the yard, my seeds should join all the fun. I hope.

I’m still not sure what is going in the garden this year. I haven’t bothered starting any seeds indoors. After last year when my seeds all stopped at the cotyledon stage, I got very frustrated. Better to leave that bit to other people for now. Or, just plant the seeds directly at the right time and hope the birds and other critters don’t dig them up first. I think I will have to search for someplace that has a larger variety of tomatoes than the Usual home center. That is important to me.

Published by Karl on 27 May 2014

The Site (not the Land) Lay Fallow

Gardener’s Update for May 27, 2014.

While I’ve been busily not blogging, I have been busy prepping and planting (and bike riding and cleaning).

Having free time doesn’t mean it’s all dedicated to the garden. I have taken up a new health challenge at work which means actively riding my bike more frequently (just did 17.75 miles yesterday). Much like with the garden, the weather has not been very conducive to bike riding until recently. With the memorial day weekend, temperatures have risen to almost too warm, which is good for gardening and biking. To be fair, my time has been divided between spring cleaning, gardening, and biking. so, I have not been ignoring the garden you see.

My girlfriend Chelsea and I have been working hard. All beds are turned over and weeded. Tomatoes of 4 varieties have been planted. Cucumber is climbing it’s netting. Lettuces are sprouting (I know, very late) as is swiss chard (also very late). Herbs are in the ground and not looking any worse for the transplant. Not looking any better either. My old potatoes which I would recycle for next season didn’t make it this year so I got some starter potatoes which are growing like gangbusters.

The remaining bed is awaiting the arrival of carrot and beet seeds. Yes people, I know this is all very late. Get off my back. I am fine with any of my plants being ready whenever they feel like it. I look forward to enjoying them all whenever.

On the other side of the house there is a lot going on as well. My mother has decided to plant some bushes and hostas to fill in a bit. It is really starting to look nice. We will be ordering a cubic yard of mulch and indulging in lots of weed control, something I have been meaning to do for years.

Published by Karl on 04 Apr 2014

Mom was Right

Seedlings Gardener’s Update for April 4, 2014.

Well, the weather has still been unpleasant enough to keep me from getting the garden going. I have been thinking about it a lot, but of course, when I have the time, the weather is not being nice. I’m hoping to get some work done tomorrow.

That being said, it isn’t like I’m not planning and preparing. We have recently (all be it late) started the seedlings for the plants. My mother warned me that even after storing my seeds in the freezer there is a good chance they will go bad. Of course I refuse to believe her. So far, she has proven to be partially correct.

Three out of four of the several year old tomato seeds have started to sprout. The cucumbers are all going like gang busters. But the herbs are proving to be jerks. All of the regular basil has started growing and about a third of the purple basil has also started. Surprisingly, I have two cilantro seedlings. (Cilantro has proven to be my nemesis in the past.) And of course, my other nemesis, dill, is still M.I.A. as are the peppers.

More to come…

Published by Karl on 11 Jun 2013

Gardener’s Update for June, 11

Meh, my heart isn’t much in it this year. Sure, I planted a bunch of vegetables, but so what? I haven’t spent the time in the backyard this year to make it work.

The lettuce I planted all bolted and flowered. I just cleaned out a bed of those beauties. Amazingly, my spinach hasn’t bolted. My mother made a very taste spinach salad the other day.My tomatoes are planted, and several of the small plants already showed signs of blight. Okay, a couple are also showing a couple of little yellow flowers, so all is not lost.

But still, haven’t planted any beets or carrots, which I enjoy. Haven’t planted the potatoes which I am pretty sure don’t care if I plant them or not anymore. Oh where has my inspiration gone? Seriously, I just can’t be bothered this year.

Dang.

Published by Karl on 13 May 2013

Gardener’s Update for May 13

Just a quick update today. I just filled the new beds I started last year with dirt, peat moss and manure. Last year I made the frames, but couldn’t afford to top them off at the time. They became areas of lawn segregated from the rest of the lawn.

Last weekend I turned over the soil, placing the roots on top and the grass on the bottom. In the ensuing week, they have remains that way, with most of the grass evidently being smothered and the roots starving. Today I laid down 8 bags of garden soil, 2 bags of manure, and 1 bag of peat moss. Mixed it all together and spread it out. It just slightly bulges above the edges of the beds, but I expect it to settle in nicely.

Tight now the beds have maple tree seeds planted in them, mostly because it’s that time of year and it can’t be avoided. I will be covering the beds with a garden fabric to keep the weeds and the maples down. The beds will be the home to tomato plants which are going in next weekend. I also plan to plant some zucchini on the edges of the beds as well.

I would just like to take one moment to notch about the ridiculous price of dirt. The list I mentioned above, plus an extra bag of peat cost me $102. $102 for bags of dirt and manure!? Prices of everything have become ridiculous. I plant the garden to save many on produce during the summer. Well, at least next year I won’t have to buy so much, just a little manure to refresh the soil. Still, does nothing inexpensive anymore?

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