Thursday, June 14, 2012
On the down side, I've also discovered peach leaf curl on my peach tree, and have been spraying it with a sulfur fungicide. I had a bout of it last year, but just picked off the few infected leaves. This year, it was too serious to not treat.
I'll try to post some beautiful photos in a day or two, but I've had trouble uploading them.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Veggies: I've already harvested some (greenhouse-grown) lettuce. My spinach and kale are up and doing well. I've put in my summer crops, including tomatoes, celery, cukes, green beans and corn (new this year). Also planted my potatoes, and put in a new "batch" of asparagus bare-root plants -- which necessitated clearing out a raised bed in the back yard previously dedicated to ornamentals. It gets more sun now than when I built it, so I moved some shade-friendly plants (sweet woodruff, geranium, and ligularia) to more dappled spots in the front garden.
Flowers: Moved my perennial bachelor buttons to the sidewalk strip, as they take up a lot of room and tended to overwhelm the area where they were. Last fall I ripped out a lot of the yarrow in the sidewalk strip (it'll come back, alas), and created lots of space to put in a greater variety of plants. So along with the bachelor buttons there's now a lot of lupine, day lilies, gayfeather, rudbeckia, and some others I'll identify later in the year.
Seeding: I put in a lot of sunflower seeds here and there -- 5-6 foot giants. We'll see how they do, and the squirrels have tended to find most of them in the past.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Finally got around to doing some planting.
Well, I take that back. Last weekend I put my peas in the ground -- in pots so that I can grow snap peas up the front railing, and in the window box that's attached to my fence, so that I can trail the peas down and along the picket fence. What the hey.
Today, along with general Spring garden cleanup (mostly removing the leaf mulch from around the roses and the butterfly bushes), I prepared my raised bed with some lobster compost, then planted a mesclun mix, two types of carrots (little fingers and cosmic purple), Siberian kale, and giant winter spinach.
In my verge I also scattered the remained of the echinacea and rudbeckia seeds that I had collected last year and given away as stocking stuffers to friends and family. The remainder will hopefully fill out where I dug up a lot of the yarrow, which I'm getting tired of.
Alas, I was too busy to have started no seeds this year, so I guess I won't be eating my favorite cucumbers nor taking a shot at growing artichokes as an annual.