Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I have been upset about my asparagus for about a week and a half. I'm new to growing asparagus, so I'm not quite sure if I'm doing everything right. I finally have asparagus that I can harvest. The big heartbreak of this spring was that after three years of waiting, I thought that only about a third of my asparagus made it through the winter [and perhaps some inadequate watering on my part late last summer].
While about a third of my asparagus plants looked like this clump
the other two-thirds looked like this clump.
If I had only been patient, I wouldn't have worried. It took about a week and a half for some of the other clumps to emerge.
Monday, March 28, 2011
I live in such a fantasy world when it comes to planning what to do in my garden. I finished a lot of the tasks, but I didn't finish it all. I had a dream of having daffodils on my front porch this spring, but I never got around to potting up any bulbs this winter. It probably would have been a bad idea anyway, since the *(^&*%^&^(&%%$@ squirrels dig up most anything that I put on the porch. I have a HUGE oak tree in my front yard with tens of thousands of acorns that fall all over my lawn. You would think that the acorns would be enough. No, no, no. They would rather dig up my porch plants and fling them all over the place than eat the readily available acorns.
Anyhow, back to the topic. I also didn't get to cleaning out the garage. My niece is spend the year teaching English in France. All her furniture is in my garage. I'm not sure that I can really do much with the garage until she gets her own place. I also haven't done much with the yard.
I HAVE at least gotten most of my seed planting finished. My seedlings look great and will soon be ready to harden off. My tomatoes are about 8 inches tall with healthy looking stems and leaves. Thank goodness for grow lights!
This next weekend, I'm going to focus on cleaning up the yard. I'll finish cleaning out the beds, mow over the bagged leaves that I have, use the shredded leaves for mulch, and put more mulch down in the muddy area on the north side of my house that the dogs run through.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I want more rosemary plants for my garden, my sister, & Gaynell, my neighbor. I decided to try starting some from cuttings.
I bought a rosemary plant that with several branches. I cut off each branch, leaving about a half an inch of green on each branch on the plant. I want to still use the mother plant.
Then I cut each branch in half and stripped off the lower leaves from each section. I dipped the leafless stems in rooting hormone.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
We're having another Central Indiana Plant Swap on May 15th! Please come and bring your gardening friends and family. Information about the event is posted below. I also have several posts from last year about how I prepared for the event, what kinds of plants that I took (to give you some ideas of what I might take this year), and what the event was like.
Posted on the Gardenweb Get-Together Forum:
One of last year's participants organizing her 'loot'
Posted on the Gardenweb Get-Together Forum:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm so excited! I have asparagus coming up. Each plant is producing fairly prolifically. Many of the spears are at least as big around as my fingers. I'm going to be able to harvest them for the first time this year!!!!
This is what my asparagus looked like on Monday.
Here's what it looks like today.
My first 'big' harvest of the year was two spears.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I also planted the cloves from the organic garlic that I bought at the grocery store. I planted them about an inch deep and four inches apart.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Yesterday, I got to plant some vegetables. I intended to plant peas, onions, and carrots, but I ran out of time to plant the peas. I'll have to plant them later in the week.
To plant the onion sets, I put on a garden glove and poke 2" holes in the soil, about 3" apart. Then I drop in a tiny onion. Finally, I cover up the hole and water the planted onions.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
My garden is waking up from its long winter's sleep:
the lamb's ear is small and fuzzy,
the rudibeckia is peaking through the leaves, and
of course, the weeds growing between the stones in my patio are the most prolific.