Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The photo above it the shriveled up remains of what they must have dug up over the winter. I replanted it in the front bed. I hope that it's not too far gone. The other iris that I planted at the same time look like this:
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I'm so behind in my gardening this spring. I've been traveling a lot for work, so my gardening time has been limited. I am about a month late in getting my peas planted. I don't feel too bad, because a fellow Indianapolis gardener, Minji at thyme2gardennow, posted last week that her peas had just come up.
I always plant my peas along my picket fence so that the fence can serve as a trellis. I usually just poke a hole in the soil with my finger, but the soil is a little too compacted this year. Instead, I used a 3/4" drill spade that I slipped into an interchangable screwdriver. Making the right sized holes with it was easy.
I popped two peas into each hole since my pea seeds are old. The seeds are three years old, but pea seeds are viable for 3 years according to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. After placing the peas in the hole, I added a little shake of inoculant to the hole. The inoculant has bacteria that help the pea seedlings to fix nitrogen. Using inoculant is suppose to give you stronger, more productive pea plants. I planted yesterday so that I wouldn't have to water. It rained last night and is supposed to rain throughout the day today. I often try to plant when I know there will be rain. I want my seeds and plants to get a long, soft, deep soaking.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
One of my favorite flower resources is Fine Gardening's Plant Guide. This website is one my my go-to sites for digging up information on caring for plants that I already have or exploring which kinds of new plants would work well in my garden.
[note: Starting tomorrow, I will be back from a business trip that I took and I will have some 'real' postings about my garden.]
Monday, April 11, 2011
One of my most useful, free :-) resources is the Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar from the Purdue Cooperative Extension. This free resource divides Indiana into four planting zones based on typical last frost and first frost dates. Indianapolis is in their zone C in which the 50% last frost date is April 26 and the 90% last frost date is May 5. The publication also includes date ranges for planting 57 different vegetables and fruits.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Black from Tula
Russo's Sicilian Togetta
Last year, I grew
Henderson's Wins All
I did a little taste and productivity test on all the tomatoes. I want to find the best tasting, most productive tomatoes for my garden. Last year, I tried several varieties and was won over by three different tomatoes:
I saved seeds from all of my tomatoes. I kept a package each of Sweet Tangerine, Chocolate Stripes, and Japanese Trifele. I sent the rest of the seeds to www.wintersown.org. Trudi at Wintersown sends out free seeds, including tomato seeds to gardeners. I also asked for some tomato seeds. She allows requesters to choose 10 seed varieties and she tries to give them at least 5 packets of what they want. It's great to trade seeds for the cost of a couple of stamps rather than having to invest in several seed packs at the store for a much great amount of money.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Once the tomatoes are potted up, I start hardening them off by placing them outside when the temperature is above 50 degrees. I start with 4 hours and gradually increase the time that they are outside until they are able to stay out all night. On the days and nights that forecast low temperatures near 50 degrees, I bring the plants inside. Temperatures any cooler will delay the seedling growth. I may plant them in early May if warm weather is forecasted or after May 10th which is our frost free date.
Putting the seedlings out early gives me more room under my grow lights to start an early round of cucumbers, melons, and beans. I give them a head start and transplant them out after the frost free date in Indianapolis, May 10.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Last year, I tried starting my tomatoes in Jiffy Mix. As you can see in the picture at the top, I got tiny scrawny, purple seedlings. They were 2-4 inches tall. The picture on the bottom shows my tomato seedlings this year that I started in peat pellets. They are 8-10 inches tall. Both photos were taken when the seedlings were about 6 weeks old. From now on, I'm going to stick with peat pellets.