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More Peas Please

3 Aug

Andrew decided he needed some more “snap sugar peas”.  So he planted some!

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Our Garden Progress

19 Apr

I feel like we got a lot done this week!  The potatoes, peas, lettuce and carrots are all planted into the ground and we have plenty of seedlings still indoors as well.  This time last year we didn’t have a whole lot because it was still freezing.  This year however we seem to have thawed early.  The average last freeze date in this part of Minnesota is the first two weeks of May.  But we haven’t had a freeze in over a week and a half at least and the 15-day forecast isn’t calling for any freezing temps.  So we are taking a chance.  I have had pansies out for a week now with no problem and just put out an Icelandic poppy and some snapdragons today.  We’ll see . . . I was happy to see penty of perennials that I had started from seed last year coming up this week.  Makes it feel worth the time.

Andrew planting seeds in his gnome garden

Andrew planting seeds in his gnome garden

Finally- some color around here!

Finally- some color around here!

Lovely columbine

Lovely columbine

I'm in love with these English Daisies this year!

I'm in love with these English Daisies this year!

English Daisy

English Daisy

English Daisy

English Daisy

Icelandic Poppy

Icelandic Poppy

Icelandic Poppy

Icelandic Poppy

Favorite Colors!

Favorite Colors!

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Color Therapy

Color Therapy

Sparkly Snapdragon

Sparkly Snapdragon

We have strawberries in bloom too!

We have strawberries in bloom too!

Green Buffet

Green Buffet

Garden virtually empty- April 18th, 2009

Garden virtually empty- April 18th, 2009

Indian Corn

28 Aug

Perhaps the most anticipated item from my garden this year (for me) was miniature Indian corn.  We didn’t really have the room to go hog wild but at least I got something . . .

Fun Stuff Poppin’ Up in the Garden

30 May

I figured out a way to pay off the mortgage-

My mom told me that a guy in the 1930’s developed this tomato and sold so many he was able to pay off his mortgage.

I had to pick up some fun stuff from Runnings today as well.  Here is the balloon flower closed:

And here it is open!

Next year I don’t think I will mess around with any pansies, snapdragons, etc.  instead we will do wave petunias for annual color:

Wow, the grape hyacinth I planted last Fall are actually starting to do something!

The potato plants are looking quite marvelous for being started so early (end of March??)

And the peas are really taking off after the rain yesterday:

I’m not sure if many non-growers are aware that chives flower:

The spinach is almost ready to eat:

And Last but not least, a fun-flowering moss!

I would have posted some pictures of Andrew today but I forgot my camera when we went out to the Ziegler’s farm to gather eggs!  Right now he is all tuckered-out and napping from too much fun.

Perks and Disappointment

22 May

A quick walk through the garden and it doesn’t take long to see that squirrels like strawberries and birds like blueberries.  All my berries were gone this morning.  Both are of Andrew’s favorites and expensive in the store.  I was hoping we could grow our own but it isn’t looking prosperous.  However, there were lots of new things in the garden this morning such as pea sprouts, corn sprouts and magical flowers!

Here are the pea beginnings:

Here are the potatoes I planted way back around the end of March:

I need to know how to thin these . . . as I have quite a few sprouts on the same mound.  We also have broccoli coming up nicely:

blue Indian corn:

Spinach:

Josh is really attached to our habanero we have had for three years. . . but I am really looking forward to these cherry bombs!

We also have a lilac bush going crazy out by the compost center.  I cut a bit and laid it across my artemesia I rescued from the trash at work:

My lantana is almost too bright and colorful to photograph in the full sun:

The mums are fun too:

I used to hate the smell and taste of tomatoes.  Now that I am older I have learned how universal they can be.  We are looking forward to homemade savory sauces and just the smell of these now are driving me crazy with hunger cravings for pizza.

Mother’s Day Presents

13 May

I received a lot of love on Mother’s Day. I got to SLEEP IN and then eat Josh’s family famous French toast. After that Andrew was ready to put on his sombrero and head outside to help garden.

Josh was able to get the fence up around the garden so that I could get the lettuce in, the best present of all! Now let’s hope the bunnies don’t burrow under it.

Andrew got a present too- a new sandbox!

It looks like Andrew might have some of his favorite fruit this year too- blueberries!

We took a break for a while to head over to Grandma’s and wish her a happy mother’s day. They were busy with their garden too. Even Uncle Brian pitched in and did some manual labor for once!

After chicken on the grill and wheat berry salad it was back over to our house so Josh could finish up his projects. Brian and I hopped on our bikes and peddled downtown with Andrew in the trailer to pick up my favorite present of all- a greenhouse! Now all of the plants are officially outside (except our 3-year old habanero).

We have the lettuce in, as well as peas, spinach, carrots, onions, tomatoes (covered in jugs at this point) and potatoes. We have a variety of seedlings in the mini greenhouse now waiting to go in as well. I am also going to get some baby boo pumpkin seeds to go with out blue moon pumpkin seeds and try ornamental corn as well. Cross your fingers everybody!

Progress

7 May

Andrew and I found a sweet deal at the Dollar Store today. . . Hanging basket and peat insert only 2 dollars. Then we swung by Runnings and got some more Lobelia which is one of my favorites. If you click on that hyperlink there you will see that Lobelia is also known as “Pukeweed” and “Vomitwort”. Interesting stuff . . .

We also made a little rock garden and filled it with Lobelia.

I also treated myself to a little early Mother’s Day present and got a hot pink azalea.

The gnome garden is full of annuals since none of the bulbs I planted came up. Squirrels??

I really like the look of zinias in early spring before they get too hot and all burnt looking . . .

As far as foodstuffs go, it looks like Andrew might have some strawberries to munch on soon.

There is also a sprout on the potato pile but I forgot to snap a shot of it. We have plenty of onions though!

There is also one broccoli plant in the ground too. We will see if it makes it . . . I just got off the phone with Hansen Gravel who is delivering the dirt and they are bringing it right over so Josh can finally finish the fence around the raised beds and we can get the lettuce in! I have three spinach plants that are doing well and several lettuce seedlings that I hope will take off as soon as I transplant them. I finally decided to take the tomato plants outside and put them in the wagon. Then I can roll them into the garage at night. Hopefully they will be warm enough overnight. They were just getting too big for inside. Now the only things we have inside are peppers and basil.