Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spring? In February? !?!

Apparently the ground hog was wrong! Spring has sprung. My bushes are coming out of their dormant state.  My daylillies are starting to sprout and my asparagus is peeking up out of it's hole! Oh how I hope that this isn't a tease! The 60+ degree days have been wonderful!!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

All the choices!!!

Well, seed ordering time has come and all of the sudden I find myself inundated with seed catalogues!  I have never ordered from this particular company and yet they have my name and address. Guess even they know what a gardening nerd I am! (Shhh....don't tell them that I read their seed catalogues during the kids nap time and during a nice hot bath to fully relax!) I'll be placing my orders this week to get started with my starts! Have you gotten any catalogues yet? Or is it just me???

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Seeds!

Did you ever wonder why some gardeners don't harvest every pea, or bean,  etc.? For me, it has a purpose! I leave them on to go to seed. This means that the shells will dry and wither and the insides will become hard. Once it is all dried out, it is ready to harvest for the next year!

Not only is it good to practice seed collection,  but it also saves you money. If I don't like how a crop tasted, then I don't bother, but if it turned out AMAZING, then why buy the seeds twice when you have the free versions right at hand?

Give it a shot, even if it makes your garden look slightly ugly for a bit. ;)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why are my tomatoes still green?!?!

We are almost into September which means by now you SHOULD be getting ripe fruit. If you are, congrats! If not, here is a small tip for you.  Once you have tomatoes on the vine and you need them to ripen, only water them once a week. The only time that is an exception is if your plants start to look wilted from the heat and then they need a little drink.  If you do this,  before long you will have a plethora of ripe tomatoes coming off of the vine!  :) I did a massive harvest today of different cherry tomatoes. ...now to decide what to do with them all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Am I too late?

This is a question that I get regularly around this time of year. The answer? No! You are not too late for most anything. Will you be able to grow it from seed? Probably not,  but...you can still get starts and grow! I will say...you are probably too late for pumpkins and cutting it close on corn (if you can find corn starts) but beyond that. ..plant away!

In the next 3-4 weeks you will want to start planning your fall crops. Yes...you heard me right.  You will want to plant a second round of snap peas and bush beans if you can. You will also want to get those colder weather plants started. Cabbage,  broccoli,  cauliflower, lettuce, spinach. ..all of those plants that will bolt and go to seed when there is extreme heat, get them started indoors for getting in the ground by the end of August.

My garden is getting huge! I would love to see what you have growing! Send me your pictures!

~Bri

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pardon my absence!

So this last month has been crazy for me and my family. My husband and I went away for a week to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and now here we are at the end of the school year!  Ahhh! Time flies when you're having fun. ..or just crazy busy...anyways I wanted to share some pictures of my garden and my planting method...of sorts. Let me know if you have any questions!
For my pumpkins and zucchini plants I create mounds and plant 3 seeds in the top of each mound and gently cover with dirt.
For the corn I make rows and plant each seed 4-6 inches apart and again gently cover with soil before watering. Make sure you water gently for the first little while as they grow and develop their root systems!
I have peppers all in their own 8-10 inch pots scattered in all of the warm spots.
In this box there is sugar snap peas, cucumbers, 2 zucchini plants, a pumpkin plant and two rows of corn. This all fits in a 3'x6' planter. Pretty amazing what you can do with a small space, huh?
Bush Beans, they certainly have taken off!
Here is a mound that has a hole in the top for the seeds. It doesn't have to be too high.
Here is where I placed 3 seeds into the top of each mound.
This one here is for the corn. All I do is take my trowel and drag it in a line and then space out the seeds accordingly before covering with soil that mounded up on the sides again.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lets get Dirty!

Ok...so that title probably sounded a little weird...and it was meant to be funny....but I digress...we are officially in the month of PLANTING! I love it, that's when my hands and clothes tend to get very dirty as I get to work out in the garden!

Over the next couple weeks is when it is best to do a direct sow for the warmer weather plants into your garden! I will be feeding my soil this week and then planting next week, or rather, whenever I have time! Now you are probably saying...but, but, but you said to plan the garden appropriately but you haven't told us what plants grow well together! You are correct! I plan to fix that today!

Companion planting is not nearly as hard as it may seem. It's just a matter of planting things near each other that don't hate each other. Sounds easy enough, right?

Lets start with A and work our way down...shall we?

Asparagus- loves Parsley and basil. (You can also plant tomatoes next to the rows of Asparagus if you have the space and they are mutually beneficial.)

Beans (bush beans)- likes celery, cucumbers and strawberries and can be beneficial to corn when alternating rows if you have the space. Hates: Fennel and onions.

Beans (pole beans)- Likes corn and will grow well with radishes. Hates: kohlrabi, sunflower and beets.

Beets- Likes bush beans, onions and kohlrabi, also grows well with lettuce and most memebers of the Cabbage family. Hates: Pole Beans.

Broccoli- Likes aromatic plants:dill, celery, camomile, sage, peppermint and rosemary. Also likes potatoes, beets and onions. Hates: tomatoes, pole beans and strawberries.

Carrots- Likes onions, leeks and herbs (rosemary, wormwood and sage).

Cauliflower-Likes the same things as broccoli and also does not like tomatoes or strawberries.

Celery- Likes leeks, tomatoes, cauliflower and cabbage as well as bush beans. (use kitchen scraps to start)

Corn- Likes potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkin and squash. Dislikes: tomatoes.

Cucumber- Likes corn (mutually beneficial), beans, peas, radishes, and sunflower. Dislike: potatoes and aromatic herbs.

Lettuce- Likes strawberries, cucumbers and carrots. Mutually beneficial with onions and radishes taste better when grown with lettuce.

Melon- (heavy feeders) Likes corn and sunflowers. Dislikes potatoes. Place wax paper under the melons to reduce loss from rot/insect activity.

Onion- Likes all members of cabbage family (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), also like beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and camomile. Dislikes: peas and beans. (again use a kitchen scrap to start)

Peas- Likes carrots, turnips, radishes,cucumbers, corn, beans and potatoes as well as aromatic herbs. Dislikes:Onions, garlic and gladiolus.

Pumpkins- Likes corn. Dislikes: potatoes.

Tomatoes-Likes onion, chives, carrots, garlic. Dislikes:corn and potatoes.

Watermelon- Likes: potatoes, Dislikes: anything that grows tall...artichokes, corn, etc.

Hopefully this helps with your garden planning! Please comment with any questions and I will happily answer them!