So the second month after planting came and went on the 24th… Here was the growth after one month, and at the two month mark last week… We’ve been enjoying a side dish of Green Beans once or twice a week for about a month, and Radishes aplenty… Only a trickle so far from the Cherry Tomatoes (and none from the Big Boys), even though the plants are loaded! We’ve got a varmint problem, as I first discovered with the Pumpkin Plants… Something has been...
July, 2014 “one for the record books” >> my worst year of gardening. It started out in the spring: between the extremely cold and long winter, where I’d usually be cleaning up the gardens in March, I didn’t get to that task until …. well, I really never did! And then, I was so busy with my other job (behaviour consultant) that I had not time left to even start seedlings. In late May I threw some seeds in the ground just to say I was growing a garden. I h...
Last winter was devastating on the new greenhouse, the Suntuf panels made it through the winter but not so for the flexible vinyl sheeting. By the end of the winter most of the vinyl panels would be blown out. So this spring, I started striipping the old off and replacing the vinyl with the Suntuf roof panels. At the very bottom of the greenhouse, I put Smart Siding to fill in the last space, Smart Siding is primed T-111 sheeting, which gives good resistance to the weather. I am now ...
My house sits at the bottom of a tall hill wood covered hill. Every spring with the snow melt and anytime there is more than a day or two of rain large portions of the lawn and garden become small pieces of swamp due to the runoff from this hill. While by this time of year the dogs really enjoy splashing in the giant puddles, it has been nothing but a source of frustration to me for over 10 years now as these sections cannot be mowed for a week or more after the others and are useless...
Well… back again, but not for long this time. It has been a particularly rough couple of years and I am no longer in the rental house where I redid the front yard from blog postings past. I am actually 9 months separated from my wife and beginning the road to a divorce of all things… We have just moved in separate directions over the last couple of years and after my dad passing and some other issues that came up, it came to a head and we decided to call it quits. Still very am...
When it comes to purchasing things I “need” for the lawn and garden, nearly two decades of experience has taught me that the discussion must be thought out well in advance to broaching the topic with my wife. There will be questions of need and priorities and justifications of expenses and expenditures that would rival a congressional budget hearing. This is done for my own good I know- to protect myself from the draw of the home and garden stores where it seems most of the cashiers k...
Not sure where to put this, hope it’s ok in a blog.Trying to figure out what type of plant this is. I’m pretty sure it’s a type of weed but IDK. Any help appreciated.^It grew this high in about 2 months^^This leaf is 24” wide^
It was a month ago today that I began this latest attempt to bring some food to the table by ‘growing our own’...Results so far have been Good and Steady Growth… The Weather has been fairly warm during the days (a number of days in the 80’s, but mostly in the 70’s), while the Nights have been fairly cool (upper 40’s to the lower 60’s)Here was the Garden when it was first planted, and as it appeared first thing this morning… The Beans are doi...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave I learned the hard way. Take it from me! Be very careful when trimming any Agave plant. A few week’s ago I decided to trim one of our Agave plants. I hooked up my weed trimmer “chain saw” attachment with its long pole and began to slice off the leaves one at a time. The saw cut through the leaves like cutting through butter. I was in shorts and as I cut the leaves the chain was throwing the sap an...
Not so long ago my neighbour put up an absolutely enormous greenhouse. I am talking the kind of structure you could easily have lived in. Full of the joys of early ripened tomatoes and two foot long cucumbers, he regaled me with long (and boring) tales of glass types and the optimum positioning for year-round sunlight. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have always liked the idea of growing my own veggies but I have kids. And therefore a lawn, a swing-set and a trampoline. No space for a...
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