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Garden Journey 2011 #7: October-November

11-19-2011 02:20 AM by justjoel | 6 comments »

We had some surprisingly nasty cold weather (in the low 20s several nights in a row) the last couple of weeks of October, and though covered, it finished off my basil, legumes and tomatoes. Still had plenty of basil and tomatoes that I could have harvested too, so that really bummed me out, man. I did get to make a triple batch of pesto before it hit, but that was for and event – didn’t get a chance to make any to freeze for later use or gifts.The tomatoes were coming in fine just before the ...

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Our Wildlife Visitors #2: Finches

09-18-2011 03:49 AM by justjoel | 5 comments »

I’ve mentioned in some other entry about the Goldfinches stripping the lower leaves of my sunflowers, now some cousin or other is taking care of the flowers and seeds themselves. I hope they leave me enough seeds to replant next year (I got the seeds for these from dead-heading some flowers outside my daughter’s pre-school last year). I hope to plant these in several other places around the yard next year, maybe mixed with some other sizes and such – they’re just so da...

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Garden Journey 2011 #6: Early September

09-13-2011 05:11 AM by justjoel | 9 comments »

August was a busy month, in and out of the garden. First I’ll dispense with… Out of the garden (and this is just basically the weekends): there was a visit from my older brother and my father (who brought me one of his hand-crafted whirligigs), a birthday party for my daughter/garden helper, a (sort of vampire-themed) surprise birthday party for my wife (who had her last infusion of poison this month), a great day trip to Lake Tahoe with some great friends, and then four days a...

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Garden Journey 2011 #5: August

08-09-2011 04:26 AM by justjoel | 7 comments »

Well, I let June finish and July slip by without updating this, so things have grown a bit since last time I was here, especially the gourds. The “fancy mix” ones on the back trellis were doing so well I had to extend the trellises up some and remove two of the plants (that I expected to do). Got these former arch pieces for free from a garage sale when I bought something else; all I did was ask, “what were those things?” Gourd flower and a bee doing thei...

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Hydroponics on the cheap for a beginner #1: Getting started...collecting supplies

08-01-2011 08:36 AM by Jimthecarver | 4 comments »

To begin, I am in no way a pro in hydroponics. A search for a how to video on youtube showed many ways to grow your own veggies hydroponically. I decided to try the bucket bubbler type of hydro system. It uses a grey or black bucket a lid, 12” piece of 3/4 pvc, end cap, air pump for a fish aquarium, air stone, 1/4” tubing, and a small grow basket or I used a gardening runoff grate cap for a four” pipe.I will take pics of the build process and hopefully inspire others to try ...

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Garden Journey 2011 #4: (Early June)

06-10-2011 02:14 AM by justjoel | 7 comments »

Well, the legumes (sugar snap peas, Royal Burgundy bush beans, and Blue Lake pole beans) that my little Sweet Pee planted are all poking up now, as are a row of green onions, the Genovese basil, and second plantings of carrots and my lettuce mix. The family didn’t like whatever the spiky one was (endive, I think), so I’ll be removing that and will then thin it out of the next group. And I’ve got those waskelly raspberries in the ground in a spot that needs a lot more sun (hope the wabb...

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My Sweet Pea Leaves are

05-13-2011 12:08 PM by Vallyncia | 2 comments »

I started some sweet peas inside this spring and moved them outside without “hardening them off”. I did this because sweet pea vines are challenging to move and because I was eager to get some plants on my balcony. The plants seem to be doing okay – they haven’t grown much but they are still green and healthy with no apparently sign of disease. However, the leaves are turning reddish and I have no idea why. I Googled it and there was nothing for “sweet peas + red...

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04-25-2011 07:12 PM by Trumpetvine | 18 comments »

Well, here goes….I am really unsure about how to do things here on Garden tenders yet, so I hope I do this right & put it in the right format. I love COLEUS & am trying to gather as many different varieties as I can this summer. I love the pops of color that they add to the shade beds. This 1st pic is of a variety named ALABAMA This next one is called PINEAPPLE This one is RED RUFFLES This is RAINBOW MIX This is STAINED GLASS This is RED KONG This is WIZARD MIX I don̵...

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Spring Planting #1: Spring is here to stay

04-22-2011 11:15 AM by chscholz | 7 comments »

It’s been an unusually cold winter and a long spring here in TX. Average last frost is March 15 but this year we had the last frost late Feb. if I recall correctly. It is the buy time of the year; most vegetables are translated in the yard and we see the first flowers.What’s new this year as compared to last year? increased the garden by a fair amount by taking out more lawn had the trees trimmed to get more sun bought rain water barrels planted more pepper seeds, plant...

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Spring Preparation!

04-10-2011 01:42 PM by Vallyncia | 2 comments »

Finally spring has come!My seedlings will be moving to their new homes soon (although not as soon as I would have liked, spring has not been overly warm here yet). I will be getting the patio cleaned off as soon as it stops raining outside. My entire patio garden is getting an overhaul this year in the hopes that we will be to use the patio instead of just having it be essentially a greenhouse like it was last year. I didn’t mind so much, but my husband would like to be able to use the ...

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