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Blog entry by syble posted 05-25-2008 09:31 PM 1425 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the weather has finally warmed up and I’m up to working on the rest of my garden. Just to bring you up to snuff, the area I refer to as my horticultural haven includes my veggie garden(herbs, veggies and flowers), berry patches, bog garden, soon to be sunflower garden aswell as the future site for my 8’x16’ green house.

I was able to work up the garden much earlier then last year, but have procrastinated some because of the chilly weather, so only now am I getting round to the main planting. From last year all 3 berry patches are a mess (strawberries, raspberry & blackberry and blueberry). Yesterday we did some planting(all standard tomatoes are in, just need to get the cherries in and possibly a couple more early varrieties) we also planted the peppers (still need a bunch of those) and most impressively, we tackled the blueberry batch. There were 2 plants at one end and 3 at the other… ran the tiller through where we could, then dug out the rest of the weeds. Worked in a bunch of organic matter, including alot of peat, hopefully that will set them in the right way. once we re-preped the site, we planted a further 5 bushes (3 from last year, 2 from this spring) wouldn’t you know I’m 1 bush short?! Will fix that tomorrow when i go plant shopping.

my golden oregano is growing nicely:

We did do some plant shopping saturday afternoon. I must say, alot of plants are alot more expensive then they’ve been in the past, like double and triple the prices they were last year from the same places. oh well gardening is what i like so I’ll keep shelling out the money!

I must say that I’m unsure of what to put in my flower row this year :( This is the first year where I have been completely uninpired by whats available. We hit 4 or 5 places saturday and all I came home with were some pink bicolour petunias, wine bicolour snapdragons, and wishbone flower… oh wait came back with some lobillia too lolha.

I’m sure tomorrow will be more fruitful. Atleast I did well in the herb department. I’ve gotten most of what i had last year and can probably fill in the holes tomorrow.

Speeking of herbs, the chives are particularlly pretty right now :

Thanks for reading,
Sib ;)



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syble

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-26-2008 09:12 AM

Sounds like your gardens are coming along nicely Sib.Nice pics.I have been busy planting flowers and flower seeds for three days now and I still have a big garden that I havn’t even started yet.Was hoping to do it today but so far it’s been raining all morning.But that will help what I have in so far.(lol)
Happy planting Sib.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 05-26-2008 11:13 AM

Really nice photos Sib!! I found prices have increased a bit here as well, but then what hasn’t gone up of late. You have been busy at work and your gardens really sound lovely. I can see why you refer to them as your Haven.

I am anxious to see your Sunflower garden. Wish I could grow them here, but have no room. So I will get much enjoyment out of your photos when you post them.

Was on the look out for “bicolored petunias” myself and can’t seem to find them locally here. Found some last year and they were beautiful. Oh well, maybe next year …

I do enjoy your blogs Sib … you are in such a “different world garden wise” then I am. :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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syble

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posted 05-26-2008 02:51 PM

I still have alot to do myself, ran around to a bunch of greenhouses today in the hopes of filling the gaps, looks like they’re not gonna be ovely helpfull this year unless you want to buy stuff in 4” pots at $2 a pop :S

What ever happened to the good old 4packs of veggies and flowers for $1? A independant that I’ve been going to for years now has put their cell packs up to 1.35…. and the only set of peppers I could find elsewhere were in bonnie best 6 packs and $2.98 a pack… nothing to write home about, ohwell, I’ll know for next year to grow more of what I want myself.

As for the sunflower garden, it will be a ways off I think, I’m breaking new ground in for it and just now the grass is dieing off. But it;s gonna be big, like25’x25’ :D

Thanks
Sib ;)

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-27-2008 05:11 AM

doesnt it feel good to have things in motion?? Look out summer, here we come!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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dini

1591 posts in 3591 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 05-27-2008 05:45 AM

And a frost advisory for tonight, Sheesh!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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