I've been remiss in tending to this blog, but the garden did very well indeed. Now everything is frozen and I am not yet ready to think of next year's experiments. For now, it's cold outside and cozy inside, and am enjoying the absence of a long list of to-do's in the yard.
Learning to contain my impatience as I watch plants growing is never easy for me. But the long beans have exceeded expectations, and I am already planning a more permanent spot for them in my garden for the next year. The flowers are bewitching, a pale lavender shade. I've also seen a couple bright red... Continue Reading →
I've had coneflowers, coreopsis bitten off this year already. Last week, L and I erected cages around coneflowers, only to find them eaten despite being encased. Lily bulbs have not only been gnawed, but are entirely missing so groundhogs/squirrels I expect. Have to try a mixture of sprays as well as planting deterrent plants. Not... Continue Reading →
The flower seeds I wrote about last time didn't all pan out, another story for another day. Here's some pictures of those that did. Old faithfuls from last years garden first: The knock-out rose Not a knock-out, not sure what yet. The gorgeous, overgrown yellow iris Peach daylilies, will bloom anytime now -- so tall!... Continue Reading →
We have merry little seedlings dancing in the Prairie winds. The first round of seeds had to be trashed, a sad story I will get to later. But for now, here are the fruits of my second attempt. Chinese long beans/yard beans are the first to shoot up, with 100% germination and strong robust young... Continue Reading →
I planted bitter melon and ridge gourd seeds a couple weeks ago, and am the proud observer of happy healthy seedlings braving it every day outside on my deck in full sun. I had to place the seeds on top of my router in a sealed ziplock baggie so they would reach ~80F needed for... Continue Reading →