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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fairy Garden

A couple of years ago I saw a Fairy Garden and thought how much I would like to make one.  I have been looking online and thought that I would make one this Summer.  I wanted to use my old wash tub my Mom gave me about 20 years ago.  It was her Mom's.  ( I feel I need to explain here, I never got to meet her Mom, she passed when my Mom was 13 years old.)


At first I planned on gluing rocks on a bird house.  I went to Michael's to look for my bird house only to find a very nice sale.  I found by the time I bought the bird house, which was way too large or way too small and the items I needed to decorate I would spend a lot more than if I were to purchase one of their Fairy Garden homes.  I figured I would pick up a few things pre-made and spend less to have more to spend on the plants.  I had already picked up my little Fairy from Earl May the week prior.  I wanted to have a little vegetable garden for the Fairy since we garden but I couldn't find my clay you can bake and I did not want to buy the clay because I know once I buy some I will find it.  I picked up a little planting box of lettuce for now and some gardening tools for the Fairy. 


Memorial weekend we cleaned the deck, stained the main surface, and then cleaned our back porch.  It was now time for me to start my little garden.  I added the Phlox, which was labeled for Fairy Garden.  A bonus is it will attract butterflies too.  I also added a Columbine plant, this will attract Hummingbirds.  I also planted a tiny rose bush which was also labeled for a Fairy Garden.  All of these plants are perennials so they should grow back next year.  I had some left over Dusty Miller plants from other planters and chose to add it as well.  Here is a picture of the first day's planting.
 I think the little mushrooms are one of my favorite things.

It was a nice start but I knew I wanted more.


Last Wednesday while I was shopping for work, I drove by Earl May and decided to stop and pick up some more plants for the little garden and moss to add.  I bought three house plants I can transplant late fall and take indoors.  I picked up a little Palm Tree, an Umbrella Tree which I was able to divide and Hirt's Baby Tear Plant.  Here is my finished product for now.  
 I really liked how it came together. 


 One thing I definitely need to add is a little trellis for the rose bush.
Isn't it cute?

I plant to paint something special on the wash tub and adding a few decorative pieces to the garden later.   I am very pleased with the first little Fairy Garden.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden 2016

My Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden is thriving this year.  I believe I am done with planting in this garden.  I love the look.  All I need to do is add the Hummingbird feeders and it is completely done for the season. 
 Above:  Every flower in this garden attracts butterflies and/or hummingbirds except for one,
the Clematis.  I was not sure the honeysuckle was going to take so we planted a Clemetis just in case.
They both are thriving.  The front of my little garden the flowers bloom Mid Spring and have little yellow or white flowers.  Next to my little bird bath to the right is one of my Purple Cone Flowers about to begin to bloom.  I added a Columbine plant near the back which should bloom hopefully.  I am in hopes it survived the planting.  I also added an additional Trellis for the vine flowers to reach out.  It is our Willow Trellis Todd and I made one year.
 Above: HoneySuckle blooming
Below: Two different types of Silva Plants





I am so happy with the completed garden.  It is attracting butterflies already.  I am in hopes to plant a Lilac Tree near the garden to add more attractions for the butterflies.  I have not seen any hummingbirds yet but that may change after the feeders are placed outdoors and they notice the Honeysuckle plant.

      



Remember this is what it looked like when I first began the garden.  It has come a long way.




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Garden's Beginning!



May was a busy month for our vegetable garden.  We (Todd) decided to garden only one garden this year.  We opted not to do the community garden.  It was just too much work with Todd's hours and my hours as well as watching Taj.  Here is a picture of everything Todd has done in the garden this month.
Our garden is not your pretty black dirt garden. We like to add nutrients back to the
soil as we garden.  We use the corregated box around most of the plants (unless planted by seeds)
and then add compost on top of the box.  The box acts as a weed barrier and it will also decomposs
adding the nutrients back to the soil for next year's garden.



He planted Sugar Peas, Lima Beans, Cucumbers, Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini, 4 Roma Tomato Plants, 4 Beef Stake Tomato Plants, a Cherry Tomato Plant, a Grape Tomato Plant, Radishes, Carrots, Kale, Swiss Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Pole Beans.  Today June 1st, he planted Yellow Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Small Snacking Peppers, Hot Peppers, Banana Pepper and Egg Plants.  Oh, I knew I was forgetting something.  We also have Onions in our garden.


 Above: Broccoli and Cabbage
Below: Our row of peas.  This is where it looks very messy. 
We are not able to get into the two rows of fencing which the peas latch onto and grow, we cannot hoe it because Todd planted the Lima beans here. 
Eventually they will latch onto the fencing as well. 
The timing should be perfect when the season for the peas are done. 


 Above: Two rows of radishes which will be ready to pick in a week or two. 
Next to it Kale is beginning and the the rows of carrots.
Below: A closer look of the radishes and kale. 
 Below: The pepper plants and Eggplants which were planted today.  The upside down tomato cage is where either zucchini, cucumber, or spaghetti squash is sprouting. 
 Below:  One full row of Roma and Beef Steak.  Next to the fencing on the right is our pole beans.





Everything he started from seeds are beginning to come up, so far our little garden is thriving. 


Hopefully, the insects will stay away.  He also started lettuce and soon baby spinach in the containers on the deck.  I just love this time of year.








Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Backyard Garden Is Thriving

We have so many plants growing in the backyard garden.  Todd has harvested most of the radish.  We have carrots planted, Swiss Chard, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mild Banana Peppers, Hot Banana Peppers, Egg Plant, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Pole Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Kohlrabi, Spinach and Beef Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grape Tomatoes.  It has been very hard to keep the weeds away due to the hours we are working this Summer.  Here is the growth and our little garden as of this week.
 Above: Cabbage forming
Below: Broccoli ready to be picked.
 
 Above: Eggplant just beginning
Below: Kohlrabi ready to be picked.
 
Above: Next to the fence are the pole beans, 
near the bottom closer to us, is Swiss Chard. 
Past the small stake are the carrots. 
The plant beside the Swiss Chard is hot pepper plant
Below:  Bell Pepper flowering
 Above: Romaine Lettuce
Below: Cherry Tomato

I seriously need to get out to our community garden.

Until Next Time,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Butterfly/Humming Bird Work In Progress

I was so excited this past Spring.  I neglected my flower beds last year with all of the emotional things in my life and this Spring was a new beginning.  I planted several seeds to add to my garden only for rabbits to eat.  They ate the top of my cone flowers and I thought I was not going to have any until this past weekend.  I found one they never ate yet. 
I attempted to plant Moon Flowers to grow up the trellis.  The guy at the farmer's market told me rabbits do not like them. He was wrong.  I tried Clematis but I thought they ate all of them.  This past weekend we picked up a honeysuckle plant and planted it near the trellis.  I was surprised a had a little spout still for the Clematis the rabbits missed.  I left it.  If I have to move one of the plants I will.  I also added a common day lily to the garden.  We added a rabbit fence around the small butterfly/humming bird garden as well.  Now, I am in hopes the plants will take off.  I only need one more type of flower (two plants) to add and the mulch and my butterfly/humming bird garden will be complete.
 My honeysuckle planted along the trellis.
I planted a few Iris bulbs from my Mom's garden.  I cannot wait until I plant the last two plants and add the mulch.  Next year I will have flowers blooming through out the season in this little garden.  I hope it attracts many little visitors.  I am happy with the way this little garden is beginning to shape into.  I liked it better without the fence but it is a must in order to keep the rabbits away. 

Until Next Time,

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June ~ How Does the Back Yard Grow?

June has been a very challenging month for Todd to get into the garden and weed.  His new hours this Summer and my new hours are making our gardening very hard.  Here are some pictures of the garden in our backyard.
 Cages in the center are around pepper plants, to the left
different types of lettuce, to the right a tomato plant
and back near the fence the pole beans are growing.

The back yard garden houses only a few tomato plants:
Cherry, Grape, and Beef Steak.
 Seed tape has worked nicely last year for the radish and carrots.
Todd tried it with the peas to have a nice straight row,
but the peas were hit or miss.  I do not think he is going to use this
method next year since it was not as successful.
 Different types of lettuce in the center of the picture and
the upper left corner a picture of one of the broccoli plants.
 Cabbage,cauliflower, and broccoli
My butterfly/humming bird garden is not doing well because of the rabbits.  I am going to end up having to put up a fence.  They ate the tops of my cone flowers, so no cone flowers this year. They have eaten my new seedlings I planted and both the Clematis and Moon flowers I planted.  I wanted something to climb on the trellis.  This garden will take a little more work and rabbit proofing.

My first Asiatic Lily is blooming.  I am thrilled.  I was able to rabbit proof my lily garden and I just might be able to see some oriental lilies I planted nearly six years ago for the first time.  I am seeing buds on them.
I still need to venture out to our community garden plot.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 2015

Early May: Todd created tape seed for the peas this year.  This will be our first year planting this way.  We have 2rows of peas planted on one end of the backyard garden.  Along the fence is a row of green beans, behind that are half a row of carrots, half a row of radish, and two half rows of different types of .

Todd planted some tomatoes in the back yard garden.  They will be more the cherry, grape, and beef steak tomatoes, the Roma tomatoes will be planted in the community garden plot.

He planted different types of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, and cabbage. 

I am in the works of adding to the butterfly/humming bird garden.  It looks a little bare right now.