Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Beginning...2010 Growing Season

March 11, 2010

Todd started seedlings today. In the pellets: seeds were planted for Cabbage, Early Snowball Cauliflower. This year the container is being kept in the Kitchen. On the back porch, two tub gardens have been started with Baby's Leaf Spinach, Space Spinach and a variety Leaf Lettuce.

March 14, 2010
Sprouts have started in some of the pellets. Today Todd started more seedlings in the pellets for Iceberg Lettuce and Calabrese Broccoli.

Last Summer some of the flowers I started from seeds took longer then the package stated, so I am experimenting and planting some of them early. Today I started seedlings for Petunias, Impatience, Sweet Williams, and Snap Dragons. I need to pick up more Petunias and Impatience seeds.

March 16, 2010
Today we checked on the seedlings. No sprouting for the flowers, all the vegetables have sprouts now. The first rows of cabbage and cauliflower has some nice starts.

March 20, 2010

Today I planted more flower seeds for seedlings. Petunias, Pansies, and Impatience. I started my flower bulbs for 5 assorted Day Lilies, 2 Calla Lilies, and 5 Stargaze Lilies. I wasn't sure for the Stargaze which side of the bulb was up or down, so I planted 3 of them the way I thought it was up and two the other way so I am hopefully guaranteed at least 2 plants.

We checked the seedlings prior planted. The Sweet Williams and Snap Dragons had sprouts starting; Petunias and Impatience nothing. As for the veggies seedlings, all have great starts with exception of a few cabbage. The loose leaf lettuce is doing great in the tub. The tubs were placed outside on our deck.

March 24, 2010

Today the vegetable seedlings were placed out on the 3 seasonal porch for more direct sunlight. I noticed some starts on a few Petunias that were planted the first round.

April 3, 2010

Today Todd planted more seedlings. All seedlings have been in the pellets this year with exception of the tomatoes. Seeds planted today are: 6 Diva Cucumbers, 3 Butter Squash, 3 Spaghetti Squash, 3 Summer Squash, 3 Zucchini, 6 Green Peppers, 6 Hot Peppers, 6 Sweet Banana Peppers, 6 Bell Pepper Mixed, 6 Broccoli, 6 Cauliflower, 6 Cabbage. The tomatoes were planted in biodegradable pot; 4 Cherry Tomatoes, 8 Beef Steak Tomatoes, 10 Roma Tomatoes.
The prior vegetable seedlings were placed outdoors with the Spinach and Loose Leaf Lettuce. 5 Ice Berg Lettuce, 3 Broccoli, 2 Cauliflower, and 1 Cabbage made it out of 6 each from the seeds.

Flowers: All the seedlings were placed on the back porch today. The Sweet Williams and Impatience are doing great. The Snapdragons are very puny and the Petunias are barely sprouting. I planted the Alyssums today, white, rose, and royal (purple). I placed the Calla Lilies planter outdoors today. I will have to keep my eye on the weather, if we get a freeze warning, I will have to bring the pot indoors.

April 17, 2010

Todd covered the vegetable garden with black plastic, to help warm up the earth.
April 27, 2010
First set of planting of vegetables, did not make it. The second set of plantings of vegetables were transplanted into small containers. Todd also planted the next planter of lettuce.

None of the flowers made it from seed except the pansies but they are not doing well. This year we didn't have the spare bedroom where we could apply the laps to create some heat, I think this is why it didn't work as well this time.

May 2, 2010
Todd ended up deciding not to enlarge the vegetable garden this year, so we chose to work on the front yard landscaping. In a few years we plan to build a small retaining wall and level the yard some by adding more dirt. The dirt is needed for our tree, the roots are showing and the tree doesn't look as healthy.
Todd started a second container of loose leaf lettuce today.

Joshua assisted me with moving all the hostas on the side of the shed near the house. They were transplanted to the front and to the opposite side of the shed.

Ethan and Noah, dug the weeds out of the flower bed in front of the shed and I sprinkled Preveen on it and the Hosta flower bed.
The side where we had some Hostas, I planted a variety of lilies, Casa Blanca Oriential, Stargazer Oriental, Starfighter Oriental , Strawberry and Cream Asiatic, Elodie Asiatic, and Lollypop Asiatic.

The back of the shed Joshua helped me plant my different varieties of day lilies.

I can't wait to see all the new flowers bloom, it may not be until next year but my project is done with exception of adding the Alyssums.

May 4, 2010

A lot of our seedlings just didn't make it this year for veggies as well, again I think it was lack of warmth and lighting. We had to purchase our plants this year with a few exceptions that the seedlings made it, Diva Cucumber, Yellow Squash, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Spaghetti Squash, a few Big Boys, Hot Pepper, a Mixed Pepper.

Todd planted 6 Roma Tomato, 6 Big Boy Tomato plants today as well as seeds for 2 rows of radishes and 1 row of onions. The tomato plants , we placed plastic jugs over to create more warmth if the temperatures drop and to add a little protection from the winds. The border of our garden he planted seeds for sugar snap peas, green beans, Lima beans, and yellow wax beans.

In our containers Todd planted carrot seeds in 2 - 32 gallon totes.

May 6, 2010

Todd placed the fencing around the garden to keep out the high population of rabbits. He planted 6 broccoli, 6 cabbage, and 4 cauliflower plants. He staked off the area where the sweet corn will be planted.

May 9, 2010

We went to Lowe's and picked up my Mother's day gift. I wanted another lilac bush, this year it is a pink flowering bush and it was planted on the corner of the shed in the back. I am in hopes it may draw more butterflies to our yard.

We worked on the landscape in the front yard. We used the hostas that Joshua dug up in the back and worked it in as well as 2 new day lilies. It was just the beginning of the front landscaping. We need to finish the large tree in the front. Plans are to add more hostas around the trunk. I also plan to add a few more plants in the landscape next Summer as well as this Fall, trying to have a variety of flowers blooming through out the seasons.

May 15, 2010

Our first container of lettuce is ready to start harvesting.

May 16, 2010

Todd planted 4 rows of sweet corn and in two weeks the last 4 rows of sweet corn will go in, about the same time the peppers will be planted in the garden. At this time, our planting will be complete. Todd also planted the pickling cucumber, diva cucumber (this is a cucumber beetle disease resistant cucumber), yellow squash, summer squash, zucchini, and spaghetti squash. Radishes are coming in great and we are starting to see some onions now.

I planted my flower pots today. 6 were completed and the wash tub, I placed a butterfly garden seeds. This will be a temporary home this Summer for the flowers, next year we plan to build the butterfly garden. I have 3 more pots to plant but ran out of flowers.

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