Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Worked in the Garden Over the Weekend with Lots of Photos

    This was the weekend I wanted to get all my transplants in the ground-according to the moon signs. I figured since we are having a wet and cool spring for the most part I would plant this way this season.

   So, I planted all my paste tomatoes that I grew in those plastic jug-greenhouses I made up last March. Sooooo pleased with these that I will definately be planting my own seeds this way from now on. Also planted my yarrow, tansy, Japanese indigo-which I am so excited about-for dye, sweet peppers, heirloom eating tomatoes, eggplant, and more. 
    I also planted my own sweet potato slips. Two years ago these took over my little garden space-so this year I will be hilling up the vines as they grow in a designated space and then clip off the rest. We really enjoy sweet potatoes and they are easy to store lasting up two years-and we do not have a cold cellar-just wrap each in newspaper and store in a cardboard box in cool room.

    I didn't think to buy the seed at the time, so I did need to purchase two heirloom cherokee purple eating tomatoes which we love, and the red bell peppers. I also picked up a couple different basil plants, and flowers to fill up some hanging baskets and big pots of impatients.

     So I am ready now to plant seeds-lots of beans especially, cucumbers, herbs, a few flowers, and what squash I can fit in the little space I have-next moon sign for planting seeds is this wednesday and thursday and also the following week same two days-we are getting into the 40s this week at night but I think I can still plant my beans.
   I have also been working on clearing a couple spaces outside of my fenced in area-to the right of the garden and in the back of it. We have had soooo much rain that I am having a difficult time killing off these field weeds and the ground of course is horrible-solid clay. I did work on it last fall and added in some lime, and compost but will need allot more. I put up two long old hog fence panels and will use those for the trumpet vines-for the hummingbirds. In the back of the garden between the garden fence and the hog panel fence I planted my Japanese indigo plants and the tansy and the yarrow that I grew from seed-hoping the deer don't find these til they grow larger.
    I did plant one sweet potato slip in the side area outside of the veggie fence. Once I can get the rest cleared I want to plant lots of wild flowers for the birds, and the butterflys. will see if I can get that done before end of this month-when the rains usually end. Would also like to plant the hopi dye plant too
   I was pleased with myself-I needed about 12 new fence posts to put up the hog fence panel and to add to the veggie garden-that was a do what you have around project-so it has been needing more posts to tighten it up. We don't have a truck to go into town with any more so I asked a friend to pick them up for me-and he was going to pound them in as well. With all this rain we have had, and him being so busy I decided to do it myself. I dug out the fence pole pounder thing-a heavy deal-and proceeded to pound them all in but one-I gave out on the last one and Mr L happened to be around and got that one if for me-I surprise myself sometimes lol

    Our wisteria is so gorgeous now-it took 10 years to fill out and get these lovely blooms-and the hummingbirds love them-they seem to sit in the wisteria and then fly to the feeders. I will work on getting better photos of the hummers.
     With all the rains we have had and cool temps, the mints, lemon balm, and thyme are just spreading and a lush green-I need to harvest some and dry for teas etc. before it gets too hot and dry.
    Here are a few photos I just took around the gardens-click on photos to enlarge

      amish paste, and a borage plant in front which grew from last years seed on its on own. In the back a pond and to the right also a pond and on the other side and back side of the garden I planted comstock paste and also an Italian paste need to can salsa this year, and more tomatoes too

                                Lemon balm, shallots

                 Sweet potatoes with straw, to the left onions, in front of ball I just planted some lemon thyme

I don't like to use noisy machines-so this is one of my tools

         Wisteria I planted last year behind my veggie garden

         In the back Japanese indigo in front trumpet vines

Same view of fence-but looking into back of garden-shallots, rhubarb, peas on old sears gate inside garden

             an old wheel barrel filled with chocolate mint

                                      Miss Calico

   One of my heirloom tomatoes I grew from seed-Pineapple tomato

                      Ginger mint and to the left lavender

The gate to the fence around house even has wisteria now, there is maple at the end of fence-the wisteria has now grown into the maple tree-all the way to the top, in a few years it will cover the tree branches-very cool indeed.

Hummingbirds tonight


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