Archive for March, 2010

Flowers get the hot spot…

I must admit I was/am reluctant to plant flowers in this spot – this is about the best spot in the yard for sun. Last year we had melons, pumpkin and cucumber in this spot and they grew like crazy. But this year since I was able to remove the patch of grass to extend the garden I promised my boyfriend to plant some flowers. He’s a zen type of guy who likes nice, pretty, mellow things (hmmm unlike me) … so I figured I would give it a shot.

We are expecting rain for the next two days so hopefully the garden will get a nice deep watering but won’t wash my seeds away! Oh ya and won’t upset my potatoes because potatoes do not like to be watered directly on them – they like it to the sides of the hills they are planted in.

I am just about done planting everything. All there is left is the zuke seeds I purchased online. They are round zucuhhini’s I cannot wait to see them! I’ll go more into detail about them when I plant them — I wanted to plant something that was not available to everyone via the local nursery or Lowe’s so these cool round zuke’s should fit the bill. Also with my sister growing zuke’s and them doing so well in our area last year — round ones should make it interesting.

After the zuke’s I have a few packages of flower seeds to plant. Those are all going into pots first until they grow into seedlings and then I will plant them around the yard, both front and back.

Oh ya, a little gardening humor for you: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?   Pumpkin pi.

Until tomorrow!


The start of my container garden.

You know, I always have more seeds that I know what to do with. Also when we start slipping plants there will be a ton of little pots around with nice little seedlings growing – so there you have it, your very own container garden. And the great thing is that you can put it anywhere you want it! What? Somewhere it will get at least six hours of sun you say? GREAT idea 😉

Here is a great website – do check it out! —>  Container Gardening Tips

Container gardens are GREAT for folks with no backyard or limited space or you live on the 3rd floor and want to have a container garden on your balcony. Wow that is so great 🙂 last year I read about quite a few very cool container/balcony gardens.

Avocado Tree is in!

Today we planted an avocado tree can you believe it? Gosh it’s going to be so awesome to take care of it and watch it grow until we have them all over the ground I cannot wait! I am sure it will be 2 or 3 seasons until it starts to produce but I think we’re going to be here a very long time. This is my boyfriend Francis. He has made it pretty clear that he does not enjoy gardening but likes the work out when it comes to digging and such. He also was so shocked last summer when our garden grew out of its boundaries — both he and I weren’t sure how successful we’d be so we planted a lot thinking some would make it and some would not — oddly enough everything made it! LOL 🙂 so we are being more careful to plant only things we will eat this year.

*Avocado Nutrition Facts*

Avocados contain just 5 grams of fat per serving.

Avocados contain NO cholesterol and NO sodium.

Avocados contain 60% more potassium per ounce than bananas!

Avocados are high in fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and folate.

Collect those rocks!

Got to save those rocks, know why? Soon – we will be waiting for our crops to grow and find ourselves with flower seeds and slips from plants that we want to grow. We need the rocks to gently cover the holes in the bottoms of the pots so water can drain but not just leak right through. Whenever I get down on my little knee pad and start to move the dirt around, I collect the rocks and put them in a pot (on the left) — and when I need them I use them like in the picture on the right, cover the hole.

Plum Tree

Going to be also focusing on this plum tree. It had a huge sucker shoot next to it that prevented it from bearing a lot of fruit last season so hopefully since we chopped that off and have fed it and water it – I hope, hope, hope we get a lot of fruit from it this year and it starts to flourish.

A sucker shoot is a growth at the base of the tree that appears to be part of the tree but actually is a sucker ….it is nothing and will suck the growth and nutrients from your tree and stunt it. Wow is that my words? LOL …you have to get rid of sucker shoots in order to allow your tree to flourish.

You can see the stump of the sucker root that we chopped off 😉

What’s your zone?

An important part of gardening language is knowing your zone. According to the National Gardening Association the USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to the USDA map. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, use the link below.

USDA Hardiness Zone Finder

According to this map I am in zone 10. It is great to know because practically everything you read about gardening gets specific to your zone.

What’s your zone?

Little baby flowers are growing

It looks like good news for the Dollar Tree seeds – I cruised past the two pots that have the seeds in them today, I noticed they are growing! I will post pics tomorrow – gosh I hope the seeds turn into beautiful flowers that would be so cool that little box that cost a dollar was like a cup full of seeds. More tomorrow!