Archive for April, 2010

Planted Carrots……..

Does anyone watch Martha Stewart’s Gardening show? I record it and really enjoy her gardening and tips. Martha motivated me last week to plant a row of carrots. Also, planting carrots (or mostly anything for that matter) every two weeks will help regulate your garden. I do this all to often, plant everything at once! I planted 14 tomato plants ALL AT ONCE a few weeks ago LOL oh well my neighbors will be happy. Here is how I planted some carrots:

I always read the package first. It tells me exactly where and how to plant the seeds inside and also tells me approximately when to expect them to germinate and be harvested. The package has so much great information!

Work the dirt over real well because we know that carrots are root veggies — meaning we are actually growing and eating the roots, so the ground needs to be nice and light. I love what Martha taught me too on using a tool to make your line straight when sewing your seeds – as you can see in my garden things are not always lined up straight, which is fine too but it’s good to try! Sew your carrot seeds, push dirt over them and water lightly.

Check out the potatoes to the left? Can you believe that? I am so curious as to what they will look like when they are all done. And I hear too from fellow gardeners about growing potatoes in trash cans — that sounds good too. And yes that is a zuke right above my line of carrots and you know that zuke is going to get huge! I can’t wait LOL

I am also still babying the slips I made it looks like only a few will make it, which is great if they do. You can see the basil is doing great, man that basil is good! I grabbed a few more slips on my dog walk the other day so hopefully they will make it.

And of course, my gardening buddies…

A Gardening Experiment . . . .

Garden where you can right? I see so many cool blogs and articles online where people are getting so creative as to where they plant their garden. It made me try this….my portable cinder-block garden. Yup just got this cinder-block, put it on my lawn – filled it with dirt and a seed to grow green beans and we’ll see how it does. Sure when I mowed the lawn I had to mow around it. Then after I was down I moved it — yup just carefully dragged it far enough so I could mow where it was and also so the grass where it was would not die — pretty cool it’s awesomely portable! I moved it about a foot or so and each day I keep watering it and I am so curious — well of course it will grow but will the roots get down into the grass area? Will grass grow up into the dirt? I will let you know 😀 Doesn’t it look cool? LOL at least, if all else fails I will have somewhere to set a plate if I eat lunch in the backyard. I also think my next try at this will be to stack two or more blocks……What do you think?

I wanted to show you an updated shot of my garden because things are starting to grow! I can’t believe how nice and health they tomatoes and onions are doing and the potatoes are really surprising me on how busy and green the leaves are — I can’t wait. Oh ya you can see the row on the far right isn’t doing too well. Every time it rains there is no rain gutter there and water just comes right off the roof into that row so I am letting it be for now and as soon as summer fully arrives I will probably have to redo that row. Good thing I have plenty of seeds growing — they will go there when the time comes. Also put a new row of carrots in today – I am going to post a tutorial for how to plant carrots on my next blog – and I am going to start new carrots every two weeks so — there will be plenty to go around this summer. I love baking carrots!

Come on gardening buddy – we’re done for today …..and you look mighty thirsty!

Give Pease a Chance!

I read that peas are one of the easiest vegetables to grow for the first time gardener, yet I have not tried them. So, yup — I ordered some seeds and am putting them to the test. Peas do well in pots or you can put them in your garden if you have room. Plant the seeds about 2″ deep and 2-4″ apart in rows if applicable about 5′ apart. While they are growing into seedlings keep them nice and moist and well drained. Seedlings need about 1/2″ water per week. But once you see the seedlings ease up on the watering. Know that peas are a climbing plant so they will need support like a trellis or stakes. If you have them in pots like I do at this time, when they sprout I will leave them in the pots for 3 weeks and then transfer to a pot or garden. A cool tip I caught on Martha Stewart’s Garden Show the other day is plant them in 2 week increments and plant different types (shell, sugar, snap, etc.). You can continue to plant peas until the heat of summer starts and then resume planting in fall. The peas will be ready for harvest in accordance with their package but you can see they are ready for picking when they look a bit swollen and round — but not too big of course. Let me know how yours work out!

Keep up on those weeds and watch everything grow!

I am so proud of my garden – it is doing so well I have a feeling that a month from now we are going to be CRAZY in fresh vegetables! I can’t wait. One thing you cannot see here is the row on the far right and the damage it took during out last rain. It’s totally flooded, I will include a picture below so you can see — it is not looking too good so after all the rains are done (tomorrow and the next day) hopefully the sun will come out from here on out through summer and I can fix that row. There are cucumbers and then near the back are/were zuke seeds so we’ll see — it’s pretty muddy right now which probably means the seeds cannot get air and that will kill them.

There are a few more rain barrels left!

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Hello everyone! Thanks for your patience during my absence! Out of the blue I won three tickets and three nights hotel to the Long Beach Grand Prix 🙂 so that kept me busy these last few days.  I will be updating you on all the happenings soon but wanted to get the note out to you that if you have not signed up – and live in Long Beach, hurry!

The slips I made on my last blog post are coming along as usual. As you can see by these photos about half of them seem to be doing good and half are obviously not going to make it. Which is what I have experienced to be about the right percentage.

The ever beautiful African Daisy

An annual plant completes its life cycle in the span of one growing season. This means they germinate from seed, grow, flower, set seed and then die; usually spring to fall. Some annuals thrive in cool weather and complete their life cycle Fall to Spring. According to Lowes.com/plants where this is listed as plant number L11796 it states that the African Daisy can be used as a tender perennial (coming back year after year) in mild winter areas of the country where temperatures rarely dip below 32°F for long periods of time. In extremely cold winter areas plants can be dug up, potted, and brought indoors to overwinter and replanted the next year. It’s a tender perennial in my area of Long Beach, CA.

You can read more about this plant at:  Lowe’s Plant Guide

I captured this shot from my sisters flower bed where these grow in the hundreds.

On another note it’s hard for me to believe that we are in growing zone 10 so I checked it again at a different website than last time and it confirms – here in 90815 we are in growing zone 10.

CHECK YOUR GROWING ZONE HERE

The Rain Barrel is Full LOL