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The corn has been planted!

Well I dug up the row in my garden that was drown by the rains and the fact that we are missing a rain gutter on that side so I have an entire row to figure out what to plant. I do have quite a few seedlings that are ready to be planted so there won’t be any trips to the nursery. I am pretty sure there will be a zucchini and some green beans filling up that row. For a few days I am leaving the dirt I dug up to dry out – it is the most wet soil of my entire garden. I also have a big bag of 3 cubic feet of soil that I will use when planting there.

I also weeded the far corner of the garden and planted corn. My neighbor had given me a baggie full of organic corn seeds that he grows every year. So I planted three small rows, which also follows along the rule to rotate crops – my corn was not in this area last season. Emmitt, my garden gnome, moves around the garden and guards plants in need of a little attention. So of course, he is now by the corn.

On the flower front all the beauty’s are doing great. Both my front yard flower beds and the backyard one are doing very well. Remember to keep the soil moist when planting seeds — until you see the seedlings reach the surface then you can back off the watering a little bit so the roots have plenty of oxygen as well.

Enjoy your day!

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Plant a seed – yes plant them now!

After planting all my flower seeds that I got in the mail I had a handful left. It is so different than when I was a kid and would just toss seeds everywhere or lay them down and cover them with dirt – now each seed not only costs money but each individual seed can/may/hopefully will produce a brilliant plant 🙂 so you have to be thoughtful. Here is a tip on how I planted the last handful of Zinnia seeds. After the soil is moist take a screw driver and make holes like those above. Then it’s easy to drop in one seed per hold and then cover all the holes with dirt or like I did use an upgraded Miracle Grow potting soil just to give them a little extra push, they should like that — we’ll see!

I am really hoping this area will take off as a flower bed – it is a good alternative to what I had there last year which was herbs, melons and pumpkins.

It is funny because I remember last year a few friends on Facebook were asking me, after I posted some harvest pics “OMG Colleen what did you put in your soil? How are you tomatoes growing so fast? How did you do it?” Which is one reason I wanted to blog this year so I could work with a few friends to see the best way to do things, compare notes and answer questions. Well the number one thing I have come to realize is: LOOK AT ALL THE TIME YOU HAVE TO PUT IN! Ya I mean a lot of people do plant and leave things alone and do very well but I think it’s all the extra time or as I call it – dirt time — where you are truly down on your knees planting things, arranging things, feeding them, cultivating — thinking 🙂 you know — that’s the way to have success in your garden.

Your thoughts?

ps by mid summer I will be out of pots! I can’t wait.

Hey next blog will be about SLIPS 🙂 YaY! We’re planting slips so get your root tone, scissors, pot and dirt ready!

Let’s make stuff!

Colleen