Saturday, December 26, 2009

Avodaco trees

We have 2 small avocado trees growing! Will post pics soon - here are some tips on growing them.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Apple trees and more

We planted two apple trees today! Also transplanted 8 bushes taken from our church yard this morning (they no longer wanted them), I am not sure what kinds they are, but thought we would give them a chance here. I weeded the 2 big flower beds and the "cold garden" also. Busy day!
Tom planting the Golden Delicious tree!
The Gala apple tree planted and getting water.
Tom's homemade pipe irrigation for watering 6 bushes at once. :-)
A surprise bloom found on a daylily while weeding.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


From the garden, pie pumpkins and roasted pumpkin seeds - yummy!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Garden update

Well, the gardens have mostly been tended by my children the last month or so as we have been finishing a remodel in the house and busy with company visiting. I went out this evening to get a peek at how things were doing. It is a jungle in there! The spacing of the plants is working fine, hardly any weeds and things are growing beautifully! It is incredible how tall the corn and tomatoes and pole beans are, like 10-12' each! The raised beds and close planting prescribed in the square foot gardening method have worked out wonderfully - we have harvested tomatoes, beans, swiss chard, zucchini, cucumber, and peas so far - that is the good news. :-)

The bad news is that I didn't follow directions very well on how far apart to put the *beds* - as in there is NO walking room in there between the beds since the plants have grown SO much! It is hard to imagine when you are planting little seeds that things will grow THAT much, but they have and it's wonderful - but now it's difficult to get around in there. Another difficulty has been the tomato stakes - I had put off getting stakes and wanted to find a cheap solution, just ended up using long sticks - which have rotted and broken and were not tall enough (who knew 10-12' would be needed?) - so the tomatoes are everywhere, literally.

When I went in this evening for the first time in several weeks, it looked like a herd of elephants had tried to squeeze through. The kids had told me that they knocked over the pole bean teepee trying to reach ones off the very top, I had imagined it leaning, but it was actually on the ground and after trying unsuccessfully to right it - I just pulled them all up. I now have a free bed to plant a fast-grower or a fall crop. It also gives more room to get to the bush beans and the tomatoes. I also harvested the rest of the chard and cut most of the dill to hang and dry. I found a cauliflower! I had almost given up on that, so was happy to discover it. The carrots are getting big and the corn is getting close to harvest.

The small garden has been doing fine, even without us ever getting that fence up. There are a couple large pumpkins growing, and I found a little yellow squash started. The watermelon plants are kinda small still, but starting to flower. I should add some fertilizer to all of those beds. The potatoes look great and I did end up getting about 10 small asparagus sprouts after all.

In the cold bed, the cabbage is finally starting to form heads and there is a small broccoli on the plant that is remaining. There are also a couple of lettuce heads that I had planted later that are getting bigger and haven't bolted (yet!).

The strawberries are doing wonderfully! They actually have put runners out all over the place and I need to go cut them so they can grow good roots and not spread quite yet. I look forward to yummy strawberries next year!

Weeds have taken over much of the flower beds, but we did get some lovely blooms. We have been struggling with a puppy who likes to roll on plants and has flattened several things - even eaten some rose buds! The herb bed has not had much attention this year at all, but the oregano and sage in the main garden has done well and I may try to move some of that to the herb bed to see if it will come again next year. I hope to plant some more bulbs in the fall and increase some of the flowering time and beauty toward the front/driveway side of the house next year.

The bugs have been a nuisance at best. The hornworms and squash bugs being the worst so far. Japanese beetles have not been as bad as previous years. I will post later the details of the sprays/powders I have found helpful.

So, that's a summary report. Will get more pics and report back on harvest and storage later.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Small Garden

Asparagus bed ~ 10 little shoots, need to add more composted soil

Pumpkin side of L-shaped bed
Yellow squash and Watermelon side of L-shaped bed


Friday, July 3, 2009

More flowers


Black-eyed Susan patch

Purple coneflowers (echinacea)

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Rose & Will picked these tomato hornworms off the tomatoes. :( There were at least 20-30 of them. We picked them off and fed them to our chickens, then I sprayed with pyrethrin and ordered some more pyrethrin mixed with diatemaceous earth to continue to apply. They did quite a bit of damage, especially to the red delicious plants. It is amazing how much they can eat overnight. I am thankful for my almost 7-year old son who loves bugs!
We have also recently encountered squash beetles, eggs, nymphs and adults on the zucchini, and japanese beetles on the beans. The pyrethrin is supposed to help control all of these pests. I hope it is as good as it is said to be! It is so dissapointing to see your plants and crops diminishing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Main Garden Tour 4

Rose in the garden - ready to pick!

Rainbow Swiss Chard, Marigolds, Peppers, Dill, Oregano, Sage
Corn bed

Main Garden Tour 4

Paste Tomatoes

Cauliflower - eaten by bugs, not forming heads

Yellow pear tomatoes in cauliflower/carrot bed

Green and Red Delicious Tomatoes

Pole beans

Main Garden Tour 4

Bush Beans


Peas / Cukes


Small garden

Asparagus bed ~ 10 little shoots, need to add more composted soil

Pumpkin side of L-shaped bed

Yellow squash and Watermelon side of L-shaped bed


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Simmering kale and Basket o' beans

Some fruits of our labors.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

More flowers and herbs

Black-eyed Susan

Calla Lily

Hosta bud

St. John's Wort

Orange daylily blooms

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Big Summer Storm

We had a huge storm last night with high winds and hard rains and some pea-size hail. Also lots of awesome thunder and lightning! The gardens were my biggest concern, even though were without power or phone for about 6 hours overnight. I went out today and got a closer look. It's not horrid. I think we likely lost half the corn. It didn't seem like too many were broken above ground, but they were laying completely flat. I might try tying string to stakes and seeing if that will hold them up and let them re-root. If not, I may have time to replant that and still get a later harvest. The bush beans are fairly flattened, but I didn't see too many that were broken. The paste tomatoes are the worst - I had not gotten them staked yet, so they were a mess. I got about half of them untangled and staked somewhat before another storm arrived this evening. I need to finish that first thing tomorrow. I didn't have as much time out there as I would have liked today. :-(

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Alexis took this pic.

Alexis took this one also - wild flowers I need to look up (mtn laurel?) with a peony.