Vegetable Garden

I got the raised bed all ready back in March. I put the planks in so I could walk into the garden.

 

I put out the broccoli, spinach, and lettuce around mid-April. I also put out the tomatoes and ground cherries. We had one frost after that, so I had to use a floating row cover one night!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Broccoli

Broccoli

 

 

Spinach

Spinach

After some yellow leaves (and still some every now and then), the veggies are growing just fine!

Flower Garden

I ordered all of the seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

All of these seeds in the first picture, except the Mask Flower Coral Beauty (top row, far right) I will start indoors on March 14. I’m going to start the cold stratification of the Mask Flower probably this weekend. According to the seed packet, you need to cold stratify them for about 30 days, so I need to get started.

From top left: Flowers Imperialis Mix Sweet Suttan, Zinnia Giants of California, Mask Flower Coral Beauty, Dahlia Cactus Flowered Mix, Strawflower Tall Double Mix, Snapdragon Tall Deluxe

From top left: Flowers Imperialis Mix Sweet Suttan, Zinnia Giants of California, Mask Flower Coral Beauty, Dahlia Cactus Flowered Mix, Strawflower Tall Double Mix, Snapdragon Tall Deluxe

The next pic has seeds I will also start around March 14.

From top left: Cosmos Sea Shells, Hollyhock Majorette Double Yellow, Flowers Malope Mix, Marigold Spun Gold, Zinnia Royal Purple, Hollyhock Dwarf Queeny Mixed

From top left: Cosmos Sea Shells, Hollyhock Majorette Double Yellow, Flowers Malope Mix, Marigold Spun Gold, Zinnia Royal Purple, Hollyhock Dwarf Queeny Mixed

So, who knew I was so into Mornging Glories? LOL. I ordered several packets because I liked the way they looked so much and that they grow on trellises!

From top left: Morning Glory (MG) Flying Saucers, MG Hazelwood Blues, MG Feringa, MG Sunrise Serenade, MG Grandpa Ott's, MG Carnevale di Venezia

From top left: Morning Glory (MG) Flying Saucers, MG Hazelwood Blues, MG Feringa, MG Sunrise Serenade, MG Grandpa Ott’s, MG Carnevale di Venezia

And last but not least…

Canterbury Bells, Love-In-A-Mist, CandyTuft, Statice Pacific Mix

Canterbury Bells, Love-In-A-Mist, CandyTuft, Statice Pacific Mix

Am I being waaay too ambitious??? I don’t know – we’ll see!

Flower Garden

So far, I have only started seeds on one type of flower – Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate. I froze the seeds for a week before seeding them indoors on February 28. No sprouts yet. I really hope these work out! They are supposed to be over 6′ tall.

Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate

Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate

Garden

I’m getting ready to do TWO gardens (geez, wish me luck!). One is a vegetable garden and the other is a flower garden. After ordering and reviewing several different catalogs, I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their catalog is really neat and informative. I loved just thumbing through it and learning about all the different varieties of seeds they offer. Most of the seeds in the catalog had descriptions and neat tidbits of information. As an example, I bought a packet of flower seeds called Love-In-A-Mist – the description states that Love-In-A-Mist dates back to English gardens of the 1570’s. Makes you want to have a cottage with a big flower garden, right? The Canterbury Bells seeds I got had a description that they are “…a cottage staple for centuries. It was offered by Comstock, Ferre, & Co. in 1856.” Neat, huh? Not to leave others out – I ordered some Cucumber – Boston Pickling that is “an old heirloom dating back to 1880…excellent for pickles…very popular variety at the turn of the 20th century.” I’m also going to try Ground Cherries (Strawberry Husk Tomato), “Huge yield of tart-sweet berries. This is the common type, used by the Pilgrims; excellent for pies, jams, and preserves of all kinds, also delecious fresh.” You get the idea. I would recommend getting the catalog just to read it and imagine all the possibilities! Hopefully, both gardens will turn out as planned. I think I was a bit too ambitious with the veggie garden, but you live and learn. I tried to do a garden last year and learned a lot from it, so still learning this year. I hope I have something good to show everyone later on!

Turning the soil over so I can put compost and top soil over it.

Turning the soil over so I can put compost and top soil over it.

In front on left are onions (Gold Princess variety), in the back of those are tomatoes (Sioux variety) and over to the right is waaay too much broccoli (Waltham 29). I need to thin the broccoli plants!

In front on left are onions (Gold Princess variety), in the back of those are tomatoes (Sioux variety) and over to the right is waaay too much broccoli (Waltham 29). I need to thin the broccoli plants!

I have to admit…I planted some Rocky Top Lettuce seeds and they sprouted, but when I moved them to the window, I lost them. I think I under-watered, so going to try again. Wish me luck!