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Tuesday, January 31 View Page
I took this photo today, but the planting for the seed tray without the blue towel was planted on Sunday, January 29th. On that day, I planted Trinidad yellow scorpion peppers (Garofano 2016), World Record Strain giant green bell peppers (Nieuwenhoff) and Sweet Banana Peppers. Thank you exotic seed exchange 2016!!
 
Sunday, February 5 View Page
I took this photo on 01.31.2017, but the planting for the seed tray with the blue towel was planted on Sunday, January 29th. On that day, I planted California Wonder Sweet Green Peppers. Process is the same as stated for the first entry during planting.
 
Sunday, February 5 View Page
Today, I planted determinant Bush Beef tomatoes. These will not vine and are typically more compact. I have experienced great great disease resistance, reduced watering and very high yields. I repeated the same planting method used for the peppers with the exception of adding clear plastic wrap to retain moisture. I also have shown the type of potting soil used for sprouting the plants.
 
Sunday, February 5 View Page
Today, I also planted determinant San Marzano tomatoes. These will not vine and are typically more compact. Fruits are typically produced within the center of the plant. I have experienced some disease resistance, reduced watering and very high yields; however, drip irrigation is required as well as keeping a watchful eye on the green horn-worm! I repeated the same planting method used for the first tomatoes with the exception of adding clear plastic wrap to retain moisture. These should be up in 7-10 days along with the first tomato tray.
 
Sunday, February 5 View Page
Today, I finished changing out my old lights with new Gro Lux lights! Thanks Menards!! The greenhouse is set with towels on shelves to catch moisture and water. Heat mats are under each tray and grow lights are mounted above trays as shown. Special thanks to my son, Christopher, for his help in putting the house together and the first lights in place!
 
Sunday, February 5 View Page
I was greeted with an early surprise from a tiny Trinidad yellow scorpion pepper (Garofano 2016) which sprouted way ahead of schedule! After checking at 5 pm, I also found more peppers breaking the soil surface. Wonderful!!
 
Wednesday, February 8 View Page
Showing the progress of the planted Trinidad yellow scorpion peppers (Garofano 2016), World Record Strain giant green bell peppers (Nieuwenhoff) and Sweet Banana Peppers. The scorpion peppers will require separation and I will demonstrate that at a later time. All other seedlings need more time to sprout and grow!
 
Wednesday, February 8 View Page
Showing the progress of the planted California Green Bell Peppers. Uneven watering can cause seeds to randomly sprout. All need more time, but check back soon for an update!
 
Saturday, February 11 View Page
Showing another way to consider sprouting seeds. Under the tray with seeds and soil, I have placed a heat mat. A sliding vent system in the top cover allows for air to the seedlings.
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
On the blue towel, I have thinned and deeply transplanted San Marzano tomato seedlings. I have also move them under my son, Christopher's, Performance Plus shop light. The heat mat is providing additional heat to the soil. Lesson learned here is to watch the seedlings as they sprout under clear plastic wrap. I didn't pay attention to this and the plants were spindly and looked like a cork screw. I lifted the seedlings with a clean fork and separated each seedling by holding the primary leaves to avoid pinching the vital tender stem. I finished this morning and checked again at 2 pm. So far, so good!
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
On the white towel, I have thinned and deeply transplanted Bush Beef determinant tomato seedlings. I have also move them under my son, Christopher's, Performance Plus shop light. The heat mat is providing additional heat to the soil. Lesson learned here is to watch the seedlings as they sprout under clear plastic wrap. I didn't pay attention to this and the plants were spindly and looked like a cork screw. I lifted the seedlings with a clean fork and separated each seedling by holding the primary leaves to avoid pinching the vital tender stem. I finished this morning and checked again at 2 pm. So far, so good!
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
On the orange towel and inside my greenhouse, I have seeded Lemon Globe in-determinant tomato seeds, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seeds, and Purple Cherokee determinant seeds. Since I experienced issues with the clear plastic, I have decided to not use a cover. All are from seeds I personally saved from last year!
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
On the left of this tray, I am showing three of the 4 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper from 550g Nieuwenhoff-still waiting on the fourth seed to sprout (number three sprouted just this morning). In the middle, I have planted six Ghost Pepper seeds from Oglesby 2016. The six cups previously contained banana pepper seeds that were not viable. On the right, the two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 have been previously separated and doing very well.
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
Sometimes seeds sprout and sometimes they don't and so, it is important to try again. In the empty pots, I have reseeded more California Green Bell Peppers. Seeds might not be viable, but then again, watering can be off, the heat source may be inadequate and even the depth of planting may be an issue. I continue to learn as I go through the planting process.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
I am using Essential Plus 101 from Wow Wallace for watering my new seedlings. The mix is 2 oz. to 1 gallon of room temperature water left to sit for 24 hours. I weekly water seedlings very sparingly just to keep soil moist.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
San Marzano seedlings are progressing well and are showing a second leaf!
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
OOPS!! The previous entry should state the "Bush Beef" seedlings are progressing well and are showing a second leaf! This photo is showing the San Marzano seedlings. As the seedlings progress, I will point out the difference in the leaf structures of these as well as the difference between determinant and indeterminant tomato varieties.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Here is an update on the seedlings previously shown on the orange towel inside my greenhouse. I had seeded Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seeds, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seeds, and Purple Cherokee determinant seeds. These were previously saved seeds from Heirloom varieties. The viability of the seeds are very good and now, thinning is required to strengthen growth.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Here is an update on the seedling's thinning, resolving of surface salts and treatment with Essential Plus 101. This tray will be used to show variety differences and also, it will be used to monitor the impact of surface salts on new seedlings. I am also researching cover crops to determine the best attack on saturated clay soils in my community garden plots. I am considering Territorial Seed Company, but other ideas would be greatly appreciated from growers.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Update on progress: On the left of this tray, I am showing three of the 4 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper from 550g Nieuwenhoff-still waiting on the fourth seed to sprout (number three sprouted is a weak seedling). In the middle, I have planted six Ghost Pepper seeds from Oglesby 2016 and will continue to check back on these in the next week. These require a great amount of heat. On the right, the two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 have been previously separated and doing very well. Plastic cover has been removed, but heat mat and grow light will remain in place.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Update on progress: I am showing another round of reseeding with the California Wonder Green Bell Peppers. Plastic cover has been removed, but heat mat and grow light will remain in place. I have also treated these seedlings to Essential Plus 101.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
My morning walk in the Oakhurst Forest Preserve was so beautiful. I am enjoying the migrating flocks of varying birds, beautiful sunrises and fog lifting over the water's surface!
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
I can't wait for spring!!
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Oakhurst Forest Preserve facing north.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Oakhurst Forest Preserve facing south. In the distance, I am showing the west side of the Fox Valley Park District Community Garden Plots. These will open in April.
 
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Oakhurst Forest Preserve facing southwest. We amend our own soil each year, haul all the water and do our own tilling. I will update during progress this year!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8p80RjnVbs I found this link on You Tube and wanted to share it with you! I plan to try my hand at transplanting spring crops beyond the usual ones. I'll post updates as I go forward.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are progressing well! These will need further transplant and a deeper position in the new pot to establish a decent root system along the stem. Even watering is essential and something I need to pay more attention too. Right now, the temperature outdoors is 25 F, but feels like 18 F. We have had a major weather change from very warm weather to very cold. Thank goodness for an indoor greenhouse, heat mats and grow lights!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are progressing well! I lost one seedling last night, but another has since sprouted! These will need further transplant and a deeper position in the new pot to establish a decent root system along the stem. I use a clean fork to weekly aerate the soil surface.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Update on progress: Reseeding with the California Wonder Green Bell Peppers really paid off! I have also treated these seedlings to Essential Plus 101.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
The wind is howling outside!! Update on progress: On the left of this tray, I am now showing 4 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff! The fourth sprouted this morning!! In the middle, I have planted six Ghost Pepper seeds from Oglesby 2016 and some began sprouting this afternoon!! These require a great amount of heat. On the right, the two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 have been previously separated and doing very well. I am so excited to receive so many wonderful seeds from the Exotic Seed Exchange this year!!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Update on progress: I had seeded Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seeds, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seeds, and Purple Cherokee determinant seeds. Again, I allowed the watering to go a bit unchecked during the week. These will need to be deeply transplanted into new pots. I have also turned the pots and raised the grow lights.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Today, I seeded Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors". Most of the time, I buy the flowers in flats, but I really wanted to try to do this at home. I often reuse pots and wash them at the end of the season in hot soapy water and air dry them in the sun. I placed the empty pots in a clean reusable tray.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
I filled each pot with 2 cups of the same soil mix used for my prior seedlings and watered well before seeding. At times, it may be difficult to see the seeds due to size, color and shape. The top row contains the marigolds and the bottom contains the geraniums.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
I recommend reading seed packets or asking other growers for tips on planting depth. For example, marigolds need a covering of 1/8 to 1/4 inch of soil. Gently pressing down on the soil covering provides soil contact with seed casings. I covered the pots with clear plastic wrap and placed them in my greenhouse and will provide an update next week! Keep thinking Spring!!!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
I have posted the frost dates from The Old Farmer's 2017 Almanac by Robert B Thomas founded in 1792. This year marks the 225th anniversary. I am often asked questions about the last frost date and for my area this year it is April 20th. I should have started my flowers two weeks ago according to this date, but I am also thinking of the weather conditions ahead in April and May which appear cool and wet!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
I have included a weather forecast for region 6 for the Lower Lakes.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
I following most of the moon phase guide for area 3 with pretty decent success.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
Update on progress: California Wonder Green Bell Peppers doing well! I have continued treatment with Essential Plus 101.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
The weather is cold at 13 degrees F with a wind from the west!! Snow last night and more to come tonight! Update on progress: On the left of this tray, 4 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff are doing well! In the middle, I have planted six Ghost Pepper seeds from Oglesby 2016 (4 of 6 are up) and more are still slowly sprouting. On the right, the two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 are doing very well.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
Lack of drainage at the Fox Valley Park District community garden plots often results in standing water. Runoff is restricted to this area due to lack of access to two retention basins (wet and dry) just south of 5th Avenue. The risers for both are clogged with sediment and vegetation due to lack of maintenance.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
Update on progress: Way ahead of the germination schedule and doing very well! Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors" have sprouted this past Tuesday!!
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
Spring is in the air! I spotted two ducks on their morning swim, during my early morning walk.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are progressing well! These still need further transplant and a deeper position in the new pot to establish a decent root system along the stem.
 
Friday, March 3 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are progressing well! These still need further transplant and a deeper position in the new pot to establish a decent root system along the stem.
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
Update on progress: Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seeds, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seeds, and Purple Cherokee determinant seeds are all doing well. These will need to be deeply transplanted into new pots.
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Tomorrow is the day! Time to rent those community garden plots!!
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Waiting for Spring...........................
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
and waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Monday, March 6 View Page
My son, Christopher, was hit by a driver rolling a stop sign. He was riding his bike to work. Bikes can be fixed and thankfully, he is recovering from injuries. Hopefully, we can get into to the orthopedic doctor this week.
 
Tuesday, March 7 View Page
Fox Valley Park District new fence rules for 2017!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are progressing, but started showing some yellowing. I stopped feeding and transplanted all into new separate pots.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are progressing, but also started showing some yellowing. I stopped feeding and transplanted all into new separate pots.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Update on progress: California Wonder Green Bell Peppers doing okay, but I really need to check the soil more before the plants dry out. I stopped treatment with Essential Plus 101 even though the roots looked nice, I don't think from reading other diaries that feeding too much right now is helping.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
The weather is cold at 20 degrees F with a wind very light at 4 mph!! Snow comes tonight with 1-3 inches possible! Update on progress: Tray is showing now 3 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff since I allowed the soil to dry out and one of the seedlings died. In the middle, I had planted six Ghost Pepper seeds from Oglesby 2016 (5 of 6 have died). I tried planting this weekend new Carolina Repear seeds in new pots, but whoever donated those to the Exotic seed exchange never included more than a name of the seed. The grower's name and year grown were missing from the package! The two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 are doing very well.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Update on progress: Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seedlings, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seedlings, and Purple Cherokee determinant seedlings are all doing well. These were transplanted yesterday into new pots.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Update on progress: Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors" seedlings are doing very well!!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Yesterday, my son, Christopher, and I met Kyle Davis. He shared pumpkin growing knowledge and I learned so much! He is so kind and I am really thankful to know him. It is wonderful to meet fellow growers with a passion to share with others!! Thanks Kyle!!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Today, I finally had a minute to go over the files from Mark McWilliams. Very helpful and very experienced in growing! His pdf files were so helpful to my family in arming ourselves with valuable information regarding drainage problems and soil profiles throughout our community garden plots. They are a mess out there, but I am thankful now that we worked to try to amend the mess over the years. It has not been easy and many times, I just wanted to give up! If you have a moment check out: Web Soil Survey https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm Thanks Mark!!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are slowly progressing and the yellowing seemed to ease up a bit.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are slowly progressing and the yellowing seems to be also easing a bit.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Update on progress: California Wonder Green Bell Peppers doing okay, but still struggle unlike past year's seedlings.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
The weather is warm at 62 degrees F which may break a record at 79 with a strong southerly wind!! Thunderstorms tonight with rain through Monday! Update on progress: Tray is showing now 3 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff. I have one Ghost Pepper seedling from Oglesby 2016. I have new Carolina Repear seedlings in new pots, but whoever donated those to the Exotic seed exchange never included more than a name of the seed. The grower's name and year grown were missing from the package! The two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 are doing very well. Some of my tomato transplants are also taking space in the tray.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Update on progress: Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seedlings are in love with my grow light, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seedlings, and Purple Cherokee determinant seedlings are all doing well. Too windy to try to put them outside today!!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Update on progress: Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors" seedlings are doing very well!!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Squirrel dines at the feeders! Hoping to catch the white one soon!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Someone gave the robin the wrong information on the start of spring!! She loves to eat the homemade suet with the downy woodpeckers at my feeders. One day, I am hoping to capture a photo of the red belly woodpecker!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Cool crops emerging! Lettuces, kale, onions, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, beets and on and on it goes!!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Cool crops emerging! Lettuces, kale, onions, carrots, spinach, swiss chard, beets and on and on it goes!! I set them outdoors today for some natural light.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
The "hen scratch" tilling of the Fox Valley Park District. First fairly calm nice day. Pulverizing maybe 2-3" of clay. I'll keep you updated on the weed population as it progresses. Hang on for the ride!!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Count down for the emergence of weeds. Place your bets!!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Keeping you posted on when the first dump of scrubs, tree brush, doors, windows, tires and other fun items end up in this pit. Just the beginning!! Plots open April 15th.
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Out for a stroll!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Cool crops moving along!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Another tray of more cool crops.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Update on progress: California Wonder Green Bell Peppers doing okay, but still struggle unlike past year's seedlings. Considering turning off the heat mats.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
The weather is cool and damp at 57 degrees F with lots of clouds and rain on and off. Update on progress: Tray is showing now 3 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff. They are taking off on the right. I have one Ghost Pepper seedling from Oglesby 2016. Waiting for a new leaf set. I have new Carolina Repear seedlings in new pots and they seem to be doing okay. The two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 are doing very well. Some of my tomato transplants are also taking space in the tray and appear to have a love affair with the grow light!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Update on progress: Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seedlings are in love with my grow light, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seedlings, and Purple Cherokee determinant seedlings are all doing well. A few have found homes in co worker's gardens this summer and some I will keep.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are slowly progressing and the yellowing seemed to ease up a bit. A few are surging in growth.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Update on progress: Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors" seedlings are doing very well!! Really excited to have a really nice flower assortment.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are slowly progressing and the yellowing seems to be also easing a bit. I am so looking forward to transplant day!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Pond is on the right, but the boy leads the girl duck to the swamp on the left. Perfect date!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Pack and ship biddygoat!! More on this ahead..............!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Checking out my flowers!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Resident chipmunk checks out the spring weather on the log. He continues to dart out of the wood pile with his stash of nuts to munch!!
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Lunch time!
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
The flooding at our community garden plots continues.....
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
and continues....
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Time to start paddling!!
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Row, row, row your boat!!!
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Anyone need some water for their pumpkins????
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
And on and on.............
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Good time to include a diagnostic key for Cucurbit disease identification. I see lots of questions posted on this site. I found this last year and wanted to pass it along to others. http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/DiagnosticKeys/CucKey.html
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Good time to include a diagnostic key for Tomato disease identification. I see lots of questions posted on this site. I found this last year and wanted to pass it along to others. http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/DiagnosticKeys/TomKey.html
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Bush Beef determinant seedlings are really having a rough time, so I may replant a few this weekend!
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Update on progress: Lemon Globe indeterminant tomato seedlings are in love with my son's grow light, Chilean Red Flat Bush Beef determinant tomato seedlings, and Purple Cherokee determinant seedlings are all doing well. A few have found homes in co worker's gardens this summer and some I will keep. I need to find time to transplant!
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Update on progress: California Wonder Green Bell Peppers doing pretty bad! Heat mats are back on! May need to also replant this weekend - bummer!!
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
The weather is rain on and off with a severe thunderstorm watch in affect until 10pm CDT and 66 degrees F. Update on progress: Tray is showing now 3 World Record Strain Giant Bell Pepper seedlings from 550g Nieuwenhoff. They are taking off on the right, but still slow. I have one Ghost Pepper seedling from Oglesby 2016. Waiting for a new leaf set. I have new Carolina Repear seedlings in new pots and they seem to be doing okay. The two cups with all four Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Yellow peppers from Garofano 2016 are doing well.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
Update on progress: Geranium "Paint Box Mix" and Marigold "Sparky Mixed Colors" seedlings are doing very well!! Really excited to have a really nice flower assortment. These ones have begun the hardening process outdoors, but are brought in at night.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
San Marzano determinant seedlings are progressing well since transplant day!! These have begun the hardening process outdoors and are brought inside at night.
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Water, water, everywhere..............
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Nice view to the west!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
My new grow box created from old fence posts we once used at the plots and reclaimed pallet wood. Many thanks to my son, Christopher!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Another view...
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Another grow box and I cannot wait to begin planting!!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Waiting for the big warm up!!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
My spring flowers!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
More signs of spring in my flower beds!!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Setting up for growing this summer!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
More flowers!!
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Making and freezing pesto. I spray an ice cube tray and spread the prepared pesto into the spaces. I place plastic wrap on top and then freeze. After the cubes are frozen, I pop out the cubes and store in freezer bag for up to one year. Wonderful to use in cooking and salads!!
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Good time to mention soil testing. We use the following link - https://www.westernlaboratories.com/submission-forms.html
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Waiting for opening day at the FVPD garden plots.
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
Migrating flocks arriving at the Oakhurst Forest Preserve.
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Be careful where you step on the walking path!! Tiny new turtle has lost his way!!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Egrets and the Great Blue Heron have arrived!!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Interesting changes in the forest occur every day!!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Weather has been deceiving at 70+ degrees. Eager new gardeners are out at the plots planting anything and everything. Cold weather is coming this week with lots of cold rain. I am waiting with my tender crops until May.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Today, I transplanted Detroit Red Beets, Spanish Onions and Nantes Carrots. This planter has composted aged horse manure, raw kitchen scraps (no dairy, citrus or meat), shredded b/w newspaper and 1/2 c. Burpee Organics Tomato and Vegetable Granular Slow release fertilizer.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Today, I transplanted (L2R) Arugula, Butter Crunch Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Spanish Onions Arugula, Green Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Butter Crunch Lettuce and Swiss Chard. In the next row between the wood stakes, I planted Heirloom Sugar Daddy Peas. Next to the peas, I transplanted Curly Kale, Vates Collards between the two Kale and French Dressing Radishes to the either sides of the Kale. This planter has layers of garden soil, composted aged horse manure, raw kitchen scraps (no dairy, citrus or meat), shredded b/w newspaper, shredded card board, over wintered 22 gallon totes of decomposed giant pumpkin, squash and kitchen scraps and 1 1/2 c. Burpee Organics Tomato and Vegetable Granular Slow release fertilizer. The fertilizer was worked into the soil prior to planting and watering the soil surface. Temperature outside is 67 degrees F, winds are light at 1 mph from the north, mostly cloudy, RH 71%, BP 30", visibility is 9 miles, Dew point Temp is 57 degrees F, sunrise at 6:06 am and sunset at 7:38 pm. Planting is very early considering page 248 of the 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac by the moon's phase for my area (3), so I will be closely watching these transplants. I have backups since this is my first time. I am expecting the temperature in the raised beds to be higher than when planted in level ground.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
In this tray, I have planted (L2R) Iower Poppy American Legion, Purple or White Allium (2nd try as 1st planting never sprouted), Marigolds, and Orange Cosmos which are mostly from the Exotic Seed Exchange w/o the marigolds. No other information was included by the growers. On the far right, are two cups planted with seeds from the 4.53 Terry Wixom Slammer 2016. The tray has been outside 3 times for hardening during the mild weather. I have prepped pots outside waiting for the transplant of Wixom's Giant Tomato Plants!!
 

 

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