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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Saturday, January 2 View Page
A new year...and right now it feels so cold and empty...
Thursday, January 14 View Page
Today I opened the last AG from my 2020 season, the 471.8 (uow) Wagler 20, aka 'Mondenkind' (1542 Urena x 2261 Schmit). Excellent seed count, and the fruit on the pollinator plant was a shiny orange one, too :)
Tuesday, February 2 View Page
Sunday, February 7 View Page
Today we´ve had some snow...some kind of snow which had a beautiful pastel apricot color. The pic doesn´t do it justice. In real life this color was so much more stunning. The color came from some Sahara sand (or dust) which had been blown that far and finally gave a nice mix with the snow flakes. Upon melting it was interesting to see what a large fraction of Sahara desert must have moved to Germany. The rather coarse dust you can see on the bottom right side settles nicely. The pic on the top right side shows the dust which was fine enough to get through a coffee filter (and needed a couple of hours to settle).
Saturday, February 13 View Page
Some frosty weather and some frosty suggestions for decoration, one simply needs some thread of wool, some muffin cups, water and some food color, and soon you can put some decoration outside, like here hanging from our bird feeding station.
Wednesday, February 17 View Page
For the 2021 growing season I will need heaps of Good Luck. Well, luck is the only thing that will help, because I cannot throw any wisdom into the game any longer. As of today, the last bit(e) of wisdom is history. Well, maybe I actually could throw it into the game (into the patch), but it certainly wouldn´t help.
Wednesday, February 24 View Page
Two days ago weather forecast predicted pretty warm and sunny days until tomorrow. Thus, I used this wonderful weather to check out what´s going on in my compost box (and to mix it and give it some fresh air), I removed the whole load of compost material from the box and piled it up next to it. Today I filled it back into the box. It´s full of hungry worms. Now the material is mixed nicely, has some fresh air to it and a decent moisture level, and I covered it with some clear plastic (for the sun may warm it up a bit more during the next days). For another month I´ll leave it alone and then let´s see how hungry the worms have been.
Friday, March 5 View Page
Today, a sunny afternoon, and the addiction of "must-do-some-diggin´-in-the-patch", I better call it an 'a-dig-tion'. I decided to turn some soil (and before I did that, I sprinkled some chicken- and pigeon manure on that area), because this will be the part of my patch which will be covered by the AG vines not before mid June, and therefore I´ll be growing some Phacelia flowers there in the interim (and I´ll be sowing them very soon).
Friday, March 5 View Page
Another pic taken today, this one showing some parts of my plans for 2021. The orange squares will become the planting sites (which will receive some compost and other goodies around end of March and will be covered with clear plastic until mid April to let the sun warm up the soil). On each site I´ll be growing two AG plants back to back (red arrows) and back-up plants next to them (blue arrows), planning to let them grow with the back-ups side by side until the first male and female flowers show up (want to use the best plant with the best shape and color of the females and want to make sure I won´t be growing male sterile plants). The other areas marked with a green grid will host some Phacelia flowers, too (still got some digging to do the next couple of days).
Monday, March 8 View Page
Show me a garden that´s bursting into life... :)
Monday, March 8 View Page
Looks like the time for workouts in the patch has just begun. Finished the Phacelia flower area today.
Saturday, March 13 View Page
Phacelia flowers sown today...
Monday, March 15 View Page
Patch today. The part of the patch at the red arrow was the least productive part last year. Therefore, I will grow some potatoes there this year. Today I turned the soil of that strip, added two wheelbarrows full of chicken manure and raked it in. Still some grains and stuff in this manure, perhaps some birds will eat it, perhaps it will sprout...anyway, I´ll treat that strip with a rake every week, so the birds can find more of the seeds and the procedure will disturb the seedlings (if some sprouted). Around end of May this plot should be fine for the potatoes to go in.
Monday, March 15 View Page
...should have read "end of April" in the previous post.
Wednesday, March 17 View Page
Workout today: I broadforked the meadow next to my pumpkin patch...just for fun ;) In fact, I did that on purpose, broadforked a 2 ft wide strip around the patch because I will grow corn around the pumpkin patch (wind protection) and want to convince the corn to grow some more roots toward the meadow rather than into the pumpkin patch. Will do some watering/fertilizing of the corn in May/June on that strip of grassland only, an additional attempt at convincing it to push the roots that way. Hint for the German growers interested in broadforks ("Bodenbelüftungsgabel"): This broadfork is a custom made piece by Oliver Langheim ("Kürbisolli").
Monday, March 22 View Page
Workout today: Around the the two plant sites I mowed the cover crop, then the spots received some goodies (coco coir, alfalfa pellets), and on one site I already added two wheelbarrows full of leaf compost and turned the soil (in a rather shallow manner). Tomorrow (perhaps) I will add some more goodies on top (another layer of leaf compost, alfalfa pellets, horn chips), and the final layer will be the top soil (including the cover crop stuff) from the surrounding area...which is still green. Thereafter, the 2nd site will be treated the same way.
Tuesday, March 23 View Page
As you can see, there´s some progress. Another 3 hours of work went into the patch today. Can´t wait to continue tomorrow. :)
Thursday, March 25 View Page
A sunny day today (has it been), good for some hours of work in the pumpkin patch. And now...? Happy :) ...because patch prep is finished for the next couple of days (or weeks)... Sad :( ...because all the lush green is gone. Looks like I need to be patient for a while.
Saturday, March 27 View Page
As you can see, we started some Easter grass today :)
Monday, March 29 View Page
A splendid day for some more work in the patch :) Today I watered the plant mounds and covered them with clear plastic (yes, it´s clear plastic, even though it looks white, but that´s just the impression because of the water droplets on the inside).
Monday, March 29 View Page
A search pic for those of you who can´t wait to see some fresh green :) Found the first Phacelia seedlings today, can you see them, too?
Monday, March 29 View Page
...and so we continue with the kids´ patch. They did some prep work as well (measuring the planting site, spreading some alfalfa pellets, digging some soil), and I helped them, of course (bringing two wheelbarrows full of compost, finalizing the shape of the plant mound and covering the spot with clear plastic).
Thursday, April 1 View Page
Aaah...soon it will be Easter weekend :)
Thursday, April 8 View Page
8. April, seed starting day :) Basically today I made the final decision as to what will be my final line-up for this year: My 710* Wagler 20 squash and the 927* Jutras 18 squash should serve the green side of life. The 210 Hochstetler 20 (uow) and 2139.4 Skonager 20 will be in charge of putting some (golden?) shining lights into the pumpkin patch.
Sunday, April 11 View Page
All so empty?...Look closely! :)
Monday, April 12 View Page
AG seedling #1 is up :) It´s a 2139.4 Skonager seedling.


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