Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
In our area spring tends to bring some of our most severe storms. Hail can come unexpectedly, wreaking havoc in our gardens. Large-leaf and non woody stemmed plants can take the most damage. Most of the time the damage isn't the end of the world, but you can lose harvest.
There are several options that you can choose from to protect your plants from hail damage, ranging from a sheet spread over the plants to hoophouses or other structures. The idea is to cover your plants with something that the will hail will bounce off of. Simple as that. Here's a link to another blogpost covering several hail protection methods used in an area that gets struck with more hail than we generally do.
If you already have some hail damage, then here are some suggestions on what you can do to help your plant recover.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Isn't it lovely! The kids and I are going to keep a close watch on the area. If we see any more come up, we're going to harvest it.
My husband also recently found a nice batch of wild onions growing on our place. It's fun to find unexpected gifts from the land. We're going to be keeping an eye out to see what other treasures we can find.
Until next time, happy gardening!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I noticed in my garden walk yesterday afternoon that the warm weather jump started all of the potato starts that my family and I planted a couple of weeks ago. There are cute little shoots popping up out of the hay mulch! I love seeing vegetables and flowers growing.
Potato starts are available now for purchase from garden stores. They can be planted right now in our area. You can check out Michele's previous post on potatoes to see the difference between potato starts specifically for planting vs using potatoes intended for eating.
I used red potato starts intended for planting. I want to mention that I picked these up from my local hardware/feed store for a much cheaper price than the home supply stores. It's always a good idea to check out your local shops before heading to the big box stores. You can luck out on some great deals.
Don't feel that it's late in the season to plant potatoes. It's nowhere near that. Last year it must've been halfway through April before I got mine in the ground. I still got loads of potatoes, lasting all the way until the heat and drought finally did them in.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Ok, I'll admit that this not the most awe-inspiring picture of a garden ever, but hey I tried. At the bottom of the picture, you can see the fence we put up to keep the rabbits out. It's not very impressive to look at, but it does the job and was made from materials we had on hand. Given more time and resources, you can do a much better job, but I just wanted to show you that it doesn't nave to be fancy to work.
The top of the picture features some of the sprouts we are seeing. These are some of the seeds that the kids toiled away to plant for me (I supervised). The beans and peas are looking good, and the lettuce is ready to eat. Yes, all of those white things in the pictures are rocks. I am attempting to grow vegetables in a rock garden! But look, it's working and the plants are growing. It just goes to show you that with the proper nutrition, plants will grow in almost any soil. We have added a lot of natural fertilizer to this garden over the years (rabbit, chicken, goat and horse manure) and it has paid off. The lucky plants that are growing in the raised beds actually have nice, rock free soil, but honestly, the yield is about the same when I take the time to water properly.
This post is mostly just to let you know that you don't need perfect conditions to have a successful garden. Don't get frustrated and don't feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of materials just to get started. You only need a shovel, seeds, time and patience. Compost, fertilizer, and mulch help out too! Now no more excuses - get that garden started today!