JULY VEGETABLES AND FLOWERS

July is a great time for harvesting vegetables and flowers.  So far I’ve been harvesting peppers, cukes, zucchini, beans, peas, basil, parsley, dill, lettuce, radishes, golden beets, fennel, tat soi, kale, and cabbage. 

The flowers have been doing exceptionally well.  I started snapdragon seeds (from Harris Seeds) in March in the basement and was finally able to plant them in the garden in mid May. 

I have pictures below of the snapdragons and the zinnias, as well as pepper, eggplant and beans.  I’m still waiting for the tomatoes to ripen!!! 

As usual, I fertilized with:  chicken poop (COOP POOP), fish emulsion and kelp. 

Below the pictures of flowers and vegetables are two pictures of the amazing BLACK SNAKEROOT!  Cool plant.  Grows about 4 ft. in the shade.  

  HAPPY GARDENING, EVERYONE.

 

 

 

Advertisements

HOME JUNE

Just a few more pictures of some really interesting flowers (from left to right):

Persian speedwell, Solomon’s seal, Candytuft, Jack-in- the-pulpit, Forget-me-not, and Star of Bethlehem.

These are all perennials!

RAIN’S NOT A PAIN!

JUNE:  FLOWERS AT HOME:

It’s been very rainy this spring, but the upside is that things are growing beautifully.  Here are some of my favorites around the house that are in bloom now:

GARDENIA

BEGONIA

HONEYSUCKLE

COLEUS ANNUAL

WAX BEGONIA ANNUAL

IMG_6808

SPIDERWORT

KNOCKOUT ROSE

YELLOW SEDUM

SWEET WILLIAM

STELLA D’ORO DAY LILY

KNOCKOUT ROSES

IMG_6796 - Copy

BENGAL TIGER CANNA

PEONY AND KNOCKOUT ROSE

SUNDROPS

IMG_6793 - Copy

SUNDROPS (EVENING PRIMROSE)

MIXED BED

EASY LIVIN’ ROSE

EASY LIVIN’ ROSE (PHOEBE’S ROSE)

EASY LIVIN’ ROSE

 

LADY BUG VIDEO

Very important video about the Life Cycle of Lady Bugs.  Be sure not to mistake the larvae stage for a bad bug!!  Keep those LADY BUGS multiplying.  They are wonderful for your garden.

 

JUNE 2018: FINALLY, THE SUN CAME OUT!!

VEGETABLE GARDENS:

It seemed as though the sun would never come out this Spring.  After Cliff and I got the garden cleaned up, it rained and rained. The good news:  All the seeds, tubers, etc. germinated and grew.  Here are a few pictures of the Vegetable Gardens.

Cliff had planted some grass and bought a bale of salt hay to put over the seeds.  He kindly let me have the left over salt hay, which I’ve been using to keep down the weeds and keep the soil moist.  This is an experiment, so we’ll see how it works.  You can see the hay in the pictures of the County garden.  So far this is what I have planted: 

Vegetables:

  1. 4 kinds of tomatoes
  2. Asian Eggplant
  3. Oak Leaf Lettuce
  4. Radishes
  5. Fennel
  6. Parsley
  7. Basil
  8. Cucumbers
  9. Beans
  10. Zucchini
  11. Spinach
  12. Peas (not doing well!)
  13. Curly Kale
  14. Broccoli
  15. Golden Beet
  16. Asparagus & currants (perennials)
  17. Peppers

Flowers: 

Marigolds, snapdragons, gladiolas, cannas, zinnias, perennials:  roses, iris, yarrow, lily, daisies

As always, I have been fertilizing with Fish Emulsion & Kelp and Espoma Garden Tone, but this year I discovered a fertilizer named “COOP POOP.”  I got it at Agway, and it’s very inexpensive.  A 40 lb. bag costs a little over $10.  I am experimenting with it on all of my gardens, including my home flower beds.  So far, it seems to be quite good.  Time will tell.  It occurred to me yesterday when I was putting Coop Poop and Fish Emulsion on my flowers and shrubs that I am feeding my plants fish and chicken!  Pretty funny.  So that’s it for today.  Happy Gardening!


 

APRIL CLEAN UP

In April we had some very strange weather!!  On the day that I asked Cliff to help clean up my County Community Garden Plot, it was 95+ degrees.  He helped me by cleaning out the tomato and flower sections while I sweated, got red in the face, sat in my chair and drank lots of water.  But together we managed to get all the cannas and gladiolas planted, and I planted the Giant Zinnia seeds as well as snapdragon seedlings that I had started under lights in the basement.  Here are some pics:

 

FARMER CLIFF

FARMER CLIFF PLANTING GLADIOLA BULBS

IMG_6636

PLANTING ZINNIA SEEDS

IMG_6641

RED FACE HOT!!!

PLANTING SEEDS

PATTING DOWN SEEDS

AUGUST 2017: FINALLY, BUTTERFLIES!!

I finally saw a butterfly or two in my garden.  In August, probably my favorite part of my garden is my flower section.  It’s usually blooming profusely at this time of year, while other things are being attacked by critters and bugs.  I grow zinnias, gladiolas, and little odds and ends.  The zinnias are great for attracting butterflies and bees.  So here are a few pictures I just took yesterday.

IMG_6377

SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL ON CALIFORNIA GIANT ZINNIA

IMG_6374

      CALIFORNIA GIANT ZINNIAS AND RED CANNAS   CALIFORNIA GIANT ZINNIAS AND CANNAS BOTH GET TO BE ABOUT 6 FEET HIGH!!!    (STICKS ARE IN A GARDEN BEHIND MINE.)

IMG_6312

ARRANGEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA GIANT ZINNIA, GIANT MARIGOLDS, PINK COSMOS AND ORANGE, YELLOW AND FUSCHIA AND YELLOW GLADIOLAS

 

IMG_6380

NOT MINE, BUT SO PRETTY!

HOME SWEET HOME

Home is where the heart is, and there are some pretty nice flowers this summer.  Here are a few:

 

 

IMG_6159

CLOSE UP OF GOOSENECK LOOSESTRIFE