pulling off the last of the old bean vines from the
chopping up the wild grapevines so i can spread them
on the surface of a garden (don't want to bury them
until they've dried out for another year or two). will
take me a few more days to get all of those done. not
sure the weather is going to cooperate much more for me
to be outside this week. we'll see.
plugging up groundhog den.
After a warmer than usual winter (but nothing record-setting), we
have typical April weather down here. Lows around 60-ish; highs around
80. Clear with little to no rain. Spring is a dry season here.
The gardening year continues with the October "little marvel" peas
heading to compost today but the February "Thomas Laxton" peas are
covered with blossoms; no peas, yet. I'm thinking they'll benefit from
shading from at least afternoon sun, as does the spinach?a variety
called "Tyee", which is doing well in the warm weather but must be
shaded from direct sun. This is my second season of planting this
cultivar and it produces well in the variable wintertime temperatures
The now defunct peas share a bed with turnips which are at the
"must harvest" point. They'll be blooming soon, if mildew doesn't cover
them first. I have some really late mustards and turnips started. If
grown rapidly, they usually usually yield a few croppings before
The "provider" bush snap-beans were planted far too early in
February and sort of marked time due to the chilly nights but now that
the weather seems sure-enough to be warming, they're finally perking up
Today's gardening project is one of preparing a bed to receive
seeds of either "white acre" or "zipper cream" cowpeas. I intend to
grow both; just not sure where yet.
Have seeds in for sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, tomatoes.
Picked up more paper cups for okra seeds. I usually plant okra directly
into its beds but this year's different: The okra's eventual homes are
occupied by other plants that will limit okra seedlings' exposure to
Spent a little time today rehabbing the ginger bed. I'd thought it
all dead after an extremely dry summer followed by a few prolonged lows
in the high 20's. At any rate, DW discovered green buds so I spent a
little time removing chaff and redistributing the sprouting pieces.
i sure haven't seen much rain heading your ways recently...
we've still been well below average here. overnight
temperatures still hitting the teens.
i'm not sure i will see any turnip blooms early
this season. the two biggest areas where i have them
wandering around were upended or are being upended and
so no over-wintered turnips anyplace. diakon radishes
may have to substitute. those sure are monsters if
left go. :)
the earliest spring flowers here are usually crocuses
and some small bulb irises which often bloom through
snow or very cold weather. they don't seem to mind
being repeatedly frozen, but i'm not sure how they
manage it, flower blossom petals don't strike me as
very durable, but they've persisted for a week or two
no gardening projects here today other than walking
outside to check traps and the den plugs. last time
i headed off new attempt by groundhog to make it back
to their den i sliced my hand on a sharp piece of
concrete/rock and so that is going to need another
day or two of healing before i can try to chop more
vines up. it doesn't matter, snowing and rain, windy,
cold, etc. i think next week we'll maybe see towards
50F. if the forecast is right.
i don't have any recall of the okra root ball of
the one time i grew it here - i know it was in a
very tough location and so would likely not have
been an accurate indication anyways. how long can
they be happy in a container that small before
needing to be transplanted? *mmm* fresh ginger... :)
From the weather reports, it looks like last night was our last below-freezing night. My wife pulled up the garden cloth that covers the paths between the rows in the back quarter of the garden this morning and I tilled it up for her.
Lots of seeding trays in the greenhouse and cold frames, plus lots of healthy vegetables in her auxiliary greenhouses, the clear boxes I built to extend the growing season in the garden.
I'll be planting the wild rice seed later this week, carefully following the directions that came with the seed packets. I've tried growing them several times before without success.
North-east of Baltimore
still freezing overnight here. had icicles on the
eves this morning, nice and sunny now with no wind so
we may be able to get out for a walk today. storms
in the forecast the coming week. maybe it will all go
north of us instead of south of us for a change. we'll
mostly playing with some computer programs the past
few days and once in a while patrolling for critters
to keep them from having an easy go of things.
Well, a stalled front finally got a move on and today it's raining
"like it used to", down here. Surprisingly, I remembered to bring in
some container plants that won't take wind or much rain as well as the
recently planted seed cups. Notice some of the tomatoes and some of the
eggplants have sprouted but didn't count or ascertain varieties (yet).
mm, smell of fresh dirt... :)
all would be very frozen here. it's been rather rediculous
compared to normal (whatever that may be), but i'm sure i'll
get over it.
good luck! :)
if the wild rice spreads by stolons you may wish to have
a good border around it if our past experience is any thing
to go by. it sent runners out many-many feet travelling
along barriers, under black plastic, etc. very hard to
control until i ripped everything up and tracked all the
roots/stolons/runners and got them out of there.
reezing night. My wife pulled up the garden cloth that covers the paths bet
ween the rows in the back quarter of the garden this morning and I tilled i
t up for her.
ealthy vegetables in her auxiliary greenhouses, the clear boxes I built to
extend the growing season in the garden.
g the directions that came with the seed packets. I've tried growing them s
everal times before without success.
I dug two rice paddies into the hill on the side of the pond. The walls are
lined with plastic cloth to slow any leakage and the whole thing is surrou
nded by a woven-wire fence. If anything creeps out beyond the fence, the sh
eep will eat it before it gets very far.
We have a small creek on the north end of the property; I'm thinking of pla
nting a few seeds in the slow eddies just to see what happens.
Yep. The English peas are bigger; the Provider beans have beans on
them; the peas ;-) have sprouted, although, emergence has been staggered
over a couple of days because the recent heavy rains compacted the bed.
Emergence is about 80% so I'll probably fill-in in another day or so.
Yep. It has fronds, or whatever those green aerial shoots are, too.
oh, yeah, sheep will keep it down. :)
if the grasses already along there are holding the
banks in place you may not want a taller grass shading
them out. we've had the large drainage ditch out back
shifting because we made the mistake of shading out
some grasses and it is not a good thing to be having
to deal with... i'm going to need hip waders and a
nice dry summer to put large chunks of dirt and grasses
back along the closer bank. too bad it didn't shift
the other direction. i wouldn't have minded that as
much. but of course, with the grass gone along that
bank the water flows easier/faster and takes it out
even more. lesson learned.
Me too ! Our usual last frost is around the 15th of April , and only
once have I had a problem planting this early - 2 or was it 3 years ago
I planted on the 15th and it frosted that night . Nearly lost it all ...
so now I watch the forecast more closely . I figger it'll be towards
mid-week before I actually get started setting plants out , still gotta
harden them off a bit more .
Beans, too. Been picking the English peas for a day or so and the
snap beans are at, "Maybe tomorrow". Time to plant more beans as well
as peas. I only have two beds that I'm willing to give to legumes this
late in the season, although the present "provider" beans may finish up
early enough to warrant a follow-up planting. Aside from that
possibility, no more beans 'til October, maybe September and, for sure,
no English peas before October or November.
besides you need the space for okra... :)
i'm wiped out, long day outside for a few hours. after
being such a wimp all winter. moving large rocks and
digging a little. looks like it will be a busy weekend
of similar as much as i can get done.