I finally have some interest in gardening again! The greenhouse is
completely full of my tubs of Brugmansia's, mini-roses which never
stopped blooming since last spring (!) and three flats of Bulbine I
made from one large plant, some pink prickly cactus.
I've germinated and transplanted into 4" pots Black Eyed Susan vine
and some time today I have to transplant the seedlings of amaranth,
(Love Lies Bleeding), Salvia 'Black and Blue,' S. coccinea, Texas Star
Hibiscus and I'll have to look at what else germinated.
It actually rained here a bit yesterday and tomorrow I plan on
starting to rake out and weed the front beds and get the bare root
perennials I bought potted up. It was so dry that I lost my canna
'Tropicana' last summer. I did water it, but it was just never
enough. This year the shade beds will get a bunch of ferns, native
yellow columbine and I am moving the Mexican honeysuckle. That plant
has not stopped blooming all summer and winter last year and even
though hit with light frosts, continues now to bloom. I want that
closer to where I can observe the hummingbirds.
Updated daily when able.
I just put in some radicchio seeds, in a flat in the garage.
It's too wet to plant in the ground, as we may still get
more rain, which would wash the tiny seeds away.
Put some melon seeds into the ground two weeks
or so ago -- may not such a great idea -- see above.
This week will start some grape tomato seeds from my
Canadian friend Helen, but also in the garage, see above.
Will probably wait almost a month before putting in
the lemon cucumber seeds. (Anybody ever grown those?
Then on to the sweet pepper, cucumbers and corn.
Later, another try at fraises du bois, which I tried many
years ago; not much luck; perhaps too much sun?
Kept some beet thinnings, and will try transplanting after the rain.
Have never had great luck transplanting thinnings, like carrots.
Irrational aversion to just discarding the poor little things.
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wrote: >>I've germinated and transplanted into 4" pots Black Eyed Susan
is Love Lies Bleeding also an edible amaranth? my 8 year old son
wants to put in a rather ambitious entry garden this spring summer
(he's been digging an ornamental pond for 3 years now. the deep end
is now 4', so we'll put in the liners & pump/filters this year). i
was thinking the Love Lie Bleeding might be nice flanking the
beginning of the walkway at the driveway...
and it's way to early to be starting anything here yet. maybe in
late March, although i might try a couple tomatoes earlier to put
out under Wall O'Water covers in April. there's a few tomatoes
coming up in the tortoise cages.
they'll take over the garden! i sincerely doubt i'll have to plant
any this year, i had so many go overripe last summer. i'll have
volunteer lemon cukes everywhere (including the pasture, since i
tossed a bunch to the goats)
make soup with the carrot thinnings. carrot top soup is quite
Current seedlings I have are: parsley,basil, leek, artichokes,
hollyhocks, trailing lobelia, red flowered sage, verbascum, yellow
echinacea (first one popped up overnight), kale, snapdragons and
lunaria (money plant). Tomorrow I'll start tomatoes and bell, corno
del toro, serrano and habanero peppers, impatiens, and marigolds. I
was going to start some broccoli, cabbage,etc; but I found some small
packs of broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts at Lowe's hardware
yesterday.I'm going to transplant them into larger peat pots tonight
and keep them in the mud room overnight till the night time
temperatures warm up a bit. We're expecting low 20's night time
temperatures and snow the rest of this week.
I don't have a greenhouse but I have grow lights set up in my basement
and in my pottery studio where I over winter my tropicals.
June (in the mountains of western NC)
I'll let the group know how yellow they are. Don't know if they'll
bloom the first year. I started them early enough, so maybe they will.
My Laurentia seeds are up. They are teeny, tiny seedlings. I've never
grown them before but the picture looked good and said they're good
for hanging baskets. This morning I'm going to start tomatoes, various
peppers and bok choy. It's earlier than I usually start tomatoes; but
I figure if they do well under the lights I'll have really big
transplants in May. My old celery seed didn't sprout and after 2 weeks
I figure they're not viable. I'll just buy some starters in the
I also have to transplant the hollyhocks and maybe some others today.
I started some Maverick lavender geraniums a couple of weeks ago and
most of them are just past the two leaf stage.
As an experiment I started some Afghan sesame seeds about a month
ago. Most of them died when I forgot to water one day, which was
helpful in getting the seedlings down to a manageable number. They
are very slow to get past the two leaf stage though, so I have moved
them a bit closer to the lights.
I'm starting with my longer season tomatoes, which will be Kosovo and
Golden Dwarf Champion this year. I plan to start 3 shorter season
tomatoes in a week or two.
I'm thinking it would be a good idea to start some black pearl pepper
seeds now as well. I've promised the seedlings to a gardening friend
in exchange for some trailing pansies.
And then there are the seeds outside in my winter sowing jugs:
columbines, rock cress, nigella, setosa, iris, sea holly, prairie
smoke and pansies. But they aren't doing anything but sitting outside
in the cold of course.
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