Monday, June 3, 2013
May found temps closer to normal than April had, but the roller coaster continues. I still have been unable to plant much because of continued frost. We are supposed to have temps in the low 30's the next couple of nights. Hopefully that will be the last of it. I need to get planting.
May had 20 days of sun, 3.3" rain--of which 2.1" of that fell just in the 4th week and NONE in the first and third weeks. With sandy soil, that's always a problem.
We had a high of 84 on the 1st and the 30th, and a low of 28 on the 25th. We had plenty of frosty mornings and my many flats of flowers are more travelled than most people I know. They get hauled in and out of the house and garage on any night calling for 38 or less---my house is located at the bottom of the hill and I'll typically freeze when most people don't.
I have the potatoes planted. Three beds of Yukons were planted on the 20th, and are just coming up.
Red Pontiacs (only a dozen plants) were planted on the 21st and are all up.
I got my order in for sweet potato slips Saturday. I can't plant them until Wednesday--when the frosts are supposedly done.
Peas, spinach, lettuce are all doing well. Broccoli is doing great. Cauliflower is a bust AGAIN. The frost last night wiped them out. I have no replacements on hand. I give up on them until fall.
Strawberries look great and many are flowering already. I have all the beds covered and that saved them from the cold. Looks like an abundant crop ahead for those.
I planted corn and sunflowers today. It's so late this year, but hopefully we'll have a nice stretch of weather and it will catch up.
In the flower beds, things are coming along well. I haven't planted any of the annuals (frost thing again!) but the perennials that survived the winter look good. I did lose all my mums this year. I had most of them for the whole 5 years I've been gardening, so they will be missed.
I also lost several Agastaches and my Artemesia 'Powis Castle'. I'm replacing them, as they looked so good in front of the Cleome patch.
I am hoping to plant my flowers and vegetables by Saturday. Of course, I thought LAST week I could get things planted. We'll see............
Posted by Sue at 6:25 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I got the onions planted--I ended up with 135 in the bed--which will give me plenty for the year. Dixondale was generous as always with the bunches, and I ended up giving the rest to neighbor Darby down the road. It didn't even look like I had touched the bunches. I'm sure she could plant twice that many and still have plenty to share! She gave me 2 dozen of her gorgeous organic eggs in return. Can't beat that!
I'm hoping to get the potatoes planted this week, but top priority will be given to orders from Nourse Farms (3 kinds of raspberries, a couple more blueberry bushes and another variety of ever-bearing strawberry) and BlueStone Perennials that are due to arrive this week.
The only thing growing so far is lettuce, radish, spinach, garlic, and sugar snap peas. I can't recall ever having so little going on in the garden at this point in May.
The good thing is everything is prepped and ready--so it will just be a matter of getting things into the ground.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The entire month of April was 10 to 20 degrees BELOW normal. Our first warm day was April 26,
We finally got rid of the snow and in the past ten days the lawn has greened up, the forsythia are in bloom and all is right with the world...........I'm just WAY behind on garden cleanup and prep work.
I also got the sidewalk and kitchen window borders tidied up and ready for spring.
I will be starting to plant this area up this summer with perennials I raised from seed this winter.
None of the perennials I planted in this area last year survived the rampaging deer. I may have to fence these beds.
The porch and deck are loaded with seedlings I started this winter. I have tons of delphiniums, foxgloves, lavender, agastache cana, hyssop, and artemesia . I also have all my vegetable starts and 6 flats of cosmos/zinnias/alyssum. These get taken inside whenever temps dip to the 30's. It's going to be a LONG month of hauling in and out. I'm shooting for June 3 as my planting date.
Happy Spring! (finally!!)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I also ordered 2 more Chandler blueberries from Nourse to be delivered in May. I am removing 2 out of the 5 Patriot blueberry bushes as they are not doing well . I'm glad. We MUCH prefer the Chandlers.
I'm putting in a third bed of Yukon Gold potatoes this year. We can't seem to get enough of those. I used the last of them in February and we've been reduced to buying them at the Organic co-op in Traverse City---an outrageous $1.99 a pound. Yikes!
I'm also trying sweet potatoes from slips grown at home. I don't know how well that will work, but I have the extra space so I feel it's worth a try.
Not shown are peas, which will be grown up the trellises that run down the center aisle.
I'm hoping to get both a spring and fall crop of broccoli in again this year. We ran out of that this winter.
Hopefully this year will be kinder to the cauliflower. Last summer was ungodly hot and it bolted so we didn't have ANY for the freezer. I'm currently paying $3.49 a head for organic at Meijer. Ugh!
We had no winter in December/January. Seems it's giving us all our snow in February/March. I think it's going to be a late start for even the salad fixings.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I think 2012 will go down as one of the STRANGEST growing years I've ever had.
Some things were so early, and yet other things were so late.
I also have NO pumpkins this year for decorating....but, I'm not home so I guess that's ok too.
I tried corn for the first time--it worked well, I just didn't much care for the variety. I'll try another kind next year.
Winning idea this year---LOTS of natives in with the vegetables. Seems all the pests LOVE milkweed and Goldenrod and left my vegetables alone.
So, I have enough food stored. I'm glad. But, I have a lot of disappointments too. It's been a weird year.
I'm on the road for a final trip---a very very special trip. Not only is it our FINAL big trip EVER (hubby promised!) , but it is our anniversary. I am taking a vacation from blogging for a bit. I am spending this final journey just enjoying this beautiful country of ours and giving hubby my full attention. He certainly deserves that.
Best to all of you and thank you for all your wonderful ideas and suggestions and kind words.
I'll be back spring 2013. Have a wonderful winter.
Posted by Sue at 6:57 AM
Friday, August 31, 2012
We had 1.9" rain for the month.
We had 24 days of sun. There were 4 days in the 90's, and 2 nights that dipped into the 30's. Can you say "roller coaster"? The forecast today is upper 80's and sun--a warm ending to an otherwise pretty cool month..
There's flowers galore left, but not much else still growing.
Melons under their plastic tent,basking in the extra warmth--the nights are pretty cold now.
Pretty much the only thing left is flowers.
Another nice surprise--the Zebrina , from seed given to me by my good friend Deb Arnold a couple of years ago, magically appeared scattered around my vegetable garden this summer. It must have lain dormant all of last year. Amazing.
I'll be doing the FINAL post of the year next week--all the harvest totals, etc. We're leaving after that and by the time we get home it will be time for some indoor hibernation.
Now, before you scroll any further----MAMA PEA---there are CRITTER pictures and since I know how you feel about bugs, and such---I wanted to warn you so you can skip the rest of the post!!
First up--a Walking Stick--which I haven't seen since moving to Michigan.....maybe because there are so many trees I don't "notice" them?
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Friday, August 17, 2012
This has been an incredibly full week. I finally started digging up the scummy pond---and got it removed. It was an old tank that had rusted through. I didn't know what it was-the previous owner used a lot of "cast-offs" for projects around here.
We have had the grandson up from Arizona for 8 days. They left last Sunday and I can't believe how much energy a 3 year old has. He's amazing and funny and so eager to learn. He loved helping me in the garden--here he is harvesting lunch. He was quite amazed when these potatoes turned into Mashed Potatoes. It's funny when a little kid has that "light bulb" moment.
It must be love, if I let him steal the few carrots we had this year.
All varieties of my tomato plants are fully loaded---but NOT ripe. Despite our extremely hot July, it just wasn't enough.
The melons are also huge and UNRIPE. Sigh.
|The Scummy Pond ended up being over 3 foot deep. It's a bigger job than anticipated!|
The fall broccoli is coming along okay, but it's doubtful I'll get any before we leave for our final trip.
The nights have started cooling down and most mornings find us with a HEAVY dew. Within a couple weeks we'll have frost. Looks like a no tomato year. Rats. So close!
Another shot of the carrot thief. He made trip after trip out there to steal them. Brat. I miss him already.............
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Posted by Sue at 9:07 AM