Monthly Archives: May 2013

Office marigolds and nasturtiums have flowers!

I planted some ‘petite yellow’ marigolds in a window planter in my office on March 22nd.  They had germinated along with some volunteer ‘peach melba’ nasturtiums by April 1st.  Three marigold plants and two nasturtium plants grew in the planter. … Continue reading

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More Spring Flowers

This is a collection of many photos of spring flowers that I’ve taken over the past month. From May 5th I have two of these red-flowering azalea bushes.  This one was on the west side of the house, where it … Continue reading

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Peas are blooming! (and chard and mustard greens)

The super sugar snap peas are blooming, which means we will be harvesting pea pods soon. Unfortunately, some other plants are producing flower buds too — plants that I don’t want to see blooming because we eat the leaves or … Continue reading

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Thinning Cabbages and Weeding

When I transplanted the pak choi and asian cabbages, all but one of the peat pots had two plants growing in them.  They’ve grown too large to coexist, so today I removed the smaller cabbage of each pair.  I’ve just … Continue reading

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Tomato Cages

The first tomato cages I used were some that I bought.  They are pretty simple, just three upright pieces of wire welded to four wire hoops to make a cone shape.  They measure eighteen inches (48 cm) across the top, … Continue reading

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Flowering Peppers, Rabbits, Tomatoes and Marigolds

This evening, I weeded (part of) garden bed number one.  You can get an idea of what it looked like from the second photo in yesterday’s post.  There was a lot of dill, cilantro, shiso, tomatillo, and even a few … Continue reading

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Planting 08: Okra, Morning Glory, Moonflower, and Parsnips

This evening, I planted some seeds in garden bed number one.  I prepared the morning glory, moonflower, and parsnip seeds by putting them in water last night to soak.  The seed packets say that soaking these seeds will help them … Continue reading

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Transplanting 04: Peppers, Eggplant, and Marigolds

On Saturday (May 18th), we transplanted the pepper, eggplant, and marigold seedlings into garden bed number three.  That bed is completely planted now. I followed the same procedure as in transplanting the tomatoes.  For each pot of seedlings (I plant … Continue reading

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Planting 07: Pole Beans

I planted my pole beans in garden bed number two tonight.  My brother recommended Kentucky blue pole beans to me several years ago, and although I’ve tried other varieties, these remain my favorite.  I planted them on the opposite side … Continue reading

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Another Frost Warning

While I was pruning the blackberries yesterday, there was a short rain shower followed by a sudden drop in temperature.  There was a frost warning for last night and another warning for tonight.  We prepared much as we did for … Continue reading

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