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Mini Monday: Garden Week 11

Lots of rain and warm (but thankfully not miserably hot) weather has left the garden plots very happy. Flowers are starting to appear in great quantities on the pepper, cucumber, and tomato plants. In fact, when weeding yesterday I noticed our first tomato is on the vine along with the first cayenne pepper. And it is finally the year of the sugar snap pea! I have been harvesting a handful once or twice a week and there are still loads on the vines.

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I was surprised to find that the plots weren’t overrun with weeds when I did my Sunday morning inspection, but many of the plants — particularly the potatoes and rhubarb — were growing out of control. I significantly clipped back the potato greens and pulled a bunch of rhubarb stalks which I used to make sauce. More about that in another post.

Flowers in the first and last plot are continuing to be bright and beautiful, but I need to plant something in the center plot. For some reason the snapdragons seeds I planted only came up on one side leaving the center a barren pile of dirt. I’m sure as the summer progresses the tomato and pepper plants will grow up and out and hide it, but for now the space needs a bit of color.

As I enter my final few days as a solo gardener I’m quite pleased at how everything is coming along. But I certainly won’t complain about having a helping hand soon!

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A Splash of Color

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With all of the travel I’ve done in 2013, it took awhile to find the time to beautify the front porch. Although I wanted to plant flowers in March to brighten things up, I knew that it wouldn’t be worth it since I was going to be gone for almost all of April.

After getting back from California in early May, I went to the local hardware store the next morning, bought a bunch of flowers, and got to planting (and the less fun task of cleaning up the clutter on the front porch). Now each time I go in or out of the front door the bright pinks, deep purples, and clean white of the flowers make me smile. I’m particularly loving the flowers on the Fuschia plants that are starting to bloom — they are gorgeous!

My control over the front porch hasn’t yet extended to our small front yard, which is totally out of control, but at least the Salvia in the very front is pretty and (hopefully) hiding the runaway rosemary, sage, and weeds that are behind it at least a little bit. One project at a time…

Mini Monday: It’s Spring! (kinda)

SeedlingsTwo weeks ago I started our garden for 2013 — 36 tiny dirt pads that are currently playing host to a variety of tomato and pepper plants as well as cucumbers, a few herbs, and some snapdragons. While there are many additional “direct sow” items that will get their start when it’s actually warm enough to plant outside (and it doesn’t seem like that will be anytime soon, thanks impending snow storm), I’m excited to see these first hints of spring even if they are in my dining room.

 

Plant Problems

Despite my fairly green thumb with outdoor gardening, I seem to have black thumb when it comes to our indoor plants. No matter how I try (and apparently I don’t try very hard), I have a way of helping all plants that cross our threshold to an untimely demise.

My husband finds this very disappointing. He would love for our house to be filled with plants to help keep the air clean and provide decoration. When he points out that another plant has died or asks when the last time I watered was, I do remind him that he also lives here and can water said plants as well as I can. However as the one who is home the majority of the time the houseplants have become my de facto responsibility. Bad idea.

Thankfully we happen to have one plant that is strong enough to survive my inattentiveness (so far). I tend to wait until it looks like the top picture before I realize I can’t remember when the last time I watered it was (oops). Thankfully it has always sprung back to life only a few hours after I quench its thirst.

Apparently none of our other plants have been so desperate to survive, but we keep on trying and I keep on ending their plant lives a little bit sooner than expected.