I started my year off very ambitious, got my calendar all set, the seeds all started, things in the ground (on time or early), but now we are at the end of June and that umph is already starting to wain. Well now we are a little behind on the calendar that was planned, but I am playing catch up this week.
Garlic is one of the easiest things to grow. We have always grown garlic, and love growing it! Garlic gets planted in the fall, so that it dies back a bit over winter, and then shoots back up in the spring. Then you harvest it again in the fall. BUT all of a sudden in the summer, around this time, something starts to happen to the garlic…they are called scapes. Continue reading “What is wrong with my garlic?”
Today I looked at my husband and directly told him I have no ideas for my blog. It seems lame to go over and over with “garden updates” especially as I have been doing garden tour videos over at FACEBOOK. Tim said well that is easy you could do a blog on your flax and show why crowding is a problem. GENIUS!
Mother’s day is this Sunday! Did you know that mother’s day ends up making me think of a few things: flowers in bloom, annuals about to be planted, and the last frost! Last frost means time to plant all those things that have been growing in my basement for weeks! This is the time we get to see if the tomatoes, peppers, celery, basil, peanuts, etc. will grow and thrive! Unfortunately, this year has not been the best year growing seedlings. Some of our tomatoes look AMAZING, but our celery is tiny, the peanuts either grew well or didn’t grow at all, and our peppers in our soil blocks look WAY better than the one that grew in the 3×3 cells. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Week on the Homestead”
Most people who garden know there are two ways that you can get plants to grow. The first way is direct sew where you take a seed, put it in the ground and it grows there until maturity. The second way is transplanting, this is where a seed is placed in a soil block or seed starting mixture, the seed grows and when it is warm enough outside and the plant is ready, you put the plant into the ground. Right now we are in both stages. Most of our transplants are started inside, but we are starting to get into the direct sewing stage as well.
Spring keeps moving forward and fast, though the weather hasn’t made up its mind between snowing, raining, sleeting and sunshine. I have a hard time keeping straight the days and weeks so it is a good thing I planned out my calendar over the winter. Below is a little checklist I put together for this first week of April… Continue reading “April showers bring May flowers”
The broad fork is done! Steel is cut, welded together, hardened, painted, and the wood handles are in place! This has been a work in progress since Christmas but, Today…TODAY, I USED MY BROAD FORK! Now I do have to admit the broad fork is heavy (probably 30-50lbs), but it works wonders. Continue reading “What a Glorious Day!”
As a Christian, Holy week is a big deal! It is the great coming of our King into Jerusalem, Him giving up his life for all of us, and ends at the wonderful RESURRECTION! Holy week while it has many big events in my faith, it also marks some events in the gardening community. My husband was always taught by his dad that Good Friday is the day to get potatoes and onions in the ground!
We probably all have noticed the beautiful weather that is coming about (at least here in Wisconsin!), people are out jogging, dogs are being walked, and today I even saw my tulips were starting to come up! (NO JOKE!) I love these signs of spring! Spring triggers my inner gardener urge to plant stuff and play in dirt!
In the past I have used the coir that you add water to, it should expand and then is your soil, but this year I am trying something a little different. The reason I choose to do soil blocks is you can start with a very small amount of dirt used, and wait until the plants sprout and then pot up. Potting up is easy too. You just pick up the small block and place it into the hole made by the big soil block maker. The soil block makers go up in size and are easy to see when the roots are outgrowing their block. Continue reading “Soil Blocks!”