Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Radishes and Wildflowers


Sow,

The wildflower seeds planted Saturday and the radish seeds planted Sunday have already sprouted beautiful green necks from the soil!

I can't wait until the huge collections of seedlings that I started on Monday begin their flight out of the soil.

This really is so exciting to me.

Photos to come :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Seedlings!

So (Sow), the seedlings are planted.

I had so much to do yesterday, but I get so excited about plants that I decided to put the time in and get things started.

I bought the containers that you can plant directly into the ground. I put everything except my Kale and Spinach in those. I'm leaving the Kale and Spinach outside to start - everything else I brought indoors for now.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I purchased a small green house at DrugMart. It is simply a wire rack with a plastic cover, but I think it is going to help out a lot with my plants. Especially the container ones I want to keep out past the end of the summer season.

I intend to learn more about what I can do with it as time goes on.

Enjoy the photos :)

Kale and Spinach

Green Beans
2 Types of Zucchini
2 Types of Tomato
Cucumber
Radishes
Acorn Squash
Banana Peppers
6 different types of flowers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Green House

I haven't don't much with the garden in the past two weeks. The weather has been swinging like crazy and I hadn't purchased any seeds.

Yesterday I did go out and buy a small greenhouse and a few seed packs.

More to come soon. I want to have my seedlings all ready to plant right after memorial day :) I'm really looking forward to it.

Where are you in your gardening process?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Grub Killing with Milky Spore

Until we started digging up the garden I had never seen a grub up close. I wasn't missing anything. They are slimy white curved bugs with wild looking legs. All I had to do was lift the soil for them to shake loose, dropping back into the bed below.

See that white little friend hiding in the soil?
There he is up close and blurry. (Night photo didn't come out so hot.)

Another one poking his little head out of the soil.
Smile for your close up buddy!

If you don't know much about them: here's the non-scientific overview that I've gotten. They are the larva of the Japanese Beetle and they spend copious amounts of time eating at the root system of your lawn and killing it.

Right about now (March/April) they are making their way to the ground surface right below your lawn after a long winter inches below - and they are gearing up for a feast.

Since I'm planting veggies I didn't want to use chemical based fertilizer to fix the problem - so, as recommended, I bought Milky Spore.

It's a bacteria that inoculates the soil and eats the grubs from the inside out. Fancy. It won't harm you or your pets - and it's safe for the veggie garden.

I was able to find it without any problem at Lowes. However they don't sell the applicator wand recommended for convenient dispersing. I might get one tonight or I might just forge through without.

They recommend applying before a rain or water the lawn for 15 minutes post application.

I am thinking of putting it down tonight - I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Digging the Garden!

So we started digging the garden!

We picked a spot in the yard that we thought would get the most sun. She grabbed the shovel, I grabbed some gloves and we went at it.

She cubed off sections of the lawn and we attacked them one at a time to make it easier.

Pulling up grass roots isn't as easy as you'd think...but we are conquering it one sod block at a time!

Here's pictures from the beginning of the dig!
Day One Digging Progress

Worm Friends


PS. My lawn has grubs! I'll post once I decide how I'm going to get rid of them!