Monday, April 26, 2010

More Spring Work

Well, I've trimmed the berries and roses. The antique rose (it has to be at least 60 years old) that I moved over from the other house did very well over the winter and seems to be flourishing. In fact, it has 4 new stems growing up from the root, and so far it is looking better than it has in years. Its' new home seems to agree with it.

Garlic continues to grow and so do the Egyptian Walking Onions. I went back to the veggie garden, and it looks like I have some "volunteer" regular onions coming up, as I have not planted anything yet.

The little lettuce plant that survived the winter and deep snow in its' bucket is perking right up. And there are seedlings popping up as well.

The regular tulips are out, but I'm still waiting for my Parrots to open. I put them in last year so this is their first year and I'm excited to see them. The buds are there. So.....we wait.

I need to go out and harvest violets to dry for tea. I also need to start going after dandelion buds. Excellent in batter and dipped in powdered sugar while still hot.

Now I can't wait for the garlic chive blooms to come. Those little balls of purple are so good!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the Garden

I'm taking advantage of the early spring-like weather to start cleaning out gardens. It is still too early to plant anything (but I may try lettuce), but at least the clean out will be done...I hope...

Some lettuce that I planted in bucket last year just may have re-seeded itself. And, a small lettuce plant may have actually survived all that cold and snow as well.

Daffodils are up as are hyacinths. I'm waiting for the Parrot Tulips that I put in last year. Leaves are up, now for the flowers.......

The Egyptian Waking Onions are also up. Checking now for strawberries and horseradish. Garlic looks good, but I don't think it all came up. :(

Friday, April 9, 2010

More Seeds!

Picked up a few more seed packs today (Yeh!)

On the organic end I bought plain old peas and Kaleidoscope Carrot mix. I also bought Sugar Snap Peas and Kaleidoscope Bell Pepper mix (non organic).

I guess this week I'll try to start some up inside. When it warms a bit, I'll try putting in some cool crops, like lettuce. I'll have to put it in by the garlic however, as the other gardens are not cleaned out yet.

I'm going to be keeping an eye out for dandelion buds in my yard. Great battered and rolled in confectioner sugar.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Buying Seeds.....WOO HOO!!!

I bought seeds the other day. Some food, some for craft uses and a couple for fun.

Let's see..there is Moon and Stars Watermelon (an heirloom variety that I have wanted to try for a few years), Caribbean Red Habanero, Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum, Black Beauty Zucchini and Dakota Black Popcorn.

For craft uses, I have Swan Gourd, Bird House Gourd and Caveman's Club Gourd.

For fun, I have seeds for Sensitive Plants.

Because money is tight, I will also be trying seeds that I did not use last year. Hopefully they will work. I've had good luck in the past.

Probably next week I will start planting indoors.