Wanted to say hi to all. Thought I would check out this program and see hhow it goes.
Anything goes CategoryAnything goes
Cloudy cool day today. So far we have not had a good May month. I have been looking around for a online garden journal program type of thing. The one I have on my Gateway computer (very old computer) they do not make anymore so I am having to find another as my Gateway still works but is very slow. So in the meantime, I will use this if I can keep it here.
Hurray! Will be able to start putting plants in the ground in about another week. Our frost date has been delayed here, in spite of having had some very warm early days in late winter. We have finally had a lot of rain, too, with more on the way. May the rains last!
We have some seedlings ready to go. They are a bit leggy from having to wait two more weeks than I calculated, but growing well. We are going to shoot for a specialty crop this year, too, so learning all we can about Artichokes.
We are still in a drought here in Oklahoma, as is most of the USA, it seems. In our transition, we are setting up a greenhouse, since we plan to be spending a lot of time at the farm this year, even though we aren’t moving in yet. In preparation for both the greenhouse and the garden, I am starting some seedlings now.
In the past I’ve done all of the seedlings in things like Jiffy Pots, or little mini-greenhouse starter sets that you can buy at every garden center this time of year, and have always had good success.
This year, though, I am starting the seedlings using hydroponics. We’ve had an AeroGarden for years now, but this is the first year that I have bought the seed starting kit for it. I already have Bibb Lettuce coming up. Most everything else should be popping up in about another week. Something so satisfying about seeing those little cheerful starts.
Would like to say that we are getting up and running on our plans, but circumstances continue to arise. Right now I am running in place trying to tighten up the financial information one has to collect in order to take out a farm home loan. This isn’t a bad thing, but I am more of a physical, than a paper person at heart, and the paper always seems to take me way longer than it should.
In the mean time, the weather here is enough to drive any gardener crazy. We are in a three years drought now, and praying for rain constantly. In addition to that, the weather is way too warm for January, bringing out the planting urges, and causing all of the trees to bud out way too early. This is excellent garden preparation weather, which would be a plus if I wasn’t caught inside doing paperwork.
Time to start getting up before dawn to do the paperwork, and getting out to the farm in the warm of the middle of the day to do repairs, and garden prep.
Just started my free trial with plan garden and thought I would check out some of its features. So far it seems to be fairly easy to use. With a little more exploring and keyboard pecking I think this might work out for me.
Just trying to wrap my head around all that we will need to do to make our transition this year, and it occured to me that it has to be a way of thinking first, perhaps. We all get caught up in our day to day chores but usually get excited when we are about to go on a big trip, or leave for college, or move to a new home. This is that later way of thinking, sort of magnified. Given that this is more like a move to a new home, city, and job all rolled into on, we have to start making real, and tight plans.
First on our list is getting the old farm house ready to be lived in until we can complete the building of the new. The plan is to live in a motorcoach weekends while readying the farm house, then move there while building the new Monolithic Dome. While all of that is going on, I want to also be able to get in a good garden this year. We have had wonderful success with what little we have planted there in the past several years, but have never planted a really big garden. This year we are going to try for one large enough to at least feed us through harvest 2014. If possible we may actually shoot for large enough to take to the local farmer’s markets as well.
It sounds ambitious as I say it, but I think we can do it. After all, if we are there, the garden mostly does the growing itself. As an absentee farmer these past years it has been hard to keep up with watering and mulching. I really try hard not to weed as mulching takes care of three things at once — better soil, wetter soil, and less weeds.
Well, more tomorrow!
This weather is killing me! It is supposed to be summer and so far my garden has had about four real good days of sun. I guess the good side is that have not had to water it, Mother Nature is taking care of that for me. Keep hoping that it will be a late summer and my veggies will still do good. Washington is known for its rain, but there has to be a limit, I hope! I keep on doing the weeding and pest control so it is not out of control when the weather does break. Veggies are coming up, slowly. I have to believe they know what is good for them and will soon flourish.
Anything goes, Compost, Garden Problems
Combine 3 1/2 acres of partially wooded property and a fenced in sunny vegetable garden with an eco-minded creative free spirit with ADD, and what do you get? Half-finished paradise.
It seems there is never enough time to keep up with the weeds, and I dont dare use a chemical that might get into the food supply. Today my husband and I spent 2 hours in the sun trying to locate 2 apple trees and 2 peach trees I planted this spring. There is some sweet-smelling TALL “weed” that grows in the back of our property that has totally camouflaged my orchard-in-progress.
We purchased our own little section of paradise 2 years ago this August. The property was built for a preacher and his family in 1969, and he was a purveyor of gardening and homemade fruit wines. We had planted the apple and peach near 4 very established pear trees that are loaded with fruit until the deer have a pear-party (I still want to see how they reach the ones at the top!)
In any case, I find myself reluctant to cut down anything for fear it was out there purposely and has some value. Id really like to find out what this “weed” is. There is asparagus and Rhubarb growing nearby as well (I never knew asparagus grew into “trees” if it isnt picked as spears)
Below is a pic - it is growing to the right of my daughter (she is playing piano at my wedding!) - Im not sure you can see it clearly, Ill try to take more pictures - if there are any herb experts out there, let me know if you can identify it!!