Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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Struggling with patience

The weather forecast is like the proverbial carrot dangling in front of me. Promises of slowly increasing night time lows. I know it won't be much longer until we are in full swing The greenhouse is full of plants and I'm ready for the first round of spring plantings. Patience is not one of my strong suits and it is really being tested this year. Hopefully, this is the last night with temperatures below 40.
 
I worked out in the greenhouse and garden all day. The weather was absolutely perfect! I planted 2 beds of potatoes and one of onions. I also put out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts and celery. Tomorrow, I'll be planting seeds of radishes, a number of lettuces, mustard, beets, green onions and carrots. I'm sure there are a few more that I can't think of at the moment.
 
I planted 250 Asparagus seeds in seed trays a full month ago. After not seeing any sprouts, I started another 150 seeds a few days ago. While I was watering yesterday, I noticed a dozen or so tiny Asparagus seedlings. The sweet potatoes I set up in jars of water a month ago, were also just sitting there. Almost defiantly, refusing to grow vines. So, I set up three more sweet potatoes, this time in a sand bed. I'm sure you can see where this is going. Yes, tiny little vines are now appearing on the original sweet potatoes! I definitely need to work on my patience.
 
I'm adding a huge new flowerbed across the south side of our home. The location and size is mostly to make mowing much easier, so that we don't have to use the weed eater to get where the mower wouldn't reach. The plastic garden edging has been put in place. I planted 5 more roses along the outer edge, in line with the 3 in front of the deck. We planted 4 Buddleia Butterfly Bushes a few weeks ago. These smell just like Lilacs!  Depending on how much shade I think there will be, I may under plant the bushes with a few Hostas. I have lots of flowers from my winter sowing project to fill in any and all gaps in all of the beds surrounding the house. I just have to be sure to save room for a garden bench and Samson's little wading pool. 
  
  
 
 

Fairly dangerous

I've decided I could be fairly dangerous given the right circumstances. I really try to think rationally and plan accordingly, and I always have the best intentions. But sometimes, well...I just get carried away. Must be something to do with my astrological sign. There's just no other explanation for it.
 
I want a greenhouse. Not a little backyard greenhouse, like I have now, but a big ol' farm size hoop house. Of course, it has to have heat, so that I can grow things all winter. Lots of shelves, too, for all the plants, plus all the potting supplies. And a little table and a couple of chairs, so I can sit and admire my handiwork, or discuss the virtues of gardening with a friend. Yep, I want a real greenhouse! But I have my trusty little 10' x 10' greenhouse for now and it is serving me well. Although, I will soon be running out of room in there. Might even have to remove my chair.
 
After the little bit of rain last night, and the rain off and on all day, it was too muddy to work outside today. So I spent the better part of the day potting up little seedlings to the next size pot. I have lost count of how many tomatoes and peppers are now in individual pots. It sure didn't look like many when they were itty bitty in the seed trays. Suffice it to say, I don't think there is going to be a shortage of either here. The 30 or so bell peppers previously potted up are doing fantastic. I expect to see a bloom or two any day now. There's 30 additional little tomato plants that are about ready to be potted up again. The tomatoes that were moved to the greenhouse a couple of days ago are sure enjoying the extra light. We even have some blooms starting on a couple of the Cherry Tomatoes! The winter sown herbs have been divided and put into pots. They smell absolutely wonderful! I have close to 50 Artichoke plants, looking quite content, sitting on my office table. Half of the seed potatoes I bought a few weeks ago have been quartered and are laid out to cure on a 5' section of my kitchen counter.
 
Yes, sometimes I get carried away...but we'll have plenty of fresh produce for our CSA shares! 
 
 

We've started planting!

Nothing quite as entertaining as the adventure with the Butterfly Bush the other day to report. Unless of course, you were actually here to witness my hobbling around the place the next day. I didn't hurt myself, but I sure hurt all over. Especially my right arm. You know, from patting myself on the back? Honestly, I was just a little stiff and sore, but nothing serious. It actually felt pretty good to do something really physical.
 
The neighbor farmer came the next day and finished up the garden. It looks fantastic! I've been working on marking off the wide rows and pulling soil from the walkways up onto the rows. I prefer gardening with wide deep rows. They heat up better for planting and drain well. By planting intensively, it also cuts down on weed growth. We'll have at least thirty 3' x 20' rows. Maybe more, because he overshot the outline I had staked out before he started plowing. The soil is nice and crumbly, perfect growing condition. I'm still waiting on the results from the soil samples to see if I need to add anything, but they should be here soon. I did a preliminary at-home soil test, before I dropped the samples off at the County Extension Office, for comparison. If it was accurate, I shouldn't have to add much more than a little lime.
 
The tomatoes were moved out to the greenhouse today. Tomorrow, I'll pot them up to the next size, as they are getting way too big for the pots they are in now. Still have about three weeks before I will feel confident enough with the weather to plant them out in the garden. The Cherry Tomatoes in the self-watering buckets are doing great, already about 3' high. A wide row each of Broccoli, onions and potatoes have already been planted. Planning on planting 2 more rows of potatoes and a row of Sugar Snap Peas tomorrow.
 
I worked on the perennial garden the other day and fluffed up some empty rows for the new herbs. The strawberries are starting to leaf out. I'm going to add a heavy layer of mulch on top of the Asparagus to keep it from coming up too soon. 
 
Things seem a little slow in getting planted out in the garden, but I'm juggling dates to time everything so that it starts coming in the week we start deliveries.
 
 
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