Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Garden Work & A Bird

The cold and rain has given us a reprieve.  The last two days temperatures reached into the high 70’s – low 80’s. Spring is here, not officially though, lol.  The rain stopped for two days, giving us an opportunity to do some planting and yard /patio work.  We planted Lollo Rossa, Bibb and Mesclun Lettuce in one of the garden boxes with the onions.
In flower pots I planted cilantro, dark opal basil, sweet basil, thyme, lady lavender, heirloom black krim and big rainbow tomatoes.
The last two days, I worked on cleaning up the property and cutting all the grass. 
Bulldog man and Dakota made me another garden box for the garden.  We will put together some peat moss, compost and soil mixture for the new box.  Then I can start planting carrots, more tomatoes, spinach, and green peppers. 
 Bulldog man and Dakota also put together several bamboo surroundings for my experiment with sweet and Idaho potatoes.  I’m trying something new (new for me that is). We placed some of our compost in the bottom on the ground, secured the bamboo surroundings to our fence, placed the potatoes on top of the compost and then covered them with straw. Initially, I was just going to place the potato on the ground and cover them with straw but after reading a friend’s blog, I didn’t want to have unexpected snake friends visitingJ.  I found this experiment from a Better Homes and Garden segment found on YouTube.  I can’t wait to see how the potatoes turn out in the next several months.

Bamboo Surrounding






Sweet Potato Placed On Top Of Compost



Place Straw On Top Of Sweet Potatoes

While working out in the yard today, there was a beautiful male cardinal that kept hanging around. So, I figured why not take some pictures of him. 



7 comments:

  1. Oooo, I REALLY need to try growing sweet potatoes this year. We go through them like crazy and there's NO way I'm paying 88 cents a pound for them at the grocery store!

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    1. Carolyn Renee, We go through a bunch of sweet potatoes too, that's why I am experimenting with this process. I agree, prices on sweet potatoes are terrible.

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  2. Sandy
    Your weather sounds heavenly! I thought 58 degrees was good today.
    It sounds like you are well on your way with your gardening too. I'm looking forward to hearing how those potatos turn out. I've read about this technique and wondered about trying it myself. Keep us posted!

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    1. Kimberly, The weather has only been heavenly the last couple of days. Friday it's suppose to storm (rain, hail & I am hoping no tornadoes). Then on Monday, it's suppose to be real severe :-(
      I've had the itch to garden for sometime now and I'm excited to have started. I will keep you posted on the sweet potatoes. Have a good day and enjoy the weather.

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  3. Interesting experiment. I can't wait to see how it works out for you. I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed that your weather is not too bad.

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    1. Robin, I'm hoping this experiment works out well. Yes, I'm hoping the weather doesn't get bad. Oklahoma weather is always changing every 20 minutes of so. Keeping your toes crossed too, LMAO. That was cute :-)

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  4. Great idea! How is it working out? I've been using buckets but this looks better and actually more productive. At least the bamboo will compost when it wears out years from now

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