Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bits & Pieces



Update on straw bale garden; the peas have started sprouting along the soil mound on top of the first two straw bales. 


The tomato plants had to be replaced as previously mentioned.  The seedlings planted in the next straw bales have grown and are now producing all kinds of flowers. 


This afternoon, I needed to place chairs up against the fence to prevent the winds from breaking these tomato plants.  I’m thinking of placing a piece of plywood along the fence line to prevent wind damage.

My lettuce (several varieties) and spinach (several varieties) have taken off nicely.


The green beans are branching out of the ground at different stages.  I have three rows planted up against this string trellis.

 

All the strawberry plants are blooming, I’m hoping for all kinds of strawberries this year.  We are low on frozen strawberries and homemade jam.  



This year I decided to try growing rutabaga, here are a few popping out of the ground.  I didn’t plant many seeds because not all of us here on the property enjoy eating rutabaga.



I started cauliflower from seeds again this year; it’s actually growing, unlike last year.  Hopefully, the critters will leave these seedlings alone.




Here are a few leaves of Swiss chard coming up from seeds.




Most of my herbs were started from seeds; I still have them inside the greenhouse.  I’m looking forward to transplanting them in a large garden bucket in the next couple of days.  





I also have another tray of peppers and tomatoes which need transplanting in the garden beds.


Little Beans is in a hurry to get into the house, he heard Poppy pull up in the truck from work, and he’s getting impatient at the back door for me to open it up for him.


How are your garden beds coming along?

34 comments:

  1. Now mine are wet and muddy once again....

    Strawberries are coming back nicely though :)

    Your plants are looking good!!!

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    1. PP,
      And the weather people are telling us to expect more rain and bad weather. Be careful!!!!

      Thanks PP, the plants are looking good. I hope this upcoming weather doesn't wipe them out.

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  2. Looks wonderful! My garden just saw the light of day for the first time since November. The 2+ feet of snow finally melted this week. It will be the end of May before we can plant, but I've been trying to figure out a way to avoid blight among my tomatoes. This straw bale gardening looks like just the solution! So glad you shared it with us!

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    1. Cranberry Morning,

      Thank you!!! We are able to plant early because of where we reside. You live in a colder climate, which in turn the snow doesn't melt off until closer to the month of May. Soon you'll be out in the garden planting things :-)

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  3. Coming along nicely! Looks lovely....

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    1. M.E.,

      I think it's coming along well, thank you :-)

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  4. Mine are coming along pretty good, finally! Yours look good too!

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    1. Izzy,

      It takes a little time but everything will eventually come around, thanks.

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  5. Sandy it is still too cold here had the woodstove going last night I will just enjoy walking through your garden for now:) That straw thing is doing well. Hug B

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    1. B,

      You live way up there in cold country. It's going to be a while before the snow melts and things warm up. Soon you'll enjoy your own garden :-) Enjoy your walk through my garden!!!

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  6. Sandy,
    Looking good there! I've got my fingers crossed that this next weather system isn't as bad as they are predicting at the moment. Isn't it funny? This time of year every time a storm rolls through I start worrying about the garden. If you can believe it, I've already run out of room to plant some of the things I wanted. I didn't realize (until it was too late) that Mars had other ideas for the little lower garden. He's "soil building" this year so I've lost those rows! The way things are going I just might HAVE to have a fall garden this year. lol Say hey to BDM for me,
    Have a Super Day!
    Sci

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    1. SCI,

      Thank you!! I have my fingers and toes crossed hoping the weather predicated by the weatherman is not as bad as it's suppose to be.
      I can believe you ran out of room for planting your veggies, I have too.
      I'm going to start planting buckets :-)
      A fall garden could be a really good thing for you. What will you plant in the fall? I will pass on your message to BDM, please tell Mars we say hello too.
      Enjoy your weekend, and be safe!
      Sandy

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  7. Your gardens look great! My cool weather crops are doing well. My potatoes got a little frost bite from the last freeze. I'm going to garden all day today. I'm a little late getting it started

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    1. Kelly,

      Thanks Girlie!!! I'm happy to hear your cool weather crops are doing well. Don't give up on your potatoes, I had a little frost bite on mine and now there growing like crazy.

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  8. Dear Sweet Sandy,
    Every thing looks fabulous. Senior was up at our Carolina estate last weekend and told me the onions and sunflowers I put in are sprouting up nicely. We go up again next weekend and I can't wait to see it all...

    Sorry I have been MIA lately...i am still here really! lol Check your email soon...

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    1. JUGM,

      Thank you sweetie :-) Fantastic news about your onions and sunflowers, I bet you can't wait to see how much they've grown.
      I so understand being MIA, life keeps us really busy. Especially when you have children and animals. I will be watching my e-mail :-)

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    2. I tried emailing you.... but gmail was not loading and was acting wonky..will try again a bit later

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    3. JUGM,

      No problem, I've been having issues with g-mail for a couple of days.

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  9. Gosh darn it, Sandy!
    Now you got me wanting to plant a garden again! This all looks so awesome! I been talking myself out of too much since I cannot move my left shoulder muscle at all per drs instruction. It has to heal properly, and for sute I would mess it up with a garden. But now I could have fun bossing the kids around!
    Bless you sweet friend!
    Susie

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    1. Susie,

      It's been a long while girl, I'm so glad to hear from you.
      LOL.......I've got you wanting to plant, give it time you'll be able to use your shoulder. Has the doctor advised how long you'll need to not use your shoulder?
      Blessings,
      Sandy

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  10. Everything is looking so nice! Now if we could just get a break from the wind we might do even better. I am envious of your strawberries.

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    1. Michaele,

      Thank you sweetie! Everything is looking nice that is until a storm rolls through. I so hear you on the wind, eat more cottage cheese and drink more buttermilk and you'll have wonderful resources for block the wind.
      I really don't do much to my strawberries and they go like crazy. When I water them, I give them very little and when I take the dead leaves out, I layer straw........that's it.

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  11. It is nice to see all your plants. You have given lot enough space for each plant. This makes the plant to grow well without any disturbance!

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    1. Weekend Windup,
      Thank you for joining my blog. In the next day or so, I will welcome you on a blog post. Yes, providing enough space will help the plants to grow without any disturbances.

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  12. You must be in a warmer zone than we are but we do have spinach and lettuce and peas growing!! Seems so good, doesn't it!d Nancy

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    1. Cozy Thyme Cottage,

      Yes, it's great to see items you've planted grow. I'm an impatient person, I want my vegetables and fruits producing NOW, lol......
      We are in Oklahoma, central location.

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  13. Those look great Sandy. When I tried, I didn't have enough sunlight but got a few tomatoes anyway. Plus, the straw was used as mulch after they broke down.

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    1. DFW,
      Thank you :-)

      The straw bales afterwards make for great mulch for laying in areas needing coverage.

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  14. Sandy, everything looks so pretty, and tidy! I envy that. Most of my garden looks a hodge-podge. LOL

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    1. Leigh,

      Thank you!!! Oh, I'm not organized, you should see areas of my garden beds :-)

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  15. I like your strawbales. I am trying it this year, up against my chain link fence, like you. Awesome to see you have had success!

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  16. Andrea,

    Thank you, this was an experiment for me, and I'm impressed with how my vegetables are growing. I think when next spring comes around I may do most of my garden with straw bales. I hope your straw bales produce as mine has. Good luck to you!!

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