When I first saw the ranchburger, I was drawn to the fenced garden area. It had three raised beds (the herb garden was in the middle) and a small orchard. After we moved, my husband claimed the first bed. Earlier this month, he planted cold weather crops.
The second bed holds an herb garden. I'm watching the weather forecast, waiting for a warm, sunny day to prune the sage and thyme. Our UT extension agent is going to do a home call, and he's knowledgeable about herbs, so I'm hoping he has advice for this bed. Last week, I pulled up a dead plant, and I uncovered a copper plant label--Cilantro.
The third bed is Bandwidth's. Something keeps getting his tomatoes. He suspects cut worms, as the stalks look as if they've been cleanly snipped. He's researching a treatment.
We added a small composter.
Bandy and I nearly filled it after we cleaned the two large beds. I bought a compost additive at Home Depot, which mainly consists of kelp, blood meal, bone meal, and chicken "matter." Tomorrow, I will add bell pepper scraps from last night's supper. The smaller the organic matter, the less time is needed for it to break down into usable compost.
My husband, the packrat gardener, keeps compost in the back of his truck. It's compost on steroids.
I've been busy gathering supplies. I'm also creating a kitchen "container" garden.
Has anyone tried organic potting mix? I thought I'd give it a whirl.
I also planted 4 tiny "themed" gardens (impulse purchases at Tractor Farm Supply, my hangout). My husband is just as bad: he bought a kiwi vine and exotic trees, which he planted in pots. I set my wee tubs in a warm, sunny window. Seeds have already sprouted in tubs for songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. I've had no luck with the "edible flower" garden--this is a typical Mlee gardening adventure. All of us are shocked that a single seed sprouted.
In the lower screened porch, I've been "hardening off" the lavender and other things that I couldn't resist at the market. I used an old iron table that I'd bought from Ballard Designs back in the early 90s. Two baking pans fit the top perfectly.
Have you had success with "Easter" hydrangeas?A few years ago, I planted a grocery-store hydrangea in an urn, and it lived (somehow), but it wilted every single day, even with heavy-duty watering.
I bought strawberry plants, too--Quinalts and Allstar. I've been doing a little research, and it appears as if I will have to muster the courage to pinch off the white blooms, to help establish the roots. I've also read that my strawberries won't produce this year; another source said the opposite. I guess this strawberry virgin will soon find out!
The little strawberry pots were a challenge for me. Finally, Bandy came outside and talked me through it. We divided each plant--there were 2 in each pot--and gently threaded them through the holes, working from inside the pot, moving to the little openings. It brought back memories of surgical nursing, and I was horrified that I'd injured the plants. As it happened, I didn't have enough berries to fill the pots.
A parting view from the shed. We have lots of room, but we aren't quite ready to invest in raised gardens. One of our Master Gardening instructors showed photos of his straw bale garden, and it was really pretty. He'd set the bales in rows, and above the bales, he'd made little trellises and planted bean vines. Since the bales are off the ground, weeds aren't a huge problem. I thought it was a genius idea. We're going to start with six bales for warm weather crops. I'll let you know how it goes.
In the mid-South, April 15th is the traditional day to plant (though we have all seen frost after this date). I'm looking forward to planting tomatoes, herbs, peppers. Tomorrow, I'm planting cherry tomatoes and herbs in pots--weather permitting. Do you have any garden plans?