It Rained and it’s gonna rain again tonight! I dug down into the dirt in the garden this evening and it was moist down over 2″. I don’t know how much rain we got last night, but the lightning show was terrific.
I am proud to finally say that the Blue Lake Green Beans are blooming.
I am so looking forward to canning some green beans this year. Three years ago I canned 52 pints. The past 2 years I’ve grown Purple Hull Peas along with the Green Beans. The Peas produced like crazy and the Green Beans hardly produced at all. My guess is that the insects that pollinate the Beans were too busy pollinating the Purple Hull Peas; they must be sweeter or something. Last year the bees, bumble bees, wasps, hornets, dirt dobbers,..well anything with wings, were all over the Purple Hull Peas but not the beans. This year there are NO peas in the garden.
Here’s a couple of fruitful plant pictures.
Yesterday morning I felt industrious and built up the dirt around the potato plants; all 55 of them. Oh MY! I’ve never planted this many and thank goodness I LOVE TO CAN. I read that covering half of a 6″ tall potato plant helps it become stronger and gives the potatoes some looser soil to grow it. I’ll repeat this process again when the potatoes grow a bit taller. I did this last year and it worked well and made it easier to dig up the potatoes.
I used my favorite garden tool to pull the soil up from both sides, my metal leaf rake. I love the fact that it has a wide swath and with my sandy soil it is easy to use for raking the soil. It also picks up the loose dead pieces of Bermuda grass that are along the top of the soil.
The carrot seeds I planted have yet to make any sort of appearence. The package said “guaranteed to grow”, well we shall see; if not I’m sending for my money back. I paid over $3 for the package.
On another note your have to forgive the lack of post as of late. My father just had a new knee replacement last week and I’ve been busy working and going to the hospital…now going to Rehab. My Dad’s Dr announced him “amazing” after his heart valve surgery last Sept. and with this one he just shook his head and smiled. My Dad is 84 and a very active man. He will be helping me till the garden when he gets his strength back.
Later this week the planting signs will be right for above ground planting and I will be planting the corn and green beans.
By the way…Here’s a picture of my new toy.
A Craftsman Mini Tiller. I just LOVE it. Though it is a bit harder to handle than my Dad’s big one. I am sure with practice I will get better a handling it. Any suggestions?? Right now I can get it to skip along the top of the ground or dig in the soil about 4″ and then I have to pull it out. Slightly annoying.
In a previous post “Work and Gardening don’t mix sometimes” I mentioned the plastic pickle bucket rings we put around our tomato plants.
“To make plastic circles you cut a plastic pickle bucket in half and cut out the bottom; giving you 2 circles. You place one circle around each plant pushing it into the dirt. This plastic circle allows water to gather around the plant watering the roots instead of just draining away. These come in handy during the summer months when you have to water your plants. At the end of the season save the circles and use them next year. ”
Anyway..Here’s the picture I promised to post.
Here is just the coolest idea from Kara at Kalio Chic.
“I also wanted up give a little recap and update on my celery plant growth and sweet potato slip growing. First for the celery, the plant has been in ground for a little over two weeks and is growing great. See below for the two week growth photo. The baby celery stalks are emerging quite nicely. I have had several questions regarding planting your own celery, so I just wanted to recap for some of you what I did. I brought my celery home from the store and cut the tops off leaving about 2-3 inches from the base. Then I took the base outside and planted it in my garden. I just planted it about an inch deep in the soil, but I think that you can plant the entire base and leave the top level with the soil. The prefered temperature for prime celery growth is 65-75 degree’s F. It can tolerate full to partial sun and they like lots of water. In a few months you should have your new celery stalks ready to cut and eat. You can also just cut of the stalks of the celery as you need them leaving the rest of the stalks to continue growing.”
Check out the whole article and learn how to re-use other vegies and see a picture of the celery.
4-18-12 Here’s a picture of mine in the kitchen window three days after I put it in water. The center has grown considerably. I swear it’s taller than it was this morning.