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YellowRose Posted - Dec 27 2021 : 1:04:46 PM
I guess it's time to start talking about our garden plans for the coming year. I received two seed catalogs today or should I say wish-books. Seems like I do a lot of wishing then I get real and choose the plants or seeds that I can actually manage or afford. The catalogs are Baker Creek and Willhite, a Texas seed company. This time of the year there's nothing better than a seed catalog in the mail.

Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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nubidane Posted - Jun 21 2022 : 3:19:53 PM
Hi Alee!!!!! Good to see you back!
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 21 2022 : 1:57:03 PM
Gardening is a struggle this year. We are getting lots of moisture which is wonderful!!!! However we are also getting a lot of hail. My poor plants are getting beat up pretty bad!!! Is there a way to protect against hail that will not cost me an arm and a leg???

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
Farmgirl of the Month - January 2016
http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
windypines Posted - Jun 18 2022 : 04:46:06 AM
Krista, I have chocolate mint in a 5 gallon bucket that I took the bottom off and buried it in the ground. It does stick out a few inches. I do watch it and trim it off as needed. Otherwise it will flop over the edge of the bucket and root. Takes off from there. It is also in an area by itself with grass around it.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 15 2022 : 1:25:07 PM
Thank you Sara and Sharon. My dad said the exact same thing! Would explain how the mint came over to my house from his yard with the raspberries. What I dug up isn’t looking so good. I guess that is fine. I will just need to put it in a pot next time to help keep it contained. My dad did say there is a really good chance I’ll find more in my raspberries though.

Krista
Alee Posted - Jun 15 2022 : 11:57:07 AM
Sara- I can only imagine the heat you are going through right now!

Alee
Farmgirl Sister #8


YellowRose Posted - Jun 15 2022 : 07:30:24 AM
Carole, I have been container gardening for years and like it. Enjoy yours.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
ceridwen Posted - Jun 15 2022 : 07:19:33 AM
Since I do not have a lot for a garden, this year I am attempting to container garden. So far I have the following

cherry tomato - German variety
Yellow squash & zucchini
Roma tomatoes
Jalapeńos
Egg plant

and a variety of herbs.

Every morning I go out and tend to the pots, so far so good!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http:www.carolesquiltingetc.com
YellowRose Posted - Jun 15 2022 : 06:43:56 AM
Oh my, Alee, you have been busy in your gardens. All of your hard work should give you a good crop. As Michelle says, "happy gardening".

With our hot temps I am watering the okra and zinnias every morning. I moved a hanging basket of lantanas out of full sun in the front yard to partial shade on the back deck. Even lantanas can't take full Texas sun without some relief.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
Alee Posted - Jun 14 2022 : 10:27:01 PM
Hi Ladies!

I have been working my garden really hard for the past month- getting things planted in the vegetable patch out back and renovating my flowerbeds. My ex put pea gravel in my flower beds and I always hated it. I have been getting rid of it and putting in mulch and planting so many flowers to help the bees! I think my lavender from last year is finally going to bloom soon, and the honey suckle I planted this year is blooming again!

I had some bales of alfalfa that got moldy so I have been using that as mulch around plants which they seem to love! I am also working on making the vegetable patch a no-till garden. You put down cardboard and then keep 6-8 inches of organic matter on top of the cardboard. My compost heap is getting pretty big and cooking away. I turned it a few days ago and was able to harvest a little compost from the bottom so far.

We have been converting to digital records at work, so we have been shredding a lot of paper. I am taking home huge trash bags every day and adding the paper to my vegetable patch and compost heap. I’m really excited at the progress I am making! For years my garden area was completely devoid of worms, but I am starting to see them coming back!

This is my first year trying to grow potatoes and they seem to be coming up nicely after a bit of a slow start. I’m hoping they produce well.

I feel like I am constantly running out of time, though. I go out around 6am in the mornings and do about an hour’s work planting and weeding, laying much and shoveling more pea gravel out of the front beds. Then at night I am usually doing another hour or two after work and most weekends I put in a good 4-6 hours on the yard and garden. I’m hoping to get everything settled soon and get into maintenance.

Oh and I just ordered some of MaryJane’s Iris’! I can’t wait to get them! They smell amazing and have the most beautiful colors!

Alee
Farmgirl Sister #8


YellowRose Posted - Jun 14 2022 : 1:09:26 PM
Krista, Sharon is right about mint being invasive. I keep all of my mints in containers. When you dig it up be sure there is enough roots to support the size of the mint. After transplanting keep it watered so the soil is moist but not soggy. Once established mint is an easy plant to grow.

If you allow your mints to flower keep the different kinds apart because they can cross pollinate and muddle the scent & flavor.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
VegiChik Posted - Jun 14 2022 : 12:51:57 PM
Be careful with mint! At least where we live in Michigan, it can become invasive quickly. I plant seeds ( you could probably dig up a clump);in pots in my herb gaden to keep the root system contained.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 13 2022 : 7:39:51 PM
Yesterday I was playing around in my raspberries and pulling all the weeds out of them and guess what I found? Mint! Somehow this mint managed to transport with my raspberries and start to grow. It takes me back to my childhood when my grandpa used to grab it out of the garden. I sure love the smell. I would like to transplant it out of my raspberries to another place in my garden. Anyone know how to do that?

Krista
VegiChik Posted - Jun 11 2022 : 5:39:12 PM
I,myself, had to go purchase some vegetable “starts” today as mine (the ones I had painstakingly nurtured for weeks), succumbed to the wind once planted in our garden. The sight of my babies perishing was heartbreaking, but I knew that just giving up was not the answer for me. Along with the newly purchased “starts”, I also sowed more seeds direct. Time will tell. My hussband reminds me that each year is somewhat an experiment. And so we grow on . . .
JeanP Posted - Jun 11 2022 : 11:10:22 AM
Monsoons here again today . . . how novel. I feel like I'm living in Mississippi again. Pretty sure our garden is kaput for this year -- it drowned !!!
jean

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 10 2022 : 2:01:43 PM
Sara, it really has been an off year. Even my my father in law is struggling.

Sharon, thank you. That is very true. I am grateful for whatever I can get this year.

I examined my raspberries yesterday and seen quite a few buds. I’m hoping for more than I can eat so that I can make some raspberry jam. So far no squash bugs! Hoping to keep them out this year.

Krista
VegiChik Posted - Jun 08 2022 : 6:38:27 PM
Krista, every year will be different! The sun, the wind, the soil, the critters. We each just do our best & enjoy the bounty of whatever we do harvest. Next year we try again. Even if the cucumbers “crumble”, our souls still thrive as we connect to the dirt under our fingernails.
YellowRose Posted - Jun 08 2022 : 2:30:22 PM
Krista, I know what you mean about messed up days. Today is hot but overcast. This morning it was dark at 10. We are having a lot of dark days.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 08 2022 : 1:59:53 PM
I’m so jealous of all your gardens. Mine is struggling this year so far and it doesn’t help that I planted a smaller garden. We had a super cold couple of nights that we shouldn’t have had that took some of my plants. I have had to replace a couple as well. Also my peas are still coming up and I should be harvesting some by now. Our weather has really messed a lot up. I’m hoping it will catch up soon.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Jun 07 2022 : 1:56:26 PM
Checked on my strawberry mint today and it has really taken off. Only one wee sprig survived the winter, so I pegged it down with a hairpin. As it grew, I pegged more down, now it is a thriving plant that I should be able to harvest come fall.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
YellowRose Posted - Jun 06 2022 : 3:26:09 PM
Andrea, first pickings from garden are always the best. Won't be too many days before I can pick by first batch of okra.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
AndreaPA Posted - Jun 06 2022 : 3:08:39 PM
Picked some spinach today. The first thing to come out of the garden this year.

Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
YellowRose Posted - May 07 2022 : 07:45:56 AM
I've just come in from sitting on my Yellow Rose Cottage front porch, enjoying the morning sun and a cup of tea. First, I thought I saw a lone bee on the heirloom climbing red roses but as I watched it turned out to be the smallest wasp I have ever seen. Wasp are pollinators too, so it was good to see it, but it's sad that with all the roses in bloom only one wee wasp was enjoying them. Just feet away from the roses is my sage in bloom and the parsley is about to bloom. I let my herbs bloom so the bees, butterflies, and wasps will have something to eat. While outside I saw only the one wasp and one butterfly. Each year I see them less and less, but we still need them to pollinate.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
YellowRose Posted - May 05 2022 : 12:16:28 PM
Excellent idea, Sharon.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
VegiChik Posted - May 05 2022 : 11:43:30 AM
No matter what zone we are in, we probably all start some seeds indoors & then need to thin, sometimes pot-up, & finally harden off & plant outdoors. I always have a hard time with thinning my seedlings; just seems such a shame to nip off a few even if they are smaller than the others ( I mean they are trying SO hard to grow !) But I know if I don’t, ALL the seedlings will struggle. This year I had a “lightbulb” moment as I thinned: Why not save the little guys I nip off & eat them-microgreens!!! Had a very tasty sandwich for lunch :)!
nndairy Posted - Apr 07 2022 : 12:34:11 PM
I agree, Sara! It's very interesting how different all the zones are. We have snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. My daffodils are braving the cold and blooming, and my chives are a couple inches tall but that's it. I think my mother in law has a couple tulips blooming but I don't have any of them in my flower beds. Oh, I do have a bunch of iris's from my grandma and they're starting to green up and grow a tiny bit.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


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