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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Seed Orders For 2017 Outdoor Garden ... Part 2

This is part 2 of the post: Seed Orders For 2017 Outdoor Garden ... Part 1

I bought these seeds from Park Seed  Park Seed  during a sale and free shipping! They are Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Marigolds, Basil, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Coleus, Cosmos, Radish.


Cilantro will be used to make pesto. cilantro pesto recipe

Basil will be used to make basil pesto. basil pesto recipe

Nasturtium will be used near the vegetables because they deter some pests and is a great tasting edible flower. Nasturtium .

Marigold will also be used because it looks good and deters some pests and attacks pollinators.
marigolds

Cosmos will be used to attract pollinators

Coleus will be used in shady areas. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seed Orders For 2017 Outdoor Garden ... Part 1

I try to order seeds early to make sure I have them. I put my seed inventory into a few categories:

  1. Old seeds
  2. Seed saved seeds
  3. New seeds
I make sure I have plenty of seeds of the plants I want to grow. I tend to start them earlier than I should to make sure I have enough plants. I try to use up the old seeds and then use the seed saved seeds. I also grow about 50% more plants than what I need. There is nothing worse than a possible blank spot in the garden. Or not having enough of your favorite plants. It is better to have seeds left over than missing plants at planting time. 

I bought these seeds from Johnnys  Johnny's Selected Seeds   during a sale. They are Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Coneflower, Lettuce mix, Kale, Collared Greens, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Cherry Tomato


The flowers are annuals. The collard greens, cherry tomatoes, lettuce mix, lettuce, swiss chard, kale will keep producing new harvests. 

I will use succession planting to supplement the broccoli and lettuce growth. 

As you can see from previous posts, I use a lot of zinnias and rudbeckia in the flower garden. They attract bees, blooms last a long time, and the plants can handle the local climate.  




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Garden Pictures Peak Blooming Pt 2 7/28/2016

Here are some pictures of the different flowers blooming in the garden at this time. Enjoy !









Garden Pictures Peak Blooming Pt 1 7/28/2016

Here are some pictures of the different flowers blooming in the garden at this time. Enjoy !

Flora Peno Lily

Purple coneflowers

I put the deer fencing up at night and let it down during the  day



Hop cones starting





Garden Flower Pictures And Red Currant Harvest 7/20 - 7/27 2016

I harvested the red currants during this time period. I just glide my had along the cluster and gently pick the currants. I also pick the entire cluster and put it in the pot. It takes me about 2 days to do 2 bushes.

I sit on the porch to take a break from the heat or rain and remove the stems and leaves.

I ended up with 7 quarts of red currants. I froze them to make jam doing the winter.


Red Currant harvesting underway
                                          

Here are some pictures of the different flowers blooming in the garden at this time. Enjoy !

Rudbeckia and coneflowers

Coleus
                                         

The garden gets many animal visitors. A grasshopper is on a flower on the left and a deer is walking down my street. I surround the gardens with deer fencing. But every night the deer pass by looking for an opening to the all you can eat 24/7 snack bar!
                                         

                                         






Garden Flower Pictures 7/10 - 7/13 2016

Here are some pictures of the different flowers blooming in the garden at this time. Enjoy !

Rudbeckia

Daylily
                                 

Zinnia

Zinnia

Zinnia
                                          

Rudbeckia

Lily

Lily
                       

Lily                                                                                                                   Zinnia
                   

Petunia                                                                                                           Zinnia
                                       

Zinnia

Rudbeckia
                                         

                                         

Coneflower
                                         

                                         

Zinnia                                                                                          Coneflower
                                         

Zinnia
                                                        

Rudbeckia