Planting Archives

Planting for the Second Crop

Seeds for the second crop of fall vegetables were planted. They were kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes and spinach.

Planting Maintenance

I planted the new plants on Saturday.  They found a resting place in the lower flower garden. I rearranged and thinned out  blackeyed Susans, planted gladiola bulbs, zinnias, and watered everything well.

More Annuals

Another trip to Bachman’s for Deb to get a replacement for a New Guinea Impatients which died on us. It just shriveled up.

Deb bought a new plant and I decided to get more annuals, this time, zinnias.  We bought white, and multicolored packs.

Wonderful Soaking Rain

Rain came midweek, May 26, 27, and 28 – a most wonderful soaking rain. There was a brief afternoon shower on Saturday May 24, but the 3 days of soaking rain was the winner. Plants and young shoots springing from seed are claiming more space. I’m thinning out carrots, radishes, spinach, and lettuce which seems like a waste.

This week I’m deciding to move the green bean plants. They were not doing well with the cucumbers and beets. I transplanted them to the 18 inch diameter half barrel tub where the 3 melon plants died. They are doing much better, greener and healthier. The cucumber plants are growing and look healthier as well.

Watering Techniques

Memorial Day

Decision time.  Should I construct the trellis or transplant the petunias?

Planting won, so I began to work the south side of the house. Transplanting “volunteer plants” (large black-eyed Susans) from the herb garden to the south side flower garden. Bringing the white and double purple petunias to this garden of yellow will be spectacular.

With more petunias, I continued planting them as border flowers in the Buddha Herb Garden. With intermittent nasturtiums colorful shades of red and pink, the white and purple will go well with the various shades of green from the herbs.

Without Deb’s help I could not have finished all the planting. The lack of rain presents a problem.  I use the water sprinkler for the flower garden, lawn spaces beyond, and between the raised beds. However, I am careful to not sprinkle the vegetable leaves. I hand sprinkle with the hose nozzle the grass close to the raised beds. I hand water with a watering can the strawberries, vegetables and herb gardens.

The radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, and spinach are above the ground. Each square foot of space gets a generous amount of water from the watering can.

Adding to the Buddha Herb Garden

Today I transplanted the herbs and flowers that I bought two days ago.  Planted them in pot containers of various sizes and placed them in the Buddha Herb Garden along with a couple of pot containers of marigold flowers.

A few pot containers of marigolds were stationed near tomato containers as well.

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