Saturday, April 30, 2011

A long over due day of gardening

It was a beautiful day to spend outside. Intermittently cloudy and a high of maybe 70? I had no other plans besides just gardening today and it was lovely. I didn't feel terrible (finally getting over being sick), it was lovely weather, I got to hang out with my daughter, get some sunshine and work out a little in the green gym.

Basil - Transplant
Chamomile - Transplant (one down, one to go)
edge lawn
weed gravel paths
Summer Squash - direct sew
feed lawn: sift older compost with food and worm castings (Did the back lawn, need to do the front still)
Dill - Harden Off / Transplant
turn and water compost
Dig up asparagus and chives
weed blueberry bed
add bark mulch to blue berry bed
Fill end bed w/ more compost and sand
Corn - Sew Seeds Direct
Replant asparaus and chives
Blueberries - Fertilize: 0.8 oz of N per plant using 21-0-0
buy peppers and basil starts
Melons - Sew Seeds Direct

Apple Tree - feed
Fertilize first two years (2010/2011) top of ground w/ calcium nitrate. Then not again till leaves are pale or growth abates to 4"-6" a year. Work lime (calcium carbonate) in yearly till soil PH is 6.4 to 6.7. In 2nd/3rd years tie down branches at an angle of no more then 45* to help induce early fruiting (does not apply to columnar apples).
Onions - Fertilize Lightly
plant more radishes (new to me variety, French breakfast radishes - sounds interesting!)
Tomatoes - Transplant & use cloche (Fertilize + small amounts of lime & ground egg shell)
dig out old dirt in pots and refresh with potting soil and compost
transplant marigold starts (still have a few left to get in the ground but I need to clear out a bed to do it)
Leeks - Transplant
take out peach tree
Cilantro - Transplant
Parsley - Fertilize
plant potatoes
Flowers - Sew all seeds direct outdoors
Peas - Fertilize
Collard Greens - Sew Seeds Direct
Flowers - till bed
Spinach - fertilize

Potato pots with little starts in them. As they grow up I'll add more compost/potting soil to cover till the pots are full.

Those red cones? They're water wells and help keep plants warm until the weather cooperates. Right now they're sheltering tomatoes and artichokes. I've still got one more tomato to plant but it's a baby still and can wait another week or two before going outside. Otherwise the garlic and onions are doing well. I got cilantro transplanted out today in this bed too. The parsley is coming along and even though it's *really* late, I put the leeks out. Maybe they'll be okay. This bed still needs peppers and basil but it's still too cold at night for them so we're on hold there.

I think I've given up trying to grow spinach. What's up? Only ONE year have I ever gotten it to sprout and grow and for the life of me I can't remember what I did get it to "go". So that back right corner? It should be spinach but now it's a marigold and another square foot of radish. Radish variety is new to me, French Breakfast Radish. I am intrigued! Maybe in the last square foot I'll try the spinach again. Tips? Tricks? Anyone... Also planted the last little bit in the front left - collared greens. It's a little late but should be fine with the extra cool weather we've been having.

This is the so sad peach tree. It should be green and leafed out by now but it's a mess. I cut it down a moment or two after taking this picture.

I felt bad about doing it and then my daughter says to me, "Mama, it's like stabbing a baby tree!" Yeah, thanks kid. That makes this SO much easier! X^P Ah well. Having a peach tree was not meant to be. I'll stick to what does well in the PNW, apples. I'll replace this soon with a Spitzenburg. So here is the tree-free garden bed. Hopefully before spring has come and gone I'll get the apple in and try to get its roots established before the heat of summer. Otherwise I'll have to wait till fall.


Daphne said...

Sorry to hear about your tree. I hate when trees die. They take so long to grow.

I have issues with spinach too, but I find that chitting the seed before planting is really helpful. I put the seed between two damp paper towels and put in a plastic bag or container so they stay wet. I leave them there for two days no more. Three days is too long since they have too many roots growing at that point. Sow them out before a warmish spell in the spring and they pop up fairly well.

Megan said...

Sorry about your peach tree. I can't seem to get lettuce or spinach to do much of anything worthwhile in my garden either. However, it does beautiful things for the friends gardens that I plant. Good luck!

Randy Emmitt said...


Plant your spinach in the late fall and cold frame it, simple hoop would do. If it makes you feel any better I cut down maybe 30 6-12ft redbuds today and lots of willows and oaks. If we don't trim back we loose all our sunlight. The hazards of having forest on 3 sides of us.

Just Jenn said...

Daphne, I will have to try chatting them. I just have no luck with spinach. Lettuce I usually start indoors and transplant and it does just fine... looks like I may have to do the same with the spinach.

Megan, thanks. I don't seem to have any issue with lettuce it's just the spinach giving me grief. Wonder why it does well in other gardens... have you had your soil tested?

Randy, Oh redbuds are so pretty! What a shame to have to cut them back... course there's loads more I'm sure and it's worth it to have a bit of a sunny spot for the garden.