Greenhouse and Gardening March Week I
Mar. 5, 2009 6:11 pm
Updated: Mar. 21, 2009 7:00 pm
MARCH 1-7, 2009
YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ THIS BLOG. ITS MORE OF A PLAN LAYOUT FOR GARDENING AROUND MY HOUSE. ITS QUITE BORING BUT I WANTED TO WRITE IT DOWN BUT NOT ON PAPER SO I DON'T FORGET SOMETHING.
So many plants. So little time. I'm wanting to grow too many plants so I HAVE to have a garden now. So far, this is the schedule:
SOME OF THESE ARE NOT PLANTED IN THE GREENHOUSE BUT MOST OF THEM ARE ALREADY STARTING TO GROW OR WERE RECENTLY PLANTED TO TRANSFER INTO GARDEN IN ABOUT 1-2 MONTHS:
VEGETABLE GARDEN #1:
Tomatoes: 2 Roma, 2 Atkinson, 2 Better Boy, 2 Yellow, 2 Beefsteak, 1 Grape (Upside down plant), 1 Cherry (Upside down plant).
Squash: 2 Yellow, 2 Green, 2 Spaghetti (Will place close to ditch).
Cucumbers: 2 plants (Will place close to ditch).
Peas and Beans(Left side garden/patio/trellis): 8 plants each. 1st round out of 4. (I have 8 of each now to transplant in April. Direct sow 8 more plants each (round 2) more in April when I transplant set 1. When those are done, the trellis will be covered with nasturtiums. Rip nasturtiums out to do set 3 and 4 before colder weather/fall.
Brussel Sprouts : 8 plants.
Jalapeno Pepper: 8 plants. Husband loves jalapeno poppers so I was going to make all the peppers that I harvest into poppers, save a couple for cooking, and make fresh salsa. Hopefully I'll get enough.
Spinach(? plants), Swiss Chard(? plants), Cabbage(1 plant), Lettuce(1 plant), Cauliflower (1 plant): They are in HUGE pots. I just wanted to see if they would grow in pots for an early harvest. I may or may not direct sow them in the vegetable garden later on when I actually start the garden.
Strawberries: 20 plants but these were bought as plants.
Corn: 20 plants. Sow outside 2 rows close together for adequate pollination. Remaining space will have tomatoes or I may try to make 2 full rows of corn.
VEGETABLE GARDEN #2:
Garlic: back row. Carrots: 2 rows (4 kinds to total about 80 plants spaced 3-4 inches apart. I'm hoping to blanch most of them). Red Onion: 2 plants (hopefully to get seeds) on left side of garden. Sweet Onion: 2 plants (hopefully to get seeds) on right side of garden. On both sides, Nasturtium to climb up pipe.
ON OTHER SIDE OF DITCH:
Experimental Veggies: 1 Watermelon, 1 Cantelope, 5 Pumpkins (2 really big kind just to see how big they can get and for decoration, 2 medium kind for cooking, and 1 smaller for decorating). I'm going to try my hardest for these because last year they were a flop.
HERB GARDEN AROUND PATIO:
Lots of herbs (1 plant per herb excluding chives, parsley, etc that can be spaced closer). Each plant type has a growing room of 1 foot and seperated by 1 foot. Excluded from this rule: Horseradish and Rhubarb.
3 hanging baskets: 1 upside down Cherry Tomato, 1 upside down Grape Tomato, and 1 upside down Eggplant (Its experimental. I saw someone on YouTube have an upside down eggplant and figured why not). All baskets will have 1 Wave Petunia on top side. Also, 2 Scallion pots, Cilantro pot, 2 Parsley pots, Basil pot, Purple Shamrock pot, 2 Plumeria pots, 3 Spider Plant pots, 1 Bluebonnet pot (experimental and because I miss Texas), 5 Citrus Tree pots, about 16 Amaryllis plants started from seeds last year, 2 Bromeliads (I only have 1 but its having a baby), 2 Tomatillo plants (must do manual pollination), and whatever else I forgot to put down that are currently growing in pots in the greenhouse that will be put on the patio. Also, 3 2foot long rectanlge pots to put Petunias in.
4 Hanging baskets with Petunias. Sunflowers and 2 kinds of Marigolds around the perimeter of playhouse.
AROUND THE POND:
Tidal Wave Petunias. Also, possibly some Castor Beans but I'm not so sure about them since they are so poisonous. We have a baggie full of them because husband's co-worker gave them to us. Idiot. Didn't he know we have a 4 year old and a 1 year old? Anyways, I might put them against the house around the pond. I'm more worried about 1 year old daughter drowning in the pond than her eating the seeds/leaves. I plan to cut off the flowers so I don't have Castor Bean seeds lying around for kids to eat. I'm just not so sure I want to deal with Castor Beans. They don't seem worth it to me.
FRONT OF HOUSE:
Nasturtiums to hide ugly wall. 2 large containers on stairs 1 with Daylilies and 1 with Fuchsia. Ruby Red Daylilies parallel to steps. Caladiums and Elephant Ears on left side of house (practically all shade because of large overhang). Around light pole, Tulips in the spring. White Cosmos and Morning Glories in the summer.
ALONG NEIGHBORS CHAIN LINK FENCE:
NASTURTIUMS TO COVER THE UGLY THING!!! Also, Empress of India Nasturtiums as a border along the fence.
Now all I have to do is hope for the best and work my @ss off to get this all started. I started a majority of the seeds in the greenhouse. I'm going to finish the whole Right Side of house this week so I can have it "airy" to plant the carrots, onion, and garlic there.
Also, I have experimental Artichokes that I want to grow and my husband has his Potatoes he is growing in the greenhouse. I don't know where to put them except for the left side of the house. I've read that I have to start the artichokes REALLY early so they may not even reach their potential with my zone. Oh well. That's why its experimental.
Lastly, I have mixed tall Cosmos to hide an ugly spot in my backyard. My neighbor 2 doors down "hides" an old pick up truck back there. If the tall Cosmos grow to be 4-6 feet tall, they should cover it up good enough to not see as much of the truck. I don't know why he parks it there. Its not his or our land but some dude in England.
GOODNESS!!! I'M GOING TO BE WATERING EVERYDAY DURING THE SUMMER! I WONDER WHAT THE WATERING BILL WILL BE? OUCH!