Greenhouse and Gardening March Week III
Mar. 17, 2009 5:18 am
Updated: Apr. 2, 2009 9:56 pm
MARCH 14-21, 2009
Not much here. I've just been waiting for things to sprout, grow bigger, warmer climate, and husband to till the garden. He finally finished Sunday. Now we'll wait until after the rain and probably till again, weed, mix the compost, and fertilize.. I got My Stevia, Honeyleaf seeds and "Japanese Style" Eggplant seeds today.
The Stevia is experimental. I've never seen Stevia or tasted it but it looks interesting enough to grow. Internet sites say it may or may not be stonger than sugar since they are starting from seeds. I guess I'll find out in about 4 months. I'll start 3 seeds and hope for the best.
I bought the "Japanese Style" Eggplants because I can't find them anywhere in West Virginia. I love eggplants and want to make an Eggplant Salad like the one from Central Market. Couldn't find the right kind so I succumbed to growing them myself. I'm just going to plant maybe 3 seeds and hope for the best.
Also, I received some Espoma Plant-tone. It says it is approved for organic gardening. I might throw some here and there. If I like the results, I'll have to buy more and use it for the potted plants. I don't like using any kind of fertilizer. I use compost dirt for any plants that will be eaten/bear edible fruit. Miracle grow all the flowers. If this stuff works, which I hope it does, I'll definitely fertilize the veggies with it.
***UPDATE*** Beefsteak Tomatoes are growing. Also, I have 15 out of 18 Wave Petunias. After carefeul inspection, I only saw those 15 and replanted the other 3. Oh well. Also, I only have 2 out of 6 Morning Glories. I only want 3 at the most so I replanted some more just in case.
I weeded the carrot garden. There wasn't much but still took out some weeds that I missed.
I retilled the herb and pea/bean garden area. It was a bad choice. My back was already hurting Tuesday. I figured maybe I need to work it off. BIG MISTAKE! Now I can't move without a sharp pain around my tailbone, a$$, and down my right leg. Hopefully it will go away soon.
I still need to till then retill the fence line and till then retill the area around playhouse. Also, I or husband has to retill the main garden.
After that, I can start laying plastic or preen on whatever I want.
I still have 6 weeks to go until last frost date in my area. I've looked online and it says between end of April to the beginning of May. Husband keeps telling me there is going to be 1 more BIG snow storm but I don't believe him. I think Global Warming has messed everyone temps but who knows.
***UPDATE*** So if you didn't know, I pulled something in my back yesterday that makes me walk like I'm 90 years old. After picking up my kidlet from school, I decided to swing by Wally World for some mulch. I picked up the bags and my back gave out again. Wobbled my way inside, paid for my purchases, and then went home. It hurt so bad that I took a really long nap from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. I woke up went outside and noticed the greenhouse door was closed. I thought to myself "Oh no!" as I stood in front of the door. When I opened it, I wanted to CRY! Most if not all my cold hardy vegetables (brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, swiss chard) HAVE SHRIVELED UP AND DIED! I'M SO MAAAADDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I watered them and kept the door open for a little bit to get some of the heat out. I can't believe I forgot to open the door before falling asleep. URRRRR!!! Also, some of the corn aren't coming up so I will replant some more tomorrow. I only want 20 of them and may need to replant 5 or so. Also, I may do some more brussle sprouts and cabbage. I'm really upset about those plants so I may replant some more seeds and have a few extras just in case. Also, the 3rd set of spinach needs to be put out so I may do those this week too.
***UPDATE*** So I replanted some more corn, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. Also, I planned out the herb garden set up. I'm going to have a long straight line of herbs around my patio (the length of the patio, about 50 feet X 18inches). In between each herb there will be a medium sized rock. I'm going to mulch it just because I don't want to weed too much around the herbs. Also, I think mulching looks better than looking at the ground.
After replanting the veggies, I reassessed the damage from yesterday. TO MY HORROR ALL THE PETUNIAS WERE WILTED OR DEAD!!! NOW I'M REALLY MAD!!! I replanted 3 yesterday so those 3 haven't even sprouted. The seedlings had leaves smaller than a pen dot so I don't think any would have endured the extreme temeperature. I replanted all but the 3 today. I can't believe I cooked them in my greenhouse. GESH!!!
***FRIDAY*** So I cut up the landscape fabric for the herb garden. I thought I had enough but was short by a whole bunch. Oh well. Time to buy more. The rock/herb harden is gonna look pretty spiffy IMO. Maybe when I get it all settled, I could somehow fit in some early spring flowering bulbs for next year. Crocuses, Narcissus, or Daffodils could fill in while herbs are growing. Hmmmmm.... I'm already thinking about next spring. I'm so sad.
Also, I think the herbs that I started got cooked. Before I took THAT NAP THAT KILLED ALL MY PLANTS, I saw roots coming out of most of them. Now they are stalled and not growing. I think I'm going to have to replant those too.
Also, I added more peat moss to the carrot garden. Back still hurt so I didn't make a big deal about it.
Also, I dug out the outline of the fence. I didn't turn the dirt because I wanted to go easy with my back. After that, I made a semi-circle perimeter in front of fence directly in front of neighbor's shed. I'm not sure what to put in this flower garden area but I'm sure I'll figure something out.