Spiderwort Blooming

Spiderwort is blooming like crazy down at the lake near here.

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I know how to identify this plant thanks to  down to earth digs who mentions in her blog that the beautiful blue flower of Spiderwort is edible. This is good to know.

How about a blue Spiderwort salad with blueberries???

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A Little of the First Harvests

Here it is almost June…it is just starting to warm up and get muggy. The weather has really influenced the garden. We are just now harvesting the very first peas…

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Lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, peas and radishes…very disappointed in the radishes this year. They usually never fail me, but they are going to seed and not producing, I think it must be the weather….my dwarf Bok Choy did the same thing.

Ever seen red lettuce go to seed?

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I’m hoping these two will reseed themselves in the same bed. They look so fabulous together…the deep red and the bright green.

Basil seeds sprouting…

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Oh, and lavender…

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I’m really excited about this lavender bush…I’ve had it for 3 years…It survived 2 years of  drought and now it is full of spikes that will blossom.

Moved the potatoes outside the greenhouse…

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Still comparing them to the ones in the row outside…

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The final analysis will be the potatoes, of course.

Eggplant that was transplanted in the greenhouse is finally taking off…

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Love a hint of color amidst all that is green…

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Aaaaaaaphids!!! …

I can’t tell you how much I hate bugs. Aphids are little, but let me tell you, there were hundreds, no thousands, all over my kale this morning…

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It has been really warm the past few days…warm enough for these guys to multiply rapidly. I made up some dish soap, oil and water solution and pulled out all the infected plants, dug up any bugs I could see on the soil and sprayed…sprayed…sprayed…

How to Make a Home Remedy to Get Rid of Aphids

The greenhouse now…so sad… 😦

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But we still have pansies…

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I took all the aphids and grubs I dug up out of the greenhouse and wheel-barrowed them down to the coop… The chickens ran up to me all excited like they always are when they think I’m bringing a treat…

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They wouldn’t touch the goodies I brought them…

Oh, well…they are good at laying eggs…

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Just love the coppery color of these Marans eggs!

Working Before the Storm

I just love this website… Old World Garden Farms. I have been learning so much from them, such as putting in a spring cover crop. “Unheard of” was the attitude of the feed store owner to my husband when he asked about rye grass for a spring cover crop. He didn’t have any so we went ahead and bought clover, and I sowed it into my new pumpkin bed today. I’m excited to see how this works!

Today Old World Garden Farms had a wonderful article about Cutting Back, Dividing and Preparing Ornamental Grasses For Spring. The following picture shows the ornamental grasses behind their patio…just gorgeous and totally inspiring!

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One of my sons was into landscaping a couple of years ago and planted some grasses and leftover plants from a job in our backyard still in the pots so he could use them for other jobs someday. He has moved away now and these ornamental grasses have been growing in the same pots sunk in the ground for years.  What I did today:  cut back the ornamental grasses, pulled them out of the pots, divided them and replanted them. These pictures are not pretty, but we are going to see how they progressively look better as I work on them this year.

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I divided 3 plants into 6…Here is what it looks like from a distance…

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For years we have talked about putting a gazebo up…now I’m definitely inspired to do just that. So this is the “before” pic. 🙂 Hopefully my “after” pic will look as pretty as Old World Garden Farms.

I also worked over  in the greenhouse. Spread compost in all the beds and then put DE over all the veggies. It was 90 degrees in the greenhouse and 60 outside, but we are expecting a storm…rain tomorrow and maybe snow the next day. I say “bring it on”! We need all the moisture we can get.

Sarah used some spinach and pansies from the greenhouse to decorate the tomato salad that she served this evening with lentil soup and rice.

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We’ve been buying hydroponic tomatoes from Urban Agrarian. I like supporting these guys. They are located down at the old OKC Farmer’s Market.

Another project in the making is turning our backyard into a fruit and vegetable garden. Here is what it looks like today…another “before” pic…

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Pretty boring…Anna and I have big plans. 🙂

OK, now for the weekly update on the grow lights…

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Looking good…So, how’s your garden coming along?

Winter Reds and Greens and Blues

Journal for the garden in December…

I have lots of baby  red lettuce to make beautiful winter salads with…

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Just picked this out of the green house along with a large bok choy and parsley…yes, there still is a lot of parsley, just unbelievable!

I sprinkled some sulfur in the beds, because there was a little mold or fungus forming on the base of some of the plants. Sulfur is a fungicide, a pesticide, and a nutrient. See What Is Sulfur Powder Used For?

I keep it around because it is supposed to kill chiggers, so I heard that if you sprinkle it on your shoes and pants before you go out into the grass in the summer you won’t have to worry about those awful chigger bites.

While I was looking up sulfur I found some interesting information…

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These are bright yellow sulfur piles in Vancouver Harbor, Canada. I’ve never been to Vancouver, so I had no idea these existed. Sulfur is a byproduct of petroleum production.

Here is an artist’s portrayal of the site…

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From Laura’s Art Gallery

Laura Zerebeski’s depiction of  familiar Vancouver landmarks is fascinating! Click on the link above to see more of her paintings and to read what she has to say about  her paintings.

Anna also rototilled a new bed above the asparagus for the pumpkin patch next year… but more on that later…

Fresh Salad in November

I have so neglected my garden journal being busy with all the chicken stuff. Tonight, though, I have to share with you the salad from the greenhouse that we are having for dinner…

Fresh red and green lettuces…kale and spinach…

A little parsley sprinkled on top with the edible pansies…

Looks scrumptious…doesn’t it?

So, what else is happening out in the garden…

The bok choy is getting bigger all the time and variegated nasturtiums which are not flowering yet…I can’t remember if you can eat the leaves???

The tomatoes have tiny yellow flowers on them… they survived the freeze…I put another layer of plastic around them and they did fine…

Outside the greenhouse the cabbages are beginning to look like they are starting to head…

Unfortunately the cauliflower died in the freeze. I didn’t realize they were not as hardy as the cabbage, so next year I’ll have to be sure and cover them.

And here is what the chickens got for their dinner salad… ; )

Bug Free Beauty and Chicks

“Deep sigh”…At last… it seems as though the bugs are gone and the vegetables can grow in peace…

Journaling the garden today on October 20th…

Found these yellow crooked neck squash growing in the green house today…

Notice the pansies in the first picture? Pansies are actually edible. And nasturtiums (far right in the first picture)  are edible and they are really starting to grow…

This little video shows more flowers that are edible…

The kale and parsley are just amazing…

And the red and green lettuces are coming right along…

I even have a couple of bok choy plants that survived the cabbage worm attack…

The new tiny lettuces are surviving outside. They are kind of hard to see in this picture, but they are there…

The tomato plants are really getting big and I’m really hoping they will make it in the greenhouse…

Now the chicks…they are doing great in their box. I added a little Colloidal Silver to their water as a precaution.

And we put a temporary fence to let the hens out for a bit. They need to really feel at home in their coop so that when we finally let them free range they will come back to it.

And this photo is the Barred Rock basking in the sun…

That’s it for now… : )