Saturday, March 25, 2017

Finally Starting To Warm Up Around Here

It seemed like Winter would never end around here. Just this past Sunday, a mere 6 days ago it was snowing outside and today it got up to 74 degrees.
I finished planting my potatoes yesterday and today I finished planting my carrots.
My tomato and sweet pepper plants should start arriving here around 4/10.
I planted some hyacinths in planter boxes on the back deck railing and planted some herbs in planter boxes on the shed.
I will plant my 5 varieties of corn when my tomato and pepper plants arrive here.
On the medical front I had my Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) done to the nerves on 3 vertebrae o n my right side and I will be getting my left side done on April 5th.
I also have an appointment with a Orthopedic Specialist/Surgeon to check out my trigger finger issues and a problem with my right shoulder that has progressively got worse. I have had to totally quit my weightlifting to to this shoulder issue.I will be glad when I find out what the problem is and even happier when I get the problem fixed.
Lately it seems that every time I get one issue fixed..bi-lateral hernias...I develop several more problems that need to be addressed before I can get back into my normal workout routines.
The good news is that we are going away for 5 days to Orlando, FLA. Maybe some long overdue sunshine will work wonders on this old aching body.  
Below are some garden photos:

Potato planter bags. The white plastic container has carrots planted in it.

 Hyacinths on the deck rail

 Assorted herbs on the shed including something different...Chocolate Mint plant

 Small carrot patch
 On the right and left side of this garden area are potato troughs and in the center area will house my 3 largest types of tomatoes

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden In Limbo

On my last post I mentioned that my various garden areas are ready and that I am awaiting two important things...warmer weather and the arrival of my live plants. I have all of my potatoes waiting to be planted and all of my corn and carrot seeds.
Below are photos of my expanded garden area:

Below are the 2 potato bags that I ordered

I have a total of 23 planter pots. The white plastic box that is on the table in the background will be used for some more carrot seeds.




The 3 at the end of this line of pots are larger than the others and will be used for tomato plants. All of the others will be used for an assortment of sweet peppers.

This is the raised garden that I fenced in and put new boards around last year. I just recently placed new landscape plastic down in it to keep the weeds down to a minimum

Below is a garden area that used to have numerous day lillies in it several years ago. It also had a Rose of Sharon small tree/bush that was not doing very well so I pulled it out and put some landscape plastic down. The areas that don't have plastic will be used for carrots and potatoes

These are my customized tomato cages that I will be using for the largest of the tomato plants that I will be growing. Instead of using stakes to hold the cages in place I cut out flaps that lay on top of the plastic and put the bricks on top of the flaps to hold the cages down during windy days and storms.

Today it got up to 37 degrees and the wind was blowing at 20 mph. Tonight we are supposed to drop to 27 degrees. Hopefully warmer weather will be here soon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Garden Is Ready Now Just Awaiting For Spring To Arrive

We had a few warm days so I figured that Spring was close by. Then it turned cold again but at least have have my gardens prepped and ready. I am expanding this years garden and growing only specific veges.
Last year I experimented with vegetables that I have never grown before. Some were hits and some were misses so this year I scaled down on the variety of vegetables that I would grow but expanded on my garden space.
My main garden will be for corn only but I will be planting about 4-5 different types of sweet corn.
I bought my seeds from Burpees this year.
They have a nicer assortment that the seeds sold at Walmart or Home Depot.
I also ordered a bunch of different Sweet Pepper plants that should arrive sometime shortly after 4/10.
The same with the 5 different types of tomato plants.
I got approximately 20 large plant pots to put out on the back deck and I have loaded them up with dirt and fertilizer. Most of the plant pots will contain the sweet pepper plants and a few with have tomatoes in them.
I am also going to plant a few varieties of potatoes...some on the back deck in two potato bag planters and the rest in my new garden area.
I will be planting 3 of the largest tomato plants in my new garden area along with some carrots.
I have another container on the back deck for some more carrots.
I had some spare fencing that I had used to fence around the big garden last year and I cut the leftover fencing into 3 sections and made my own tomato cages for those 3 larger tomato plants.
Everything is all prepared and ready. All I am waiting on is some warmer weather and for the rest of my plants to arrive.
I will take pictures of my new expanded garden space and the plants once I begin to plant.
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