In pots (these will be indoor plants):
Somerset Seedless Grape - blush/red
Skookum Seedless Grape - white/green
Anne Raspberry - yellow
Brandywine Raspberry - purple
Early Black Raspberry
Taylor Raspberry - red
So far only the snowdrops & crocuses have flowered.
Snowdrop Single - Elwesii
Plus some I dug up from the old house!
Tete a tete (I bought these as an indoor arrangement last spring & planted the bulbs out in the fall)
Plus some I dug up from the old house & a bunch I "pick'n'mixed" at the garden centre & have no idea what is what! :)
& again plus some I dug up from the old house & a bunch I "pick'n'mixed" at the garden centre & have no idea what is what! :D
I also planted some summer bulbs in containers that I put outside during the day & bring in at night.
So far 8 of the Murielae and 2 of the gladioli have sprouted.
Acidethera - Murielae
Freesia - "Fragrant single mix"
However if you want to be sure that you aren't mistakenly killing off the youngsters you need to know what they look like... & in the larva stage they are kinda creepy!
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So... I'm looking for volunteers to help me put it up as I think I'll need more than my one set of hands :) While I don't have BBQing technology I will happily supply food & beverages, just let me know what!
This weekend saw me start on the backyard. As I mentioned in a previous post, I decided to do my veggie raised beds in a way that had wood at the bottom as a water renetion system & eventually, as it rots down, a source of nutrients. Unfortunately this meant digging down into the "top soil" (more on that later) to give an area in which the wood could go & water be retained. So Friday afternoon saw me digging out one 12'x4' bed & loosening up the soil in two others, another 12'x'4' and a 12'x'3'. I still have two more 12'x'3' beds to go, oh boy!
Now I say "top soil" because really it's nothing more than black clay (rather than the beige clay that's underneath), it doesn't have any drainage capabilities & it turns to sticky goo when wet. The only way I've heard of to improve that kind of soil is to add organics (adding sandy soil just turns it into concrete). Luckily I have a hay processing machine & I figure I ought to get something out of all the hay I've been feeding her over the years!
Saturday morning I rented a truck from U-haul & headed off to the barn. The owner of said barn filled the back up with 3 big scoops from the bobcat & we tarped it down. Yes it just happened to be the windiest day of the year, typical! Now before you all go EWW... this was from the 3-4 year old pile, it was well composed down & doesn't look or smell the same as when it's freshly "processed", it looks like good compost you'd buy at the garden centre. Once I finally unloaded it at my house... it takes a person a LOT longer to unload than it takes a bobcat to load I can tell you... I headed back to the barn to collect some dead fall from the wooded area in one of the pastures. On the way home I stopped at the garden centre to see if they had any plum trees but no luck... so I bought a 3-in-1 blueberry container instead. :)
Once I unloaded the wood I was just about ready to collapse so it was off to a hot shower for me. Unfortunately I missed out on movie night with K and gravy_grrl :( but I needed to finish the "truck chores" before taking it back Sunday morning.
Sunday I had to go pick up my beekeeping equipment. The hive needed to be assembled but with the help of K it was done fairly quickly. We still need to attach legs to it, despite K saying that if we leave it legless it wont run away! I also got a bee jacket that comes with a hood/veil and a bee hat that comes with a veil. That way if I anyone wants to come & take a look at the hive once the bees are in they can wear the extra protective equipment. :) I bought some eco friendly wood stain that'll be safe to use on the hive, so if I get time (HAHAHAHAHA!) I'll paint the outside.
Once that was done it was back outside to dig out the other 12'x4' bed. I added some of the wood to each & then dumped the soil back on. The traditional way of doing these beds is when you're building them where there's grass currently in place. You cut out the sod/turf, lay the wood in the hole & then lay the sod/turf, grass side down on top of the wood. As I just have dirt, dirt is what I added back on top! :D The next step is to add a layer of the compost. My attempts to do so were foiled by a missing bolt on my wheelbarrow as well as it having a flat tire... by then is was dinner time anyway!
What with riding, bootcamp & now yard work, I don't think there's any part of me that doesn't hurt!
I will post pictures later.
Winter sowing is a method of starting seeds outdoors in winter. This is generally done with seeds that require a period of cold stratification. The method takes advantage of natural temperatures, rather than artificially refrigerating seeds.
The Method (taken from suite101.com as it is closely matched what I did):
Winter Sowing is almost as much a philosophy as it is a method. It's not about going to the garden center and plunking down your hard-earned cash for a bunch of supplies that cost more than the seeds you are trying to grow. In Winter Sowing, the containers you use are recycled from things you've already purchased. Milk jugs, two-liter soda bottles, salad take-out containers, and big plastic jars (the kind pretzels come in at warehouse clubs) are all popular winter sowing containers. The only requirements are that it must be able to hold at least three inches of soil and it must have head room for the growing plants. Drainage holes should be cut into the bottom, and air transpiration holes or slits should be cut into the top of the container. Fill the bottom of the container with at least three inches of whatever soil you like best, and moisten it well. The water should drain through the holes you've made in the bottom. Once your soil is wet, sow your seeds according to the package directions. Cover your container, and set it in a spot outdoors. The only place containers shouldn't be placed is under awnings or overhangs, since the seeds will be watered in large part by melting snow, and then spring rains, and you want to make sure they get enough water. Keep your eye on your containers. Condensation is a good thing. If there is no condensation, it either means that you have too many transpiration holes (tape over some of them if this is the case) or your soil is drying out. As spring arrives, and the air warms up, your transpiration holes should be made bigger and bigger, until you remove the top of your container entirely. This is the winter sowing way to “harden off” your plants. After they are hardened off, simply plant your transplants out in the garden.
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