Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tales from the Garden 2010

I have not done a garden update recently. Pictures of the 7 yards of mulch, or the 20 bags of weeds and other debris at the curb for composting, are not so interesting.

I did make the extra effort this year to start seeds inside. This is a shot from April, in front of my southern exposure patio doors. I did not use grow lights, but only what sun came in through the doors. I turned and rotated my trays frequently, and also blew a low speed fan on them for about 30 minutes each morning and evening to imitate the wind and supposedly make the stems stronger.

I must have done something right, as nearly everything sprouted, and many were transplanted to larger pots, where they seemed to thrive without getting too leggy.

A few things that the Munchkin and I planted on Earth Day did not sprout well - like the corn, peanuts, sunflowers and squash. Some were cases of very old seeds, and in other cases I don't think I had them planted deep enough, and they got moldy. The soybeans sprouted right up, though, as did a few pepper plants and varieties of tomatoes.

Tomorrow I will show you what happened when the indoor garden moved outside....

And in the meantime - don't forget to check the giveaway . Mom is currently hospitalized with infections - so it looks like this round of chemo may be delayed a bit - lots of time yet to enter... I will be updating with the cutoff date when I know.


Michelle said...

Sending hugs and prayers for your mom.

Can't wait to see what your plants did out doors.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Great idea on the planting and seedlings! You are a smart cookie!! :)

And sending well thoughts your mom's way!