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ImageMaryE
Feb 26, 2016 11:36 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's a new year with endless opportunities to play in the garden.

I started onion seeds in 4x4 pots in the greenhouse on Feb 17. Yesterday they were already coming up. Lots of them! This year I ordered all of my vegetable seeds from Baker Creek Seeds and have three varieties that are new to me. Stutgarter and Australian Brown will produce yellow skinned onions that I hope will be good storage onions, and Southport White Globe onion which I hope will be close to what I sold at the co-op. These baby onions will be grown to about wooden match size in the pots, then be transplanted to a garden row in April. If all goes well, I could probably sell enough white onions to pay for all of this year's seed order.

I peeked under the straw mulch and saw 2 inch high garlic sprouts. Checked for signs of the rhubarb waking up and didn't find any yet.

In the flower beds I have daffodils, tulips and other spring flowering bulbs showing new green growth, and was pleasantly surprised yesterday to see Iris Reticulata in bloom! The flower beds still look great with the coat of mulch I put on last fall. Now I want to add compost.

Birds are starting to gather nest materials. Do I dare to believe it is really spring? It's still only February. We didn't have as much snow as some years. It has all melted and the hills have some green grass.Thumb of 2016-02-26/MaryE/dc2d12
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ImageSharon
Feb 26, 2016 7:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's good to be able to put pictures with your words, Mary. What part of your area am I seeing here? Are we looking back up the hill at your buildings? Your house, your shop?

I can't wait to watch your garden grow. Lucky you to have such a mild winter.
ImageMaryE
Feb 26, 2016 9:22 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I was standing in the middle of the garden, looking up the hill toward the greenhouse, house (grayish blue), and the woodshed and shop to the left of that behind the tree. The red blob near the greenhouse is our 4 wheeler (motorcycle thing) that just happened to be there that day. This picture was taken before we planted fruit trees on the slope below the greenhouse. The bushy green plants to the right of the rototiller are rhubarb. The little green sprouts you see are corn, planted in groups, and ready to be covered with the plastic for cold nights. It's kinda messy, but that is the sign of a work in progress!
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ImageSharon
Feb 26, 2016 9:27 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Ahhhh . . . I wasn't seeing the GH. I saw it as a solid structure, not transparent. It was a duh moment, but it blended in with the sky.

This is going to be a good year for you. We need to see Patch in your pictures too.
Imageirisarian
Feb 26, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
ok, ??? from iris person: which reticulata do you grow.
ImageMaryE
Feb 26, 2016 10:33 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Lucy, I don't know. It's been here for eons. I may have planted it from something I bought at a discount store, or was given, or maybe it was here when we moved here in '93 or '94.
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ImageMaryE
Feb 28, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
More of those iris reticulata are blooming every day. Today I have a group of 9, another group of 4 and one by itself. They are all the same color.

While watering in the greenhouse today I discovered the pot with the hyacinth bulbs has 3 green areas. I moved it to a spot that should be a degree or two warmer. I'm not sure what color they are, so it will be a nice surprise when they bloom. Another pot, possibly with a daylily has been pulled out of a corner and watered to wake it up. It may be one I moved last fall so I could check the color this year before knowing where I want to plant it.

The maple tree is budding. It starts red in the spring and is green until the leaves turn color in the fall.

The Carefree Beauty rose is alive and has a few little green leaves. It was "pruned" severely by the deer. When I was outside I forgot to look at the Dr Huey roses by the corner of the porch. Those were originally Don Juan but the tops died and the root stock survived so I still have red roses although not the ones I wanted.

Forgot to say that we opened the kraut crock and the batch is another success!
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ImageArleneB
Feb 28, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
It's so funny Mary, I was just thinking the other day I wish you would post photos so I could get a "feel" for your layout, and here it is! I don't think it looks messy at all! I know sometimes we get in our heads we want things to look like magazine photos. Mine NEVER have and never will. Well, in my mind's eye, that is what they look like, but not in a photo. Rolling on the floor laughing

At first I didn't realize this was an old photo and I saw the HUGE rhubarb and then I realized it was. What is planted beyond your garden, to the right of the fence?

You have a large greenhouse. You said you don't heat it, right? I love pulling the pots in the spring when the bulbs are just waking up. I have a couple not marked and have fun trying to guess what it is until something peeks through. I even found a pot of lily bulbs I had dug up last fall to move and just left them outside. Just the bulbs, no dirt, and a bunch of dead roots on top, with one sprouting and all the rest still growing roots under it all.

ImageSharon
Feb 28, 2016 9:07 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'm glad Carefree Beauty is waking up, Mary. I noticed today that mine are too. I also noticed today that I lost another Rosemary bush. I used to keep them for years but I keep losing them to unexpected weather more recently. I can't wait for my black crepe myrtle to start budding. I hope no harm came to it during winter.

It's exciting now just seeing all the green appearing. Mostly I know what to expect when the green starts showing because I haven't changed much of anything the past two years. I'm hoping this year will be a little different. I need to thin out so many daylilies and I need to get control of my mint and euphorbia, variegated vinca in the front, too.

I love watching your gardens grow. Keep on sharing pictures, please and thank you!
ImageMaryE
Feb 28, 2016 10:01 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Arlene, the area to the right of the fence that goes up the hill in the middle of the picture has weeds! Invasive weeds. What looks like planned pathways there is just where the horses made trails to get to that upper gate from the water tank that you can't see. It is about 30 ft up hill from the rototiller. The weed is Pepperwort, also known as hoary cress, common name here is whitetop. It is one of our worst noxious weeds. As you can see, it can really take over! The white blooming plant near the rototiller is the same thing. It spreads by roots and by seeds. I've pulled and dug it out by the wheelbarrow full and never seem to gain on it. The top edge of the garden (it's on a slope) is just beyond the rhubarb and the rototiller. There is quite a lot more behind where I was standing and to the left and right. I'll look for better pictures. I took one from the opposite hill looking down at all of it. The picture you see was taken in early June of 2008.

The greenhouse is 12x20, minimally heated to keep it from freezing. It is built of triple wall poly-carbonate. We have a small propane furnace in it, set at 55 which as as low as it will go. It has a pilot light and requires no electricity to start it although the fan won't work without power. We chose that type because we have a lot of power outages and one at the wrong time would not be good when we could be having -15 or 20 at the same time.
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ImageMaryE
Feb 28, 2016 10:28 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Found more pictures.
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ImageSharon
Feb 28, 2016 10:34 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Wow. It surely does green up and fill in well!

In the next to the bottom picture, what is the tiny structure I see at the top of the hill slightly to the right?

Can you ever take any sunrise pictures? I've read so many descriptions I would melt if I actually saw pictures.
ImageArleneB
Feb 28, 2016 11:03 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Great pictures! I can really get an idea of the layout now. I love the last picture with all your garden growing so well. In the second to the last picture, the same one Sharon ask about, it almost looks like a tree is tipped over on the left or is it just that full? Your soil is so black compared to ours. I have finally gotten used to the color of the soil down here so I don't notice it until I see pictures like yours where the soil is so black.

Your greenhouse is the same size as mine. We use a quartz heater set at 40° in ours, just enough to keep stuff from freezing. It is fairly economical but I would really like to use solar eventually with the battery back up .

So this is the garden that is now fenced in to keep the deer out correct?
ImageMaryE
Feb 29, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, the structure you see is one of those triangular rock jacks we build to take the place of a fence post. The fence below what you see is metal posts and barbed wire, not visible in the somewhat out of focus picture. The picture I use as my avitar is a sunrise picture, and yes, I have a lot of sunrise pictures.

Arlene, when I look at your garden pictures I always notice the red soil. Yes, this is the same garden that now has a deer proof fence. The big tree to the right grows just outside the garden. It is a huge old elder. I'm sure the roots reach far under my garden on that lower corner. It shades that corner but only in the early morning and late evenings in mid summer. Elder is related to maples in some way. The leaves and seed pods are similar.

Other things you see in the garden are the elderberry bushes on the left above that big bushy tree and the framework on the right supports the grape vines.
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ImageSharon
Feb 29, 2016 9:21 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I've never been able to get a mind picture of the layout of your farm, Mary, so thank you so much for these pictures. Now I can see it so much better. Now I want to be a bird on the top of your roof so I can slowly turn 360* and take it all in!! So much space you have there, you can see forever.
ImageMaryE
Feb 29, 2016 9:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Arlene, your post appeared twice for some reason. Maybe Sharon could remove it.

We burned brush piles today. I pulled dead thistles and burdock weed to get rid of their seeds. A lot of burdock seed heads stuck to by shirt, making me feel like a porcupine. All were added to the burning piles, along with a quite a few downed limbs from the old cottonwood trees. Then I cleaned out about 100 ft of the irrigation ditch of debris so the water will flow better. It was overflowing to where I was collecting junk for the fire. Somehow I kept from getting a shoe full of water. Rick kept pushing the edges of the fires toward the centers with the tractor bucket. The piles will smolder all night and be hot for a couple of days. Today was a beautiful, sunny, calm day. More rain is in the forecast.
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ImageSharon
Feb 29, 2016 11:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Fixed it!
Imagebillyporter
Mar 1, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Mary,
I too just love your farm! We need a lot more pictures, as you plant, as it grows and your harvests. I'd like to see Patch too.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imageirisarian
Mar 1, 2016 10:40 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
John has made elderberry jelly from our bushes. Not now. In our 80s we are not as active with projects. It takes all our energy to weed the irises &he did most of it last year.

My asthma is much better at night, but I still puff walking to the car. this was my first day on the 5 predesone ? pills. I lot more to manage than 6. Perhaps it won't knock me out so much.
ImageMaryE
Mar 1, 2016 10:44 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
We have made a lot of elderberry juice but never jelly. We mix a pint of the juice with a 12 oz can of concentrated apple juice and then fill a 2 quart pitcher with water. We canned the elderberry juice without sugar in case we decided to do something else with it later.
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