5/3/2010 -- Lots of butterflies out all of a sudden; small blue ones (spring azure?), red admiral, some type of fritillary (I think), and even a mourning cloak, which I haven't seen in years. It was a good day to be outside working in the yard and garden with all that going on! Finally got the rest of the daffodils dug up from the middlle of the vegetable garden and stuck into big pots, but no idea where I'm going to put them. I may end up just making another bed on the east end of the garden, which is basically where they were before, just 18 feet or so farther east now!
5/4/2010 -- Spent the evening dividing up the hostas I had dug out of the dog yard; ended up with 30 pots, and still have 4 big hostas that I stuck into the vegetable garden temporarily to go. I'll probably have close to 50 plants, along with all the bleeding hearts that I dug up. I'm toying with the idea of seeing if I can sell them for a few bucks each and at least recoup the $$ I've spent on potting soil -- if no one buys them, I'm sure I can find people to give them to! If it works out, maybe I'll expand on that venture next year and dig up some of the other perennials.
We are FINALLY getting the hoophouses set up. John put one frame together a couple of days ago (in the garage... I hope he has a plan to get it into the garden without something kinking. He thinks we should fasten 1x4 boards underneath the bottom of the frame for more stability in the garden, so tomorrow we'll go get some of those and hopefully get things set up. I'm anxious to start planting in the protected spaces, particularly since we had frost this morning (30 degrees here) and more of the same for tonight. I really hope this isn't going to be one of those years where the spring seems so nice but then it never warms up for the summertime. Tomorrow I'll put up some photos of the process...
This is a picture of what the finished product should look like
I finally (!) planted some marigold and zinnia seeds, 2 flats of marigolds, 2 flats of zinnias. I am really way behind on doing that, but I'm always so late in getting my own stuff put out maybe it will turn out for the best. Have almost all of the tomatoes potted up now (it looks like there will be about 120, hope that's enough to satisfy everyone that has become accustomed to getting them from me...), next to do is the peppers. The petunias that I started way back when are not doing very much, have never had this problem before. Last year they were practically jumping out of the dirt they grew so fast, so ? what''s going on this year. Disapointing, but with gardening "it's always something" !
Well, the marigolds and zinnias that I just started a couple of days ago are already poking up out of the dirt, so at least I should have those! Planted potatoes this afternoon when I ran out of work -- only 19, haven't had very good luck with them when I've tried before but am giving it another shot. Got the variety "Red Gold" from Pinetree, look like Yukon Gold but red outside, so should be quite attractive. If they do happen to do well I'll have to make a little more room for them next year and grow more, potatoes are certainly something that would never go to waste around here! Hope to get the beans and some lettuce planted in one of the hoophouses later this afternoon when I get done working.
On Sunday (5/17) I got some things planted in the hoophouses - lettuce, bush beans, bush cucumbers, muskmelons, and planted spinach (Melody and Bloomsdale Longstanding), carrots (Tendersweet and Scarlet Nantes), and beets (Golden and Cylindra) out in the main garden. As John pointed out, I've apparently neglected to leave room for the zucchini... I have a big half-barrel planter that I may try growing it in, or maybe will just squeeze it in somewhere (although that can be hard to do with a plant that gets that big!) I must have been too busy trying to figure out the succession planting thing, especially for the hoophouses! The weather has been beautiful and appears to be going to continue that way, so will likely put my tomatoes and peppers out next weekend, a week earlier than I normally would.
Yesterday we finally planted some shrubs in front of the sunroom -- two rhododendron "PJM" and two "Gold Lace" junipers. They are pretty small so they look a little ridiculous right now, we put them 3 feet away from the house, which will hopefully be enough as they grow! I'll put a few flowers in between them to fill things out and then cover the ground with bark mulch. I also finished potting up the peppers (finally), as well as I potted up the celery. Had to resort to using some styrofoam and plastic cups because I ran out of pots -- it seems like there should be more, I must not be seeing them when I look in the storage totes or something. Thinking about having a little party on Memorial Day so everyone can get their plants, if they don't do it before then -- the greenhouse is pretty full!
And now it seems that Cubits will be forced to close down, perhaps this afternoon, because the company that bought Daves Garden in January (Internet Brands) is saying that Dave has violated a noncompete clause. There has been a great deal of emotional discussion, on Cubits and on DG, but in the end big business will no doubt have their way. Many are leaving DG, but I plan to stay on at least for a while, to see how things go. I feel terrible for Dave and Trish and the hard work they've put into Cubits, as well as the many Cubit owners that have put long, long hours into developing their site. But I just read a quote from Clint Eastwood in the Reader's Digest that seems to pretty much sum it all up: "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."