Saturday, May 14, 2011

This is more like spring!!

I like this time of the year. Well, other than the bad weather. Nebraska hasn't had any bad weather in my area. The temperature has been a little extreme. One day it's freezing, the next it's in the 90s, and then back to the 40s. I've never seen it quite that extreme before. But, hey, that's climate change for you. I'm just glad the snow is gone and the flowers are blooming.

Here's a picture of the total garden as it looks today. I still have to get the tomatoes and the green peppers mulched in. Of course that's right after I get the watering tubes down to the roots of the plants. Everything is right on the edge of being turned up for the summer.

You can see the radishes are growing quite well but the lettuce is struggling a little. It's my first attempt to grow lettuce ever. I just opened the package and flung the seeds out on the dirt and tried to cover them up a little. I'm quite sure that's not the proper way to plant lettuce. I will have to try again in the fall. You really can't see the onions planted on the bottom of the picture but those pesky helicopter seeds are really invading everything right now. I haven't decided yet what will go in this bed when the lettuce and radishes are done, but I'm thinking some late tomato plants. I read that a stem from a producing plant can be cut, rooted, and planted just like a transplant. I think I'll give it a try and see what happens.

Next is my poor man's living patio trellis beautification. Phase one is completed and the hanging baskets are Impatiens. Last year I tried pole beans but there just wasn't enough sunlight to grow them well and the turned out pretty pathetic. Hopefully, this year will be better with shade plants. The sides will be begonias in containers. I may try the vertical wall planters in the future. They are a fascinating concept for growing.

You can't really see them yet but there are eight green pepper plants in this bed. You can see the watering system for the plants. It will take another couple days to get the system up and running like I want. I really need to do some cleanup after things are functioning.

The potatoes are finally planted and will be mulched up as high as the bed will with stand. I've read that as the potatoes grow if mulch is added the potatoes with keep forming right in the mulch. I use straw for mulch. It seems to work the best for me. I just get it from the local seed and feed store.

At this late date, the cucumber seeds will just be planted directly into the garden. Mom never grew any thing to transplant outside. She even plant the tomato seeds directly into the garden. They seemed to do quite well for her.

I hope all is well with everyone's garden.


  1. Lettuce is kinda hard to do--the seeds are so small. I've had a lot better luck starting them in 6 packs and transplanting them out. Of course, I still "fling" some seed too!

  2. I think that flinging the seeds will work just fine....then just thin them when they get bigger. This winter is the first time that I started any inside.

    You have plenty of time to plant those cucumbers. I put the seeds in next to the peas right before the peas are finished. They grow pretty quick.

    Keep up the good gardening work and have a nice weekend :)

  3. I'm interested in seeing your watering system. I'm guessing the PVC in the cinderblocks is part of the system?
    Your patio looks nice. I hope the flowers do better for you. Impatiens are great for shade. Caladiums do well in shade too. They're more for the foliage.