April 26, 2010

Loving Spring!

                                     yellow roses from our backyard
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April 25, 2010

Garden in a bale!

This is a great idea! I like contained gardens and have been reading about straw bale gardens. Then after reading many of the articles I was discouraged because of needed applications of ammonium nitrate and 10-10-10. With this article on Straw Bale Gardening I found that gardeners do have success without chemicals when using bales.

April 22, 2010

Tree A – still growing!



The latest update on a growing paint picture of Tree A with a pop of red.

April 21, 2010

Three Sisters Garden

My first attempt at Three Sister plantings. Already I've made the mistake of planting all of the seed at the same time. Later I learned I should have planted the corn first, let it grow a few inches and then add the beans and squash. Living and learning!

 I have sweet corn, yellow crook neck squash and Kentucky Wonder beans seed planted in these mounds. We have very poor soil so I have added a bag of veggie and garden soil to each mound or hill. I hope to see some good results. Maybe the goddess of all good gardens smile down on my ignorant efforts!

                                Just another view of the Sister hills.

April 20, 2010

Another Man's Trash!

...is our new treasure. My dear one brought home a distressed wooden CD rack. It makes a perfect spring planter. He even bought and planted some new plants. Ivy, moss and wild strawberries fill this lovely little container garden.

April 19, 2010

How my EarthBox grows!

The seedlings continue to grow well in the EarthBox. Here we have planted three types of lettuce, four cucumbers and a few short rows of carrots. This is the result so far from seed planting. In the past we have grown spaghetti squash, okra and sunflowers in the box with success.
So I've basically planted a salad in a box. In the garden I have a few spring onions and radishes. It's fun to watch it all grow.
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April 18, 2010

Purple Leaf Smoke tree

This is a Purple Leaf Smoke tree I purchased for around $4 at a local Fred's store. It came in a cardboard box with the roots in a plastic bag. The picture of the tree on the box was beautiful but I'm sure actual results may vary! The contents of the box was a stick with four tiny green leaves and about 1 cup of dirt. I thought, no way this will ever survive the drive home much less grow.
Well, we did make it home, me and the tree. The young sprig sat in the box another couple of days and then I was able to get it planted in this container on our back deck. Sort of like a tree nursery!

                        I think this little guy will need some extra TLC.
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April 17, 2010

Changing of the Pots!

Two of my old terracotta pots.
I purchased new bases and filled them with good garden soil. Later I added a ring of river rocks around the base of each flower pot.

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April 16, 2010

It's Blooming Azalea Time!

             The first of our bright and colorful Azaleas to bloom.

                                       A beauty in pink!
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April 15, 2010

Places and Things!

                                       photo by Joy Peterson

                    Kershaw County Farmer's Market - Camden, SC
                                             April 10, 2010

Last Saturday I visited our local Farmer's Market on opening day. The selections were great and I'm looking forward to a trip to the market each week. We bought cantaloupe, onions, squash, cucumbers and a loaf of wheat sourdough crusty bread. The cantaloupe was sweet and tasty. The onions were sharp and crisp as they should be and I've yet to cook or serve the other goodies. We will be cooking the squash and a few onions together soon. Everyone in the house loved the crusty bread!

This photo is from a two minute video of the market I took from across the road. I wanted to capture a first impression of the market but was so excited to see what they had to offer that I forgot to. This was taken just as we were leaving. I took stills from the video and created this one as a black and white with a light soft focus.
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April 5, 2010

Gutter Garden?? This maybe a new trash to treasure idea.

Read about Gutter Gardens.

What a great idea! I've been researching and wanting to plan some small garden areas. I'm interested in five sister planting and container gardening. A few days ago I added a radish garden to my back yard. Gutters would be really cool for radish plants.

Below is a photo of our Earth Box last year. I will post a new photo of the lettuce, carrots and cucumbers that I have planted soon.

From JJ's Big Green Blog