This is good point to let you know that all the rain and snow melt that hits the roof of our house is funneled from the downspouts to the goldfish pond, so the pond gets a fresh water source and when it gets filled it overflows to the orchard to water the trees and feed the trees from the fish waste nutrients. As an organic and a green family it is a easy way of creating some great fruit. One of the great things I did when we bought our house is that each year at Christmas we bought a Balled and Bur lapped Evergreen Tree, brought it in for a week decorated it and planted on Christmas Day. We did this ever year and landscaped our quarter acre and also created a wind break for winter keep our house warmer, made our yard aesthetically appealing and to save energy. The Last couple of years we harvested Red Cedar trees from our yard that have sprouted in our yard because the neighbor has Red Cedar that floats seeds through out the yard and I let some of them grow in areas with no impact to use as our Christmas trees when they got to Christmas Tree size. Very nice trees and the smell is great.
I encourage you to feed your local birds and the migrating birds in the spring as they will eat bugs that are coming out in the spring to feed their young as they nest or stop off to their ultimate nesting area. This will help in keeping insect populations to a more manageable level without using pesticides.
We planted a couple of types of Milkweed to help the Monarchs and since the first year each year we get Monarchs stopping off . Please plant Milkweed , you will be richly rewarded.
Reading Seed Catalogues as it is weather in January is normal. I will order seeds early so I can get what I want in case they run out. I also have all the seeds I saved from last fall. I am saving Paper Towel and T. P. tubes to use for my seed starts in Feb.. In late Feb.. I can put them out in the Green House. I cut them in one and half segments put seed starting soil in them and put 2 seeds in each tube. The tubes fade away in the soil over time.
It was sunny for the first time in 10 days and it got up to 50 degrees and 60 in the green house . I planted lettuce, cauliflower and asparagus seeds as pots in the greenhouse had warmed up enough to plant. The weather has been a normal winter with no real deep dive in temperatures yet. Ordered my seeds and as usual I will try something new, a deep purple tomato, Purple Boy. I made a Raised Bed out of a Dead Tree that I took down . Ten inch width tree, 5 foot segments nailed together in a square with wood pieces saved after putting windows in the garage.
My seeds came and got all I ordered. The weather is great for March 1st, up in the 50's and better than average week coming up. I planted some more seeds in the green house, no sign of seedlings yet from the other seeds but it getting more consistent warmer temps. I raked and cleaned up the front yard and half of the backyard, great day.
The spinach, onions, and variety of lettuces are up in the greenhouse. A Pansy that was brought in the greenhouse last fall with a tomato plant has survived, so that tells you how mild a winter we had where a Pansy in an unheated greenhouse was enough to keep it alive and well so it could keep on growing this spring. I got my yearly Pansy's (24) that I plant out to get some spring to the yard and get the neighbors some to look forward to, in staying home. Gardening is a activity that you can do without leaving home, everything can be delivered whether gardening in the ground or in pots. It is too wet in the garden yet to rototill it. The raised beds will be ready to plant as soon as we get a run of sunny day s..
It was 76 degrees today and it was dry enough to Rototill the garden. Planted some Tomatoes, Peas, Lettuce and Spinach in the Greenhouse. The spinach onions and lettuce planted this Spring is 2 inches tall in the Greenhouse. I bought some Tomato plants also online and had them delivered and put them in the greenhouse. These will stay in the greenhouse to produce tomatoes early. Can't wait for the fruit trees to blossom. The Daffodils, Tulips and Grape Hyacinths are up in the Butterfly Garden and by the house.The Cactus (local to great lakes) is turning up to the sun. Put the Goldfish out back into the pond.
Planted more Tomato seeds saved from last year . The lettuce, onions and spinach in the greenhouse are 2 inches tall. Nothing up in the garden yet. The apricot trees are first to bloosum.The Daffodils are blooming. Raspberry, gooseberry and golgi berries plants have come alive. The fig tree in the house has 5 figs on it. It is still very cool spring. the globe flowers have broken ground by the house. I rototilled the rest of the garden. We have a Robin's nest in the yard again, every year since we have been here. The goldfish in the pond doing good.
It was a warm weekend but it goes back into the low fifties next week. I planted the tomato plants in the containers on the south side with the micro climate that gives us tomatoes early. These are the tomatoes my wife snacks on when she gets home from work. The peach trees are in bloom. Some sign of life in the garden but with 3 plus inches of rain last week it is not good to flood the garden as water sat in the garden for a day. The Magnolia is in full bloom. The daffodils are in full bloom. The tomato seeds I planted are coming up but slow with little sun and warmth in last 2 weeks. The rock garden has come alive. The butterfly garden in the front has come alive, too early for milkweed yet. We do have Rhubarb coming up. Pulled the lettuces out of the greenhouse so we get slow even growth with no bolting. Planted cauliflower and cabbage starts I got from the local nursery. These are plants better grown by a nursery because I only need 6 of each veggie.
We had a hard freeze this week and I had to bring in all the tomato plants into the house because it got down to 26 and the greenhouse had not seen sun in 2 days so it would go down to 29 at night in the greenhouse. The cold weather veggies would be fine but the tomato plants had to come in the house. We put them back out the next day. I also put fans pointed toward the 2 peach trees that had huge number of blossoms to keep the air moving so the blossoms won't freeze. It is getting warmer this coming week.
Warmer week I Planted out all the snow pea plants, I planted the green beans, corn, carrots, cucumbers, 11 tomato plants in the garden to start I planted all the snow peas in the raised beds. I planted tomatoes green beans and corn in the raised beds. I also planted corn in cardboard boxes in the green house to see if I can produce corn away from the raccoons who eat the corn before it is ready. The tomato plants from seed are doing well, looks like about 300 seedlings..The Magnolia, Red Bud and the Weeping Crabapple all in bloom in the front yard. Milkweed starting to pop up in the front yard butterfly garden., All the fruit trees have blossomed except the apple trees. It rained 4 inches and flooded the garden so it could be really bad or it just might get all the seeds a good start , we will know in a week or so.
It was 88 today so things are growing well and hopefully the garden dried out enough so the seeds grow and not rot. The tomato seedlings are doing great and the ones in the garden and raised beds survived the flood and are growing. One of the apple trees is in bloom. The Fig Tree we had in the house we took out and the five figs it had on it are now growing bigger. The butterfly garden in the front yard is doing well and milkweed sprouting out. We should have lettuce by next weekend. The onions have been struggling with all this rain. We are still waiting for the seeds from the first flood to grow out. Wettest May on Record this year and last two May's records too. We lost a peach tree to old age 17 years old.
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