Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter Beginnings

It rained a couple of days ago and then turned cold enough to freeze the water in my wheelbarrow.  When I turned it on its side, I observed the slow dance of leaves, grass and twigs making their way to the side.

My granddaughter and I started a seed germination project.  Since many of my seeds were bought with high hopes, but not yet planted, I have to determine which ones are still viable.  So far, watermelon seeds are doing great and are transplanted to four inch pots.  Okra germinated, but did not thrive when transplanted.  We will try another batch just in case.

Small branches of Red Sage and Artemsia are rooting and will be ready for transplant any time.  I have gallon jugs of water between newly planted Perennial Dianthus to absorb heat during the day and transmit it at night.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

End of Season Plant Rescue

This is the time of year when I rescue “end of season” marked down perennials.

I have rescued ten herbs, ten society garlic plants, 16 perennial dianthus plants, and eight red sage plants, two rock rose plants and three “accent” plants.

Between end of season mark downs and Veteran’s Day sales, I paid an average of $1/plant.

Even though I am planting on the next warm day (I have planted in December and had many plants survive and then thrive), I have moved them all inside since it is going to be frosty tonight.

I have a very (VERY) aromatic dining room, which is really my plant room, tonight.

Since I brushed past the indefatigable lemon balm several times as I brought the plants in, there is a very strong fragrance on my clothes.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, October 29, 2012

Garden Revamp

We are revamping our garden.

We have added bees since last April.

Our peach tree did beautifully, although the squirrels got all the peaches.

We grew onions and basil.

We started two grapevines from canes from a pruning class.

Now, we are reorganizing to allow for a small greenhouse behind the herb spiral, perhaps an herb wall and small patio with seating area on the west fence.

Composting continues for the ninth year.

Other skills relating to the garden which I have acquired include backyard orchard pruning, rose pruning, and grapevine pruning, and canning.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Transplants and Starts

Since I am a beginner, I have the luxury of being very generous with myself.

I am learning as I go.

Some of the steps I take are working.

And some are not.

I have discovered how to rehabilitate transplants who were not growing.

Many of them are thriving now.

Most all of them have survived.

Some are growing aggressively and leading me to figure out the next step.

Yes, I am getting instruction.

From many sources.

But I am also trusting myself.

I am trying things out that are interesting to me.

I am establishing my own rhythm and my own balance in the garden.

I love my plants and I am grateful for this opportunity for us to grow.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage