Sunday, February 17, 2008

Planting time...

Today..according to my almanac was "seed planting time" for above ground crops/seed beds.
So...I spent most of the day outside with oldest daughter and hubby..and we got quite alot accomplished.
I planted some viola and pansy plants at the front of one of the raised boxes in the herb garden area by the back door.(there are 4 squares there to plant in)
And I planted seed for lemon basil,oregano,dill, spearmint and peppermint.
We also cleaned up the strawberry bed..a large 8 ft. x 4 ft bed exclusively for strawberries...and added 8 more large/lush strawberry plants to that bed...and also cleaned out the 2nd large raised bed which is the same size..8 ft. by 4 ft.
Then in the new 3 1/2 ft. x 31/2 ft beds that we just built and filled with soil yesterday...... I planted some broccoli,brussel sprouts and cauliflower plants..all together..I know it will fill in quite full on that bed..but I sowed seed for some broccoli and also planted a few started plants in that by the time one crop is completed..a fresh crop will be halfway to maturity..sort of staggering it a little.
Then our 2nd ...3 1/2 ft. x 31/2 ft bed is totally devoted to a mix of spinach and mesclun and other lettuces.
.....then....I worked on cleaning out a large about 6 ft.x 4 ft bed in our courtyard area...weeded it..and then added cow compost and soil..then sowed seed for sugar snap peas and a packet of mixed tomato seeds in that area.
Then mist watered everything. Crossing my fingers that everything will start sprouting and growing soon.I planted everything by the moon phase/almanac chart today after all this work today I really hope everything grows really well.
Hubby re-tilled the large area behind the cottage garden area we already have..we are extending the cottage garden area by about another 8-9 ft . x about 12-15 ft.
We'll be adding cow compost and soil to that area soon and a small part of it will be planted with veggies but the rest will be devoted to flowers.
Hubby also tilled an area between the 2 large raised beds(one is the strawberry bed I told you about..the other will be for other vegetables) and the cottage garden ..and that area will be a mulched or stone path..we haven't decided exactly which option yet.
And ....hubby also started tilling up an area about 10 ft. long by about 4 ft. wide up against the fence...this area will be devoted to cucumbers and melons.
We are all good and tired now..and when I came in..hubby was working on trying to finish up the chicken coop for our little gals.
"Henny Penny" and "Chicken Little"
And all day long today..the sun didn't hardly shine at was so very windy and overcast all day.
I didn't see very many birds flying around today..I joked with my daughter that if there had been any flying around they'd most likely have been doing aerial acrobats and tumbles it was so windy..ha.
Now..I cannot wait until everything starts to grow. It will be so nice to have fresh home grown veggies and also to not have to pay so much at the grocery store.
We also have a friend that lives way out in the country and has several blueberry trees to tell us that ...come blueberry season we can go pick as much blueberries as we want from the bushes..because he didn't get around to it last year during last years' blueberry season and so many went to waste..that come this year we can come by and pick as many as we want.
Wooohoo! We love blueberries here.
My littlest one refers to them as "blueblairies"..ha.
Now that is something I would like to have several plants of our own... is things like blueberries and raspberries.
O.k. ..some of you asked what do you do with fake cupcakes?? Well..I made them to be used as display in Victorian/Shabby Chic/ and Cottage decors.
They can be set in amongst displays of tea cups and displayed on cake stands and tucked in amongst doll displays and so forth. For a touch of fun and whimsy.
I am making them to add to my etsy shop.
Well...that's all for now.
Thanks for joining me in "blog land" today.
~The Garden Goose~


Renie Burghardt said...

Wow, Tina, you've been busy! Hope you take pictures of your gardens when things are growing!

Have a great evening.


Quinne said...

Hi Tina :) What a lovely day you have had! I so enjoy your gardening journal entries - they are a joy to read, as we try to patiently wait for our spring. I'll be looking forward to hearing how things are going (& growing).

I'm excited for you about the blueberries! That is quite an invitation and gift :)

Hope that your week is a wonderful one... Love, Q

Linda said...

I love to hear about gardening since I live in a concrete jungle (though you seem to have more than a mere garden there).
I also wanted you to know that I tagged you.
P.S. Just how small are those cupcakes anyway?

deezie said...

I can't believe how much you got done in one day, but I am wondering where you live that you can start your planting now? we are in Ct and there is not way we could start planting for a few months, I am just waiting now on some seeds that are coming so I can start them inside soon:)
Sounds like a happy planting day, good for you

BClark said...

Hey Tina, What a lot of work you all got done, great! I also hope everything grows well for you. Being able to have fresh, healthy vegs will be a good thing. The best part is that you will know how they were grown and not have to worry about chemicals all over your food. I probably have a month or so before I can do any of that. Best to you Barbara

Tara said...

you have been busy getting ready for planting--hope to see how your garden progresses this spring!

madrekarin said...

I cannot wait to get outside and start digging in the dirt. My goal is to have a nice, big veg garden this year. We just need the weather to cooperate and give us enough rain!
BTW- You've been tagged! Check out my blog to see ehat to do. :)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Tina,
I have lettuce already coming up. :) Ah it is great living in the south.
Thanks for visiting me. I am finally finished with my dejunking. You wouldn't believe how much stuff I had in this house.

Beemoosie said...

Oh, what a nice long growing season you have!!! Not even close here!! Can't wait to see the "fruits" of your labors!

Linda said...

Wow you did achive a lot in one day, no wonder you are all tired.
Cheers Linda

Aunt Jenny said...

How fun...I can hardly wait to plant!!! It will for sure be awhile..since the whole yard is still covered by inches of snow..6 inches at least in most of it...sigh.
I will have to live my gardening through YOu for awhile I guess..haha

2 LMZ FARMS said...

You just going on with your busy little self. Just wanted to drop in and check in on you and what do I find? You are busy as a Hope you and yours have a blessed day.

Jeanie said...

In the land of snow, one becomes most envious of those who can plant in February! Sounds like you had a great day! You'll give me my garden fix till May!