2/25/2009

Days of beginning the Greenhouse and thoughts....

OH My!~!~!~!~!~!~~!

The days just fly past, and where have they gone?

Finally received all of my seeds, from my seed suppliers. Went to the "peat" place yesterday..nice stuff. There is a place in the mountains, that use to be a lake and now has dried up, it has wonderful peat.....I am going to use that for the basis of my seed starting mix. Plus, pearlite....

My Dh has installed the "furnace" and it is working VERY well.... Will start next week, hope it's not too late, but, cannot be helped this year. Everyone says, that even if ones plants are small, here when set out in April or early May, once the heat hits(in the 100's), they will catch up to the rest. We also, sectioned off 2/3 of the greenhouse, so there are nice doors to walk through and walls, instead of plastic....looks better. Now to get to all of the junk beyond the doors..argh....

Becasue I am selling to the public this year and people have requested certain types of veggies... I think I must have 60 or so kinds of heirloom and non heirloom tomatoes, also the same amount for peppers. I am going to make my Tom/Pepper patch twice as big. We have always had the water in drip under the plastic mulch, but, am going to experiment this year with different things. They seem to do soooo well, for me,so, I am cutting down on everything else. I get $2.25 per pound at the market for them. (of course, with the economy the way it is, we will see.) But, at least with veggies, one can always eat them.....!

I am going to plant Marigolds in the rows and all around the Garden again this year, did that last year, and what a difference in the bugs, not many...I spray organic and fertilize with the same.

If your using the same pots this year to plant in, be sure to wash or at least soak them, in a solution of bleach and water(2 T to 1 gal. water)...this kills anything that may be lurking to destroy your seeds or seelings.

If anyone, has a better solution than this...feel free to email me at my email....

fiveacrefarmgirl@yahoo.com

Happy Gardening....

Terri

2/16/2009

Friendship Seeds!!!!


Summer, its on its way, on the bottom(last year)..... the picture on the top, is in fall(as well as the bottom of this post)..but, just wanted you to see the "hedge" of Marigolds even in fall.....

This has been fun, I have received several SASE's for the seeds, am sending them out....



I hope all enjoy them, you will have enough for the rest of your gardening days, as you save from year to year.



Marigolds are not fussy about the soil they are in, they likie water though...from my experience, they really dont need much fertilizer, if any, and my tall ones get up to 38 inches tall, with some blossoms as big as 4 inches across.......



they make wonderful "living" fences...I use them for a border around my garden to keep "pets and Grandsweeties", from thinking the garden is to play in.



They are al WONDERFUL bu repellent, planted IN my potatoe patch, they repel all kinds of nasty bugs that love my potatoes. The Colorado Potatoe Beetle seems to be th sorst here, and last year werenot too bad, dont really know if it is because of the Marigolds planted n and amongst the plants or just because it was a small year for them, but, at any rate, there were few. So, I will plant the Marigolds in the potatoes and everywhere else again this year.



I pick the largest and prettiest heads inthe summer after they are just about bone dry(I leave them whole and break apart AFTER they are dry)....put them in small paper lunch sacks and put them in my greenhouse(its hot in there and htey dry wel...), if not, put them up on top of your refrigerator, in PAPER, never plastic, they will rot, or laying on something paper....this absorbs the moisture and allows the air to dry it.



Label them as to color(at the time you pick them, if your anything like me, by the time I remember to label, I have forgotten(grin)and height....that is why I use small paper lunch sacks....



I store mine in 5 gallon buckets, with lids, the mice in the winter love to eat them, when stored in my Greenhouse.



Next spring, as soon as you have the last frost, I use a hoe to run a small furrow along the sides and front and back of my garden, and sprinkle a few seeds in(before this, break apart the heads), cover, water and wait for about 10 to 12 days, you will see small, almost "Palm Tree" looking sticks with jagged looking leaves on them, sit back and enjoy them................



they really are easy and fun, PLEASE share with all of those around, make them your "Friendship" seeds......

2/07/2009

Greenhouse soil?

Does anyone have any ideas of what to put in my Greenhouse soil,
I start it next week...Help!


My seeds come from; Baker Creek Seed, FEDCO, Totally Tomatoes, and others, but, cannot remember them right now...


Leave a comment about seed starting soil suggestions..thanks...


Terri

2/04/2009

My farm.

Well, my first post should be really exciting, it's the middle of winter and there really is nothing going on...the neighbors gave us their chickens and their Rooster is named "Magoo"..it fits, he's kind of like Mr Maglooo.....
the rest are for our stew pot....
Am going to get some pics on here for my title and the rest...let me know what ideas you have for me..........