Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Freebie Hanging Basket Filler

This odd little ivy sprouts all over my garden beds.  I believe it can be a perennial since I think a few plants came back in the same spot in the garden. I have to dig it out of the vegetable garden because, as you can see, it grows all over the place and I can't have it growing and twisting all over my vegetable plants.  It really is an interesting plant and I don't want to kill it.  I got the idea last year to put some in a hanging basket and see what happens.  It happened very nicely so Read more [...]

What Is This Plant?

I don't know what this plant is.  It's leaves are the spittin-image of giant ragweed, but this one is sprouting from a cut down, 6" diameter tree stump.  Several of these shoots are growing out of the ground right next to the stump, as you can see.  I know giant ragweed has been described as a lot of biomass, but I think this is an actual tree, not just a weed.  These things grow all over the place - all very large, but I can't say that I have actually seen a 'tree' of this leaf.  I will make Read more [...]

Too Much Rain – Peppers Water-Logged

We have had a very unusual week of rain and my peppers don't look too happy. The new leaves, grown since the rain which left the soil in the beds drenched, are curled and deformed looking. All of the peppers in the raised beds have these curled, defective leaves.  The few peppers in pots that didn't get rained on look normal. Doing research, the most likely cause of these leaf issues are either too much water and/or temperatures too cool, which it is with all this rain.  Peppers like it hot Read more [...]

2 Types of Pine Tree Seedlings

I dig up pine tree seedlings that sprout in unfortunate places where they won't survive long.  I have seen 2 basic types of seedlings.  I don't know how to tell what variety of pines these seedlings are.  I have a few of the type in the round pot.  It grows slower and has shorter needles.  The tree in the square pot is the predominant type of tree seedling that I find.  It has longer needles and grows much faster. They both seem happy once they adjusted to their new surroundings.  I may Read more [...]

Planted 2 Of My Third Year Figs Into The Ground

This is one of the 2 - 3rd year figs that I planted in the ground.  It is a big step for the little fig babies.  They can no longer stay in a warmish store room during the winter.  Hopefully it will grow a strong root base to allow it to survive the winter.  It might possibly freeze to the ground this winter, hopefully not.  It is planted in red clay, under a couple of 60' pines, at the woods edge.  The other fig is planted about 15' further back, to the left and a bit further into the woods Read more [...]

Lavender Seedlings

I love to start plants from both seeds and cuttings.  While I have a large lavender plant to take cuttings from when I try to root them, I also have started many lavender seeds.  (Most of them died because at the time I couldn't keep the seedlings moist).  This nifty, roomy 6 place tray is from the recycle shelf at a big box store - I have gotten quite a few nice trays and pots from the recycle center - recycled them right into my green house!!.  Note that this potting container is sitting in Read more [...]

Yellowing Squash Leaves – Chlorosis?

I have about 2 summer squash plants in one bed that have leaves that are yellowing and decaying.  This is one summer squash, planted among other squash.  Only this one plant has this issue.  The older leaves turned yellow between the veins, then dried to whitish.  The edges curl up and the leaf finally dries up.  The new inner leaves are fine for a while.  I decided to cut these bad leaves off, leaving the hollow stems, just in case it is a virus.  You can see the plant to the right, it is Read more [...]

Overview Time

Time for another overview of my garden: This shot shows all 6 long beds - 3 are straight in front.  To the left is my new garden shed.  The area around the shed in in the process of being developed.  I plan to plant about 4 more blueberry plants and many wild black berry bushes in the area this side of the white shed. This front bed has hot peppers on the left side of the raised cattle panel and summer squash on the right side.  Directly under the panel, winter squash is growing.  This bed Read more [...]

Seedling Trays Make It So Easy

I found propagation/seedling trays with - most important - no-hole bottom trays.  Without my greenhouse, this spring I lost so many seedlings - overall at least half of what I started - because I simply couldn't keep the plugs wet.  You can most easily see a tray under the deep-root seedling tray on the right.  These trays allow me to water from the bottom - I only need to make sure there is water in the bottom tray and then the seedlings won't dry out during the hot day. After over-paying by Read more [...]