Monthly Archives: March 2015

A Buckeye Update – They All Made It!

Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout.  The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots.  I'm very pleased.  The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem. Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first.  (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right) I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway.  It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]

A Final Peek Under The Hoops

Time to take the plastic off. This pic shows kale on the left side.  My notes read 'Vates Kale', but I didn't note the seed vender.  I like this kale.  A few carrots are in the very front right side.  The empty space after the carrots is where spinach was planted.  Under all 3 of my hoops this past winter, I had a real problem with aphids.  They, of course, never freeze out under the hoops - nothing freezes under the hoop.  A bit further back, with the red stems, are Detroit beets.  I don't Read more [...]

My Baby Arbor Day Oaks

I couldn't get these planted yet so I put them in these pots until I can find a place for them.  They are 10 oaks, 2 each of Red, Scarlet, Willow, Pin and Bur oaks.  They look like they are doing OK, the buds look like they are doing fine also. The instructions say do not plant these baby trees in potting soil, so I mixed up a wheel barrow of my own soil which I make from composted hardwood bard, compost, black cow compost, peat moss, perilite and sometimes some vermiculite.  That baby tree Read more [...]

The Bluebonnets That I Seeded Last Fall Are Sprouting

Last fall I collected several dozen Bluebonnet seeds from 2 Bluebonnets that popped up in the yard last summer.  I watched the flowers and kept them out of danger until the seed pods turned brown and were safe to pick.  I planted half of the seeds around the giant Turkey oak that they sprouted by.  The other day I found 2 of the dozen and half or so seeds had sprouted! They're tough little sprouts.  They survived the freeze, rain and whatever else.  Now I need to protect them until they grow Read more [...]