Saturday, March 31, 2007

Busy busy...

It's been a tremendously busy time of the year for me. I've had time enough to water, but that's about it. Today, though, was absolutely perfect weather, and I spent most of it out of doors, cleaning out my winter garden and sowing seeds for the hot and rainy season that is around the corner. Let's see, quickly...
  • In my Parks dome...
    • 10A-C Globe Basil
    • D-F Genoa Basil
    • 9A-C Pineapple Tomatillo
    • 9D-F and 7, 8: Cleome Dwarf Spiders from Parks
    • 5,6: Zinnia 'Ruffles Yellow'
    • 3,4: 'Desert Sun' Zinnias (these performed very well for me last year)
    • 1,2: 'Dasher' Zinnias (love those Parks $1 sales!)
  • In some little pots...
    • Bunny Tail Grass
    • Green Cat Goose Grass
  • From the awesome DeLand 'plante' sale, I got a Dwarf Cavendish banana and some Blackberries... I'm skeptical that the latter will do well, but the owner assured me... Both of these went into my garden today.
  • In the veg garden, I transplanted/planted:
    • Quailgrass
    • Amaranth (both this and the above from ECHO)
    • Genoa Basil
    • Cucino cukes
    • Lemongrass
Some other garden notes...
  • Blueberries: Some are ripe and ready to be picked tomorrow morning...
  • The blueberry cuttings I got this winter: They're covered in leaves and today I gently pulled one from its pot to find... ROOTS! Hurray!
  • Strawberries: Lots of berries out there, but I realize that a small berry patch (mine is 10x15) will yield no more than a couple handfuls a day. To really supply a family of four, you'd need no fewer than 75 plants. That said, the berries are beautiful and tasty, and I've used no pesticides and only a bit of synthetic fertilizers this year. I cannot tell the difference between Sweet Charlies and Chandlers. The Chandlers I got as bare-root, the Charlies as potted plants. They didn't produce much during the winter, but they've surely earned their place in my garden.
  • Figs: First leaves, fruit's already formed.


Anonymous said...

Eating one or two strawberries off my plant made me realize how much you really need to feed a lot of people! While some things don't require as much, it seems the berries and legumes do!

Danielles Garden said...

I agree too. I have 7 plants around the house and usually have one or two each day. It's more fun to see them as little found treasures versus meals.

Anonymous said...

the bunnies are getting our strawberries. we'd have to pick them when white to get them since the bunny eats them at that stage.
love your blog.