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  • THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT, THE STARFISH STORY

    Posted on March 30th, 2013 Pam No comments

    One day walking along the shore, a teacher and a student came upon a beach littered with thousands of storm-tossed starfish, writhing and dying in the hot sun.  Without a word, the teacher scooped up a starfish and gently deposited it in the waves.

    Overwhelmed by the sheer multitude of the suffering creatures, the student just stood and watched as the teacher picked up another starfish, and jet another, releasing them in the healing safety of the cool green water.

    At last, the student spoke.  “Teacher, what is the use in even trying? There are too many.  How can you make any difference?”

    The teacher lifted another starfish from the burning sand and carried it into the surf to set it free,  Then turned to the student. “I’ll bet it made a difference to that one!”

    –Author unknown

  • Week 8, 50 weeks of gardening

    Posted on March 28th, 2013 Pam 2 comments

    Onion sets can be planted now, if the ground is dry enough to be worked.  If large onions are wanted, plant them about 5-7 inches apart.  If small ‘green’ onions are wanted, plant them 2” inches apart.  I usually plant them in a row that is about 12” wide.  I plant about 3-4 across the row. This allows me to have some large onions and pick some for green onions too.  But, a note of caution, it is best to thin out the onions by harvesting the smallest ones and leave the larger ones.  This way they can keep growing so they will be bigger when harvesting in the fall.

    A quick note about garlic.  If your garlic has been mulched, it is best to uncover the mulch gradually.  They will need time to adjust to the colder temperatures and harden in.

    Roses that have been mulched should also be uncovered now.

    Raspberries and Currents can be transplanted now. Raspberries and Currents are dormant now, so this time is the best time to transplant.  They adjust to the transition more smoothly if moved early in the year.  Determine the length and width of the row, taking into consideration that the plants will usually spread.  I just transplanted some today and I planted them about 3′ apart and plan for them to spread 3′ wide.  I planted some ever-bearing raspberries.  They will continue to continue to produce if they are picked regularly.  These raspberries will start bearing the end of July and continue until it snows.  I can’t wait to see how they produce.

    Now is also a good time to transplant trees. Some greenhouses have bare root trees on sale now for a discounted price.  It is best to buy an older tree, one that is 5-7 feet tall rather than plant a young 2-3 foot tree.  An older tree is more expensive, but it will bare fruit sooner.  Sometimes up to three years sooner.

    A quick note about soil. When the ground is wet, it can be compacted and become very hard. Then it becomes too hard to plant or dig in.  ‘NEVER’ walk on soil when it is wet, unless that area is going to be a pathway.  It may be a good idea to determine pathways and always use those areas to walk on.  Stand on the paths and reach across to access the plants when weeding or planting.

    Sometimes accomplishing everything on the week specified is not convenient.  Remember, these are just MY SUGGESTIONS, adjust if necessary, plant earlier or later, according to different areas of the country and of course, YOUR SCHEDULE.

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready
    Apr. 19th Week 16 Plant salad greens, radishes, cress, peas
    Apr. 26th Week 17 Plant melons  & cucumber seeds for transplanting later
    May 3rd Week 18 FERTILIZE when planting melons, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin seeds in garden

  • THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT, RALPH WALDO EMERSON

    Posted on March 23rd, 2013 Pam No comments

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I love spring anywhere, but if I could chose, I would always greet it in a garden.
    –Ruth Stout

    If a man does his best, what else is there?
    –General George S. Patton  1885-1945

    You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
    –Ayn Rand  1905-1982



  • GARDEN WEEK 12, PLANT FLOWER AND HERB SEEDS

    Posted on March 22nd, 2013 Pam No comments

    Typically, flower and herb seeds are very slow germinating and growing. So it is a good idea to plant as early as possible.  Especially when planting in the house with a grow-light, in a cold frame or greenhouse. It is best to plant seeds as early in the season as possible, but keep in mind frost dates and if the plant likes cold or hot weather.

    Most flowers and herbs cannot be transplanted in the garden until the ground is warm.  In my area this isn’t until the end of May.  But, if planted now, with some protection, they will be ready for trans-planting the end of May, instead of just planting seeds.
    The earlier the flowers can be planted, the sooner their blossoms can be enjoyed. The earlier the herbs can be planted the sooner they can begin to be harvested. But keep in mind that some flowers and herbs do not like to be transplanted, so read the labels carefully and plant accordingly.

    The biggest advantage of planting your own seed is the variety of choices you have.  When purchasing transplants from retail stores, selection may be limited.   But, when planting from seed different plants can be tried.  For example purple cauliflower, purple artichokes, white cucumbers…the list is endless.  Planting and experimenting with different plants is always fun for me.

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts, plant trees
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready
    Apr. 19th Week 16 Plant salad greens, radishes, cress, peas
    Apr. 26th Week 17 Plant melons  & cucumber seeds for transplanting later

  • THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT, ALBERT EINSTEIN

    Posted on March 21st, 2013 Pam No comments

    A person that never made a mistake is someone that never tried anything new.

    –Albert Einstein

    Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can counted.

    –Albert Einstein

    Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.

    –Chessmaster, Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakowen

  • GARDENING WEEK 11, PLANT BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER AND CABBAGE

    Posted on March 15th, 2013 Pam No comments
    Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage can be planted now.  Especially if they are planted in a cold frame or greenhouse.   If they are planted now, they can be trans-planted earlier in the spring.  These members from the ‘brassica’ family love cool weather, so the earlier they are planted, the better.  If they are planted now, they should be large enough to trans-plant the end of April.

    I plant the seeds in flats filled with potting soil.  I use flat inserts that have 32 individual 2” containers.  It is best to plant 2-3 seeds per container, when doing this, a better crop is guaranteed. When the plants are about 2” tall, I choose the strongest and healthiest plant in each 2” container and PINCH out the extra plants.  If I pull out the extra plants, the roots of the strongest plant are disturbed.

    I have tried these types of ‘brassicas’ and I recommend the list below.
    Broccoli:  Packman
    Cabbage:  Copenhagen Market (green), Golden Acre, (early green),  Red Express, (red).
    Cauliflower:  Jade, Early Snowball.  (the Jade cauliflower is green and very, very good.
    Also, it is not too early to plant Kale, Swiss Chard or Spinach.

    If you fall behind this schedule, it is not too late to catch up!!

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready
    Apr. 19th Week 16 Plant salad greens, radishes, cress, peas

  • THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT, C.S. LEWIS

    Posted on March 14th, 2013 Pam No comments

    I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and only reading it once.

    CS Lewis

    We cannot change the cards we are dealt, only how we play the hand.

    –Randy Pausch

    In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

    –Mark Twain

    There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

    –C.S Lewis