Archive for April, 2010

It’s May! Time To Get Planting!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

May is here at last, with its promise of warmer weather. This weekend I’ll be planting some tender vegetables like lettuce, eggplants and peppers. Squash, zucchini, pumpkins and tomatoes have to wait a bit longer. I’ll cover them with row cover to trap heat during the day and keep them warm at night. I use U-hooks to keep the row cover from blowing away in the wind.

I also have to add another string to the pea poles. My sugar snap peas are two feet tall.

Soup For Peas

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Eventually I’ll make pea soup, but first I have to feed soup to the peas. Soil Soup that is. It is a liquid “fertilizer” made from compost that has active bio-matter in it that will stimulate the root system. My peas aren’t growing as fast as I’d like so this should give them a kick.

Dahlias Darling!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

My dahlias froze out during the cold week last winter so I’m going to plant new ones. Probably some lilies too. And replace the fuchsias in the hanging basket that froze out as well.

I’ll loosen the soil, put in some compost and 5-5-5 fertilizer and put the dahlia tubers about 3 inches down. I’ll top dress them later.

Come to Compost With Special Guest Bobbie Morgan, Natural Landscapes Project

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Just in time for Earth Day, learn the basics of home composting and turn yard and food waste into black gold for your garden. Composting satisfies our need to be environmentally friendly in our own back yards. You will see a helpful video, receive handouts and learn how to get started with backyard composting. We are pleased to offer Bobbie’s presentation with no class fee.

Date: Sunday, April 18, 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm
Class Fee: None
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

Pot-a-Palooza 2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010

This weekend (April 10-11) is a repeat of last year’s Pot-a-Palooza event. All pots are 20% off. More details in the newsletter

Rain And Peas (and Roses)

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

All of this heavy rain has compacted the soil around my peas. It looks like the rain will moderate so I will go out and and loosen the soil around the peas. I’ll use a hoe or rake and break up the soil a bit so the plants can breathe better.

If I have time I will also dig in some alfalfa meal and 5-5-5 fertilizer around my roses.

I want things to warm up a bit before planting other vegetables.