Two Bees or Not Two Bees?

May 14th, 2011

My peas are growing well, they like the rain and cloudy skies. Unforunately the other plants in my garden would like a little more sun.

My beets and radishes are popping up under the floating row cover. My spinach are sprouting from seed and also growing well.

I’m hearing that the bumblebees are very few this year. I wonder how the bee population is doing this year. Are they very scarce?

May Day

May 6th, 2011

May is here and we had a sunny beautiful day. The peach, plum and apple blossoms are out. The mason bees were busy zooming in and out of their homes. I wonder if everyone else’s mason bees are out and about.

I’m using liquid fertilizer on the peas and they are growing well. The potatoes are poking out their green leaves.

Tomatoes and Peppers

April 29th, 2011

I got my favorite tomato starts already. SunGold is one of my favorites. They are in 4-inch pots and it is still too cold to plant in the garden, so I’ll put them in 1 gallon pots and keep them in my greenhouse for a while so the roots can grow. I’ll do the same for the pepper plants.

Finally, Some Warm Weather!

April 22nd, 2011

What a beautiful warm day we finally had. Time to get planting!

I’m going to put in my vegetable starts. I can get a four-pack or six-pack and plant them and not have to worry about growing seeds. I hate thinning. Also, it is just me, so I don’t need that many plants. Also, I can plant new starts every couple weeks so at harvest time, when you pick the first batch, there are more to follow.

Bees, Berries, ‘Barb

April 15th, 2011

The weatherman said it is 10 degrees below normal, with fewer sunny days and lots of rain. It makes it harder for the bees to get to work on pollenating the blossoming peaches, plum and pear trees.

I need to fertilize my raspberries and put some compost around the base. I thought they froze to death during the early Thanksgiving freeze but they are coming back, so I have to get in there and clean.

My rhubarb is loving all this rain. It is about 14 inches long and ready to be picked. Can’t wait to make my rhubarb sauce!

Winter in Spring

April 8th, 2011

Did we get hail and snow on April 6! And 50 degrees and sunshine on April 8! The peach trees and apricot trees are in full bloom and the mason bees should be out pollenating the blossoms. They need 50-degree temperatures to emerge from their tubes. We’ll see if they can get around to pollenating in time. We won’t know until we see the fruit set later this year.

The pea plants are ok though. They are just growing slowly. I need to get some pea poles in place so they have something to climb on. And I’m giving them liquid fertilizer.

I’d better plant my potatoes now. My soil drains well where I’m going to put the potatoes so I’ll dig a foot-deep trench, put in the potatoes and cover with soil. When they get up to about six inches, I’ll cover the lower 3 inches with more soil.

Two Bees or Not Two Bees

April 2nd, 2011

The Mason bees are starting to come out. I think that’s about two weeks late, but it has been cold and rainy.

Some animal got into my mini-greenhouse and tore holes in the cover and knocked the spinach and lettuce seedlings over. I’m sure I lost most of them them, but I’ll plant what I could salvage and see what happens.

I haven’t pruned my hydrangeas yet. I think we’re past the danger of frost so I’m going to get to that this weekend.

Grow Peas, Grow!

March 25th, 2011

I’ve been watering my peas every other day. I’ve put out Sluggo Plus because something is eating the ends of the leaves. Sluggo Plus seems to work better against beetles and things that aren’t slugs.

The warm weather warmed up the soil. I cover the peas with row cover because the nights are still cold.

I set up my Mason Bee houses because the pear and plum trees are flowering. I stored them in a corner of my deck and now I’m hanging them on the south-facing wall. A few more days of warm sun, and they should wake up and come tumbling out.

Hello? Spring? Are you out there?

March 18th, 2011

We’ve had such heavy downpours this week that it flattened and compacted the garden bed I’d prepared. I’ll have to dig and rake it again. I’m going to incorporate bone meal and 5-5-5 fertilizer into the bed. Then I’ll plant my peas that spent the week on the deck under shelter getting hardened up.

I think I’d better re-seed the spinach. They are not coming up. Maybe too much cold and wet for the first batch.

I’m going to start lettuce for salads in a bowl in the portable greenhouse.

It is almost Spring. Hopefully the rains will back off a little.

Peas Up!

March 11th, 2011

My peas are about 2″ tall in their tray in the kitchen where they sprouted. I’m going to put the tray out on the deck under the covered section and also cover them with row cover for a week so they can harden up, then I’ll plant them in the garden.

I gotta get going on pruning. I’m falling behind. I’m going to feed the roses with alfalfa meal and rose fertilizer. I have some that look like they died, so that’s a good opportunity to replace them with a new rose variety.