Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Garden April

I haven't really planted much outdoors in April.  Weather has been rather cold and we've just had a few days in 50's.  Most of the starter seeds have grown into seedlings awaiting their turn to bask in the sun.  I've also noticed white flies around the leaves of butternut squash on both sides and ofcourse they've also moved onto tomatoes, melons and most other veggies.  After researching online, I sprayed them with a mix of rubbing alcohol and water.  Seems like the white flies number has substantially decreased, but they are still visible on some leaves.  I'll just watch and squirt them every now and then. 

Tiny spinach, mustard greens and peas, dominated by grass(:

Garlic planted last fall

Peas planted during St.Patrick's day. Part of it hasn't germinated.

Chives - regular and garlic

Front yard

Tulips - partially eaten by bunnies

Eggplant seedlings
Cabbage seedlings
Marigolds and dahlias

Tomato seedlings
Butternut Squash seedlings

Sweet 'n early cantelope and Sugar baby watermelon seedlings 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First (Measly) Harvest for 2011

Chives!!  Garlic Chives and regular Chives are perennials in our region and they've come up already!  I was able to harvest some of both and use it on baked potatoes over the weekend.  I had started these chives a year before from seeds and they've been continuing to grow on their own since then.  I'm not really sure what else to use these for other than drying them.  We mostly use them to season potatoes over at our house.  Head on over to Daphne's Harvest Mondays to check out other harvests for the week.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Starting the Transplants..

Last two weeks, temps were in 40-50s and finally the snow has melted, but sun peeks out only every other day!  My seeds have sprouted - most of them anyway, and some seedlings were getting bigger and needed to get into larger containers. 
Butternut Squash - seed saved from grocery store squash!

Brandywine tomato plants

Transplant work in progress!

Work done so far.  There's plenty more to be transplanted in the coming week!

Since it is still cloudy and cold most of the days, haven't really bothered to go out and do much gardening.  Hopefully, will get started in a few days.  My dh has still to work on the other raised bed.  I'm hoping to get the compost and manure once both raised beds are in place.  I did manage to clean out dried twigs and leaves in the front yard garden.  Tulips are starting to come up.  Garlic is doing well.  I can see some spinach sprouts and mustard greens sprouting in the garden.  I will post more pics when you can actually see them in the pics!