Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dandelions Are Here!

This afternoon I harvested my first dandelions of the year.  I dug enough for my dinner tonight, yum! I look forward to this all winter long.

                                 
                     


                       

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Plants, Plants, Everywhere A Plant!

Tesla is my inspiration tonight lol!  What started as a bunch of seeds has once again turned into a monster.  I counted cups last night, just the clear cups and nothing else......80 is the total! I still have 30-40 more to get in the clear cups.  I sprout my seeds before I plant them in cups. I put seeds in a small piece of paper towel, fold and dampen. I then put them into a labeled ziplock bag by our fire.  I check them every day and transfer the sprouts to cups and then cover them with potting soil.  If you keep them misted they come up in a couple of days.  Once they show through the potting mix I move them to the grow lights.  I use my Aerogarden for light, and I have a huge grow light on the rest.  Easy peasy! Get Growin'!





Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Black Friday Sale At Home Depot

I just wanted to do a quick post to remind you all about the Spring Black Friday sale at Home Depot right now.  They have some awesome deals including buy one get one free on all seeds.  Let me know what deals you scored!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Will Winter Ever End?

Here is what the weather looks like in my neck of the woods.  I am ready to get out in my garden, just as soon as spring actually arrives.  Gardening in the Colorado mountains is a gamble every year.




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sweet Potato Slips And Seed Starting

I have watched a few Youtube videos on sweet potato slips and decided to give it a try. I put a sweet potato in a container of water and let it root. The slips grew and I have removed most of them. I have them in a jar of water awaiting large pots of dirt for now. It's still too cold to plant out here in the Colorado mountains.  Our ground is still frozen.

Sweet Potato Slips

I had started three cucamelon seeds mainly to test germination. I put them all in the same pot with a willow twig to climb.  They looked great until now, I don't think they stand a shot of making it until time to plant out. I will just have to start some more later on.

Cucamelon Vines

We are going to try some Swiss chard in our new greenhouse so I planted some Ford Hook Giant indoors. I also planted some Lavender that I hope will be perennial here in zone 4.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

May The Seeds Grow

I finally had time today to start some of my seeds. I started some flowers that take a while to germinate and some greens for the greenhouse. I use a Burpee seed starter, I have used the same one for years. I don't buy the pellets for it, I use a seed starting mix that has worm castings in it. I place the seed starter on top of our satellite receiver for bottom warmth to aid in germination. I use a piece of paper to chart what I planted in each cell. Notice I wrote an F on the tray to let me know which side is the front for my paper chart.

I started habanero, spinach, cutting celery, and two kinds of kale. The flowers I started are delphinium, scabiosa, lupine, morning glory, and bee balm. I also cut a milk jug in half and planted some cat grass for my cats.

Delphinium

Lupine

Scabiosa

Morning Glory

Habanero Pepper










Friday, February 21, 2014

Recycled Greenhouse Treasure

This is our new greenhouse made from 95% recycled or reclaimed materials.  Some of the windows are brand new and were going to be thrown away.  We hope to have it finished by planting time.  Most of the glass came from a solarium that my husband tore down at work.  The owners were going to throw it all away.  It is crazy to me the things that people dispose of, but their wastefulness is our gain!  We have another greenhouse in the back of our house that is 100% recycled or reclaimed materials, but I don't feel like braving the snow to take a picture.  It isn't as pretty as this one is, it is made mostly of old shower doors and really old corrugated fiberglass roofing.  It is ugly but functional, and the price was right. Both greenhouse were built by us with some help from family and friends that only charged iced tea while working.

Greenhouse



Winter in Colorado seems to last forever, these pictures are from today.  I will be starting some seeds indoors this weekend to see how soon they can be transplanted out to the greenhouse. Gardening in the mountains of Colorado is always a gamble.



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