February 24

2015

Gardening in middle Tennessee

Record-keeping has been spotty this year as we have been moving. Hope to catch up on that this weekend. I am happy to see that some of my tomato seeds from 2006 and 2007 have germinated, even if rates are low as expected. If I can get tomatoes off of one or two plants, then I can have fresh seed. I am also pleased that peppers are doing well.

I put seedlings under lights this last few days. They have turned from pale yellow to green. Today will be their first full day in light. Hopefully they are a dark greens you in a day or two.

September 25

2012


2012


Gardening in Middle Tennessee.

Changing water every day for the basil cuttings. Rosemary outside for morning sun. Time to start October journal. I hope I can get six or seven years [out of each book], I've planned for seven. We'll see how it goes.

August 14

2005

2006


2005


Gardening in the High Desert
[Sunday] I won't be building a garden room any time soon, but I wonder how my garden bench would fare outside all winter.
WINTER THOUGHTS
  • Bulbs for forcing
  • Don't forget that you got a bunch of Christmas stuff last year
  • Bus some music or nature sound CDs

2006


Gardening in the High Desert
  • Some of the hybrid popular [trees] are 3 feet tall. so hard to start holding back on water, but if I want to see them next year, I better! [2013-08-11 I presume this is so they will harden off for the winter]
  • Mulched the ones along the south fence, but still need to mulch the ones against the west (2006-09-03) [Presume that the date in parenthesis refers to when I mulched the ones against the west fence]
  • Need to keep pinching flower buds back on the basil.  They looked so naked after I harvested my little bit, but I hear they will grow back with a vengeance.
  • [Check marked] Buy bleach, rubber gloves
  • MDH flattened out and graded where the chicken house will be, and also the area he wants to put rock in to store his cars
  • I so don't want to work today.  Just want to sit in the mellow sun
  • Mulch tress n. of metal building 9/6/2006
  • Make concrete Garlic signs 9/2/2006 Made a wood one [not concrete]

August 13

2006

2007


2006


Gardening in the High Desert
Bloom/Harvest
  • Something is eating my lovely pepper
  • Basil blooming nicely
  • Tom blooming, bust still no fruit
  • Harvested one small Ziploc [bag] of regular sweet basil and one of the giant, curly leafed one
  • Beans blooming, but only one very slender one out yet

2007


Gardening in the High Desert
Bloom/Harvest
  • Veg Bed #1
    • Green toms - only 2, I think
    • MG [Morning Glory] has 2nd real leaf
    • Other 2 vining things reaching for the sun - about 2" tall
  • Veg Bed #2
    • Alaskan Fancy - 10+ green tomes, some have turned that pre-ripening light white green
    • Tom that I thought was a yellow pear has decidedly round fruit forming
    • Stunted sun flower blooming under Marigold and Cosmos
    • Buds ready to open on Marigold
    • Many tiny wax beans
    • 2 Cukes growing strong
  • Veg Bed #3
    • Black eye peas - more nearing harvest; only a few blooms now
    • 2 two little yellow squash and 1 zuke ripening
    • 2 sunflowers blooming - took pictures - they are about 3 ft tall with 4 inch blooms - need to find out how long it took from seeding to flower. [later, undated note] 2 months from seed to bloom
    • 10+ green toms of various kinds
    • Lemon basil ready to shear back again
    • Regular basil ready for another harvest
    • Flower basils are pretty much done [2013-08-11] I usually plant some basils in strategic places around the garden and let them bloom - they attract enormous amounts of pollinators - and in the desert, we need to bring in as many as we can find
Journal
  • watered orchard & veg beds
  • Took lots of photos - some at night
  • Apple Tree Thoughts for Fall Planting
    • Grand Gala (pol. grand gala, granny smith)
    • Sept Wonder Fuji (pol. grand gala, granny smith)
    • Red Fuji (pol gran gala, granny smith)
  • That's about $70 for 3 trees
  • Sunflower saving strategy - cover ripening heads with paper bags sprayed with deer-off

June 02

Gardening in Middle Tennessee

2013

  • Strawberries, peaches, lettuce, small garlic, and jams from yesterday's farmer's market.
  • Adding things to my Evernote Farm Files
  • Not sure when the local farmer planted corn, but it is over a foot high now
  • First of my Costoluto Genoveses are ripening. Small toms - probably a reaction to the plant almost dying. [2013-06-08 Turned out they were cherry tomatoes that had inter-twined with the Costoluto Genovese. Explains why they were small.]

April 23

Gardening in Middle Tennessee

2013

Neighbor's bearded irises are beginning to bloom. Their daffodils are done.

The first born Red Cherry Large Fruited has it's first pea sized tomato forming. The Red Cherry Large Fruited have been, by far, the most vigorous under poor circumstances - planted to early, transplanted to cups too late, left under lights too long, put outdoors before it was really warm enough for tomatoes to thrive... and yet, it thrives.

Lawn needs mowing twice a week when it rains and its warm. Our neighbor has a lawn care business, so does it for us cheap; however, I am seeing a riding lawn mower in my crystal ball...can't wait for my own place. All that grass will make some awesome compost.

December 05

2010

Gardening in the High Desert
  • Deep watered orchard trees
  • Watered garlic & beds 1 - 3
  • Watered new beds - hoping to encourage wee germination - then can till in to both kill weeds and add organic matter to sand
  • Added one 5 gal bucket sweet smelling compost to two different beds.  There is a lot more to put out.  Then clean coop and start another batch of goo stuff