Surprises

Having planted some french marigolds late in the season, they only bloomed today, but weren’t the kind I was expecting. They were something I liked much better.

I got this lovely patterning-

french marigold

When I was expecting this more common variety below-

Planting them practically, as a companion plant, and a mosquito and insect repellant,  I imagined they would be a bit boring. It’s nice when the garden throws some nice surprises and keeps things exciting!

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Women Farmers

When my seed catalogs started coming in, I was kidded, and called a farmer. Although I never considered myself as one, when I though about the title, I was rather complimented. Here are a couple of vids I thought I would share on the subject.

I wanted to add that personally, I never really thought of farmers as male orientated, but rather family orientated, and a group affair-everyone pitches in. Though men were the ones usually running the big tractors, wives that didn’t mind, and older children, hopped on when all hands required.

Lovin the Wildnerness Look

Shhh! I’m garden stalking/crashing! One of the neighbors gardens. Love the wilderness look.  These flowers point in every which direction giving them perspective and depth, that delicate, yet crazy wild feeling.

From an artists perspective, these loopy lines would be great to paint.

I think this is a hollyhock peeping through, but more likely morning glory.  Still trying to see if I can start to recognize more flowers.

I am sure this giant size zucchini would win a prize if it were entered in a contest.  Amazing!

Gardening Tips-Transplanting

–  Water the plant 1 hour prior to transplanting, this will prevent the earth from falling apart, and the plant to come out with the whole root ball intact with the earth.

–  Give the bottom of the container a good whack with the palm of your hand to loosen the bottom, once an air pocket at the bottom is created the plant should slip out easily.

–  I’ve noticed during transplanting, that plants that were sprinkled lightly with a bit of cinnamon prior, to help kill off fungus, not only assisted to minimize fungus gnats by depriving them of their food supply, the earth seemed to be healthier, less likely to have other bugs, and the plants more robust and full. I would recommend this, but caution to do small tests to see if some plants may react adversely.

Carrots in Water Bottles

Carrots after rain looking full.

After a light rain last night the carrots this morning were looking full and expressive, so I thought I would take a snap.  Believe it or not, these carrots were started indoors at the end of February (that is a full 6 months!), and did not receive full sun or have adequate air circulation, prompting them to come down with a hardly noticeable but very widespread fungus or mold attack on the leaves.  Once outside I sprayed them with a baking soda solution and trimmed the more affected leaves back quite severely. Having better light, and lots of wind to air them out they seem to be doing much better, and the previous green stubs that were growing are gradually turning orange.  We have had solid sun for a couple of weeks, so being cool loving crops, they were still kept in partial shade.

Massive and fine root system of carrots are visible.

Amazed at the massive amount of roots the carrots give out.  At the left,  the top finger, you can see the actual thread size of the roots sticking out, which have wrapped repeatedly around the bottom.

These carrots were planted temporarily in bottles, awaiting a carrot box of cedar in the making. On the plus side, it was easy to place the water bottles inside larger potted plants as companions, where they were kept cool, saved space, and doubled as some shade for the earth of the larger pots, preventing them from heating up too much.

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