Garden Update: April 28th

Much has happened since my last garden update. We needed to purchase a new plant table as our old table just was not long enough to hold all of our little plants. We now have a nice six foot long table that has enough room to spread out our plants across the table & give them room.

NEW BALLASTS IN GROW LIGHT

Our neighbor, Shawn, whom we are so thankful for, helped us out in a big way. Our one four-bulb grow light had gone on the fritz and we were down to only one grow light, BIG problem!  Shawn took a look at our light and said that the ballasts in the grow light needed to be replaced. We know nothing about anything electrical, so he replaced the two ballasts in our light and it works so nice now! Thank you so much Shawn for helping us out, as our plants are so happy now!

THE OLD BALLAST

BEFORE CLEANING UP PLANT TABLE

AFTER NEW 6 FOOT TABLE

Since we got our nice new long table, I had a lot of work ahead of me because I now had to transfer all of our plants (about 85 plants) from one table to the new one. I also had to rearrange the hooks in the ceiling to hang the grow lights from so the entire table of plants was well lit. I just used those nice little curved hooks that screwed right into the beams in the ceiling and attached metal chains to hang the grow lights on.

UNFOLDING THE NEW TABLE

What a difference in having enough room to move your plants around!

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We have enough room to add more plants, if needed.

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The table is full of vibrant growing happy plants!

4-27-14 Plants

The gangs all here and getting along nicely!

JULIET TOMATOES 4-27-14

Our plants are coming along nicely and we won’t be planting them in the garden until the end of May because we have to wait for any last frosts that may occur. I might have to start a few additional seeds just to make sure that we have enough plants for the garden.

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Our Bush Lake Beans plants are so beautiful, and our Juliet Tomato and Big Boy Tomato plants are getting bigger by the day. Our red peppers, green peppers, Flat Dutch Cabbage, cucumbers, and cantaloupe plants are coming along nicely too.  When it gets to the time in May when we take our plants out in the garden, we will also be planting leaf lettuce and Romaine lettuce too.  We would have had Romaine lettuce last year, but when we had a deer jump our fence, he ate all the Romaine and it never came back.

CUCUMBER 4-27-14

Like I said, we have been super busy over here getting the garden area in shape for this years growing season, and I finally got the stepping stone walkway in and completed. Our new little walkway looks so wonderful and it is a beautiful addition to our garden area. Our grass around our garden was never in that good shape, so I decided that I was going to change that this year. I worked all day yesterday laying a nice thin layer of topsoil all over the grassy area and I will spread grass seed all over the topsoil. The light topsoil topcoat will help the new grass seed germinate better and will make the grassy area thicker once it is established.

RED PEPPERS 4-27-14

I also worked on cleaning up our strawberry patch picking out all of the leaves and straw from the winter, and I did some research on how to maintain strawberries. What I learned is that when a strawberry creates a runner and establishes a new plant, that you should cut the runner between the plants as it sucks life out of the plants. It makes a lot of sense and I am glad that I read this information, as I have a lot of runners to clip! Just don’t clip any green runners, wait until they have browned a bit before clipping!

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Last year I saved every seed from the sunflowers that our Auntie Rene gave us and I wanted to see if the seeds would germinate, so I planted two seeds and waited. In just four days, I have two sunflowers coming up! I planted them in a little container and placed them under our grow lights and I was shocked on how quick the seeds germinated! I can’t wait to plant them out in the garden again as they were so beautiful to watch grow!

SUNFLOWERS

So, what did you do over the weekend? What are you growing?

29 thoughts on “Garden Update: April 28th

      • That’s what happens when you fall in love with gardening. I’ve often indulged in a little fantasy in our small, suburb area. I would like to buy the house behind us, tear down the adjacent fence, and expand! The other house would be for guests…or a cat sanctuary…or…something really good.

  1. Looks great now! Your plants are going to town. I actually have that same table as a craft room table right now. I like that it folds easily. I hope to actually have an official desk type thing in the new house. I’ve never grown my own seeds. I worked at the garden store and got a good discount. Our new house has a postage stamp size patch of grass in the yard so I probably won’t have an in ground vegetable garden but I did see this very cool pyramid plant thing. I’m hoping to have room for one and I’ll have one made. I worked on Saturday and oh man was it busy. I learned a lot but probably drove my work mate crazy by asking a question a minute…LOL poor her to get the newbie 😀

    • That would be awesome to work at a garden store, as I would LOVE the discounts! I am trying to come up with some way to “light up” the garden area this season. If you don’t have lots of room and/or grassy area, then do some container gardens and plant your tomatoes etc in there! As long as the pot is deep enough, you will produce veggies!

    • I was shocked when I actually did a quick count on what we had growing on our table downstairs, and I went WOW! They are coming along nicely, and I did in fact have to replant a few just to make sure we had enough. I am so happy that you like following along with our gardening progress! ❤

      • It’s enviable compared to our garden progress! But we’re still learning. I get ecstatic when something actually grows to fruition! We had fabulous spinach this spring. Very pleased with that.

      • We are going to try growing Romaine Lettuce again this year, and I can’t wait. When we had that one deer jump our fence and eat more than half of our plants down to nubs, that is when I lost all of my romaine plants. I too, get excited when I see something grow! I bet your home grown Spinach was delicious!

      • Thanks, I appreciate it! I just went out to KMart today and bought a cute metal wire flower garden fence to keep the deer out of my flower bed. Hope this works!

      • Hope so too. And if not, marigolds around the border of your garden should do it too. Deer hate marigolds. That’s a little trick I learned from my dad, growing up in Ohio. Sorry I didn’t think of that until now.

      • I asked my father. My mistake. Marigolds keep rabbits away. So, if rabbits are your problem, that’s my advice. Sorry about the deer! I think remember something about deer urine. Or some animal urine. I guess you could look it up if you were interested in going the pee route!

      • Human urine will work, well at least that is what I heard but I can’t see myself heading outdoors to pee all over the backyard! Can you just imagine our neighbors seeing this?! Yikes! I could never look at them the same again.

      • Hmm. Well, you could always contain it indoors and then bring your watering can inside and dump it in there before “sprinkling” it around outside 🙂 Or you can just deal with the deer!

  2. So exciting! I am looking forward to watching everything get moved outside. I don’t plant anything, but soon, I will buy a couple of flowerpots full of impatiens or petunias to hang on the hooks outside my window. I call that my garden…. That’s why I love yours so much!

    • I love your choice in flowers as they always look so beautiful! Yeppers, we are plugging along over here, trying to get things done in between the rain, but it is all coming along so nicely. Oh man, moving all the plants outside is a real chore, but it goes along with all the gardening work, but we love it! I am so glad that you follow along with us, I am glad to have your company! 🙂

  3. What a nice setup you have there, and everything looks to be coming along very well! The weather was cool and rainy all weekend, so I didn’t get anything done outside, I did get a few seeds started (I know I’m late but I am not really putting a lot of effort in this year as far as seed starting).

    • Hey, a few plants are better than none! Even if the plants are small when heading outside, they will grow better than just starting them directly in the dirt outside. I love this part of gardening, and truly enjoy it. ❤

  4. Oh, I don’t know if I would go that far and say that we have it all together (LOL), but we sure do a lot of research on what works. We do make mistakes, but the important thing is, is that we learn from them. We learned a few years ago, that peppers & tomato plants lack magnesium and they either “split” or get that “bottom rot”, so we fix this by sprinkling Epsom Salt once a week around the plants to give them the magnesium they need. To date, our plants are always healthy with no splits or bottom rot! We do take great pride in our garden and love sharing our progress with you! ❤

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