Wordless Wednesday: Sprouting Plants

CLOUDS

I captured this beautiful scene yesterday, before it rained again.

BEE BALM

If you have ever grown Bee Balm before, you know how truly beautiful this plant is when blooming.

BURNING BUSH

This is our Burning Bush that is starting to sprout. It would be a bigger bush, but the deer in our area have nipped this poor bush so many times, that it has stunted its growth. It is such a beautiful bush as the leaves turn red in the Fall, hence the Burning Bush name.

RUSSIAN SAGE

Russian Sage is one plant I have found that the deer do not nibble. It blooms beautiful purple flowers and fills in beautifully.

GARDEN ENCOURAGEMENT

This is my cement stepping stone I made a few years ago! Yep, I made it with a mold I have for cement. I hope it gives the garden some encouragement!

RAIN BARRELS

I am getting our rain barrels ready for the garden season. We use these to water everything in our flower beds and the garden to save on using water from the hose. It truly saves on the water bill, not to mention that rain water makes the plants grow better. As you can see from the top of the blue rain barrel, I hooked up a gutter extension ($10) to our gutter that runs directly down to the rain barrel that catches the rain water. When the blue rain barrel fills up, I just switch out the gutter extension to the other rain barrel. To use the rain water we have collected, you can either hook up a hose to the spout on the bottom or just place your watering can under it. If you have never used a rain barrel before, it might be something that you should look into as it is a good way to conserve on the water you are using from your hose and it does in fact, save on the water bill.

Garden Update: 6-24-13

OUR GARDEN 6-24-13

I know you are all on pins and needles anxiously awaiting our garden update, so sit back and take in the view from our garden!  It’s been 10 days since we have had any rain, and we need it badly.  Our rain barrel is close to being empty and desperately needs to be filled back up again.  We also have a huge garbage can placed next to our rain barrel to fill that up, once the rain barrel is completely full.  I just switch the gutter extension hose from the barrel to the can…presto, instant rain container that I just dunk my watering can in!  I think we are supposed to get some rain later today, and I am keeping my fingers crossed on that!  Our grass is even starting to dry out from all of these hot humid temps.  We are just doing our best to use only rain water that we collect for watering the garden to cut down on our water bill, and this has definitely helped tremendously!  You can not imagine the amount of water you use when gardening!

Other than our constant battle on a daily basis chasing off the Chipmunk we named “Chip” from our garden, we have not experienced any issues yet and everything is coming along nicely.  Nikita has been very helpful in chasing away “Chip” and the birdies that sneak under the strawberry netting.  We have seen a few white garden moths around and they usually like cabbage, so I did some reading on Pinterest and a lot of people are stating that we can minimize and/or rid these moths with just plain flour, by sprinkling it on top of the cabbage.

NIKITA SNEAKING UP ON A CHIPPIE IN THE GARDEN

We had some nice garden soil left over from the garden, so we decided to add the rest of it (and get it off the driveway as I am tired of looking at the blue tarp already) to our backyard flower bed behind our garden.  This spot is now the home of all of our pumpkin plants.  I forgot to count how many pumpkins we have planted back there (and I will be planting about 8-10 more this week) which range from Connecticut Field Pumpkins, Jack Be Little Pumpkins, and the famous Red Warty Thing Pumpkins.  Since this flower bed looked 100% better, just by adding the nice dark garden soil around the pumpkins, I decided that I would finish the garden bricks around this bed.  Man oh man, this totally completed the garden area with beautiful results!  I could not wait for a certain someone to come home from work to see what I did, and when he did, he was WOW’d!

PUMPKIN BEDS

RED WARTY THING PUMPKINS

Our Romaine Lettuce has finally had a growth spurt.

ROMAINE LETTUCE 6-24-13

The cucumbers are coming along nicely.

CUCUMBERS 6-24-13

The zucchini has its moments, and some days the leaves turn a little yellow, but that is from all the rain we had been getting, but they are green again.  And today, I looked really close and I think I can see a really tiny zucchini forming!  Yeah – zucchini bread is on my mind!

ZUCCHINI 6-24-13

We finally have sight of small Big Boy Tomatoes this week!  Yeah!  As you can see, you can tell the difference from a Big Boy to a Juliet from the shape.  Big Boys are round, and Juliets are longer in shape.  The Juliets usually sprout in groups of 8-10, so you can just imagine how many we are going to harvest this year!  Nice!

BIG BOY TOMATO

JULIET TOMATO BUNCH 6-24-13

This Juliet Tomato plant is now over 6 feet tall!

6 FOOT JULIET TOMATO

Our Flat Dutch Cabbage is growing by leaps and bounds.

FLAT DUTCH CABBAGE 6-24-13

Both Red & Green Peppers are multiplying daily.

RED PEPPER 6-24-13

And our Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce will be picked this week!  Parts of our two rows of leaf lettuce has gotten so big that it is now ready to eat!  Gotta stock up on lots of salad dressing now!  Look at that row of lettuce, nice eh?!

LETTUCE 6-24-13

So there you have it, our garden update for the week!  Everything is coming along nicely and we can’t be more pleased with its progress!

BEE BALM

WILD FLOWER

The flower bed is also popping with colors, from our Russian Sage, yellow wild flowers, Bee Balm, Cat Nip, and our hot pink Phlox just bloomed today.  Our Coreopsis will probably start to bloom in July, so just a little more time to wait on them!  We snuck about 8 pumpkin seeds in this flower bed too, and although we knew better to not plant them, we did, and we were not surprised that when the deer roamed in the other night, they nipped down about half of them.  We knew it was coming, we just kept our fingers crossed that they would not find them, they did.  Live and learn.

Summer would not be the same if we did not have a garden.  This is something that we truly love!