Sunday, March 29, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday, Daffodils!

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These pretty yellow daffodils have been growing in the same spot for 20 years now. This fall they will be moved to their new location all around the perimeter of the new garden fence.

They have needed dividing for years now but I just did not have a good place to replant them.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Wild Strawberry Project

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What is the Wild Strawberry Project?
I am attempting to naturalize the wild strawberry on my six acres of land in West Virginia.

How can you help?
When the wild strawberries come into season you can help by saving me one berry. Squash it on a paper plate or paper towel or coffee filter, etc. and let it dry and then mail the dried strawberry to me. Make sure you protect surfaces from the juice of the berry when you squish it. I will plant it and let it grow in my WV garden. Eventually the birds will eat the wild strawberries and spread the seed. It will be fun finding new plants in unexpected places.

Can I send anything else?
I would love violets! They would probably need to be sent in a damp paper towel inside a ziploc bag.

Will you reimburse my postage?
I am not able to reimburse postage at this time. This is strictly a goodwill effort on your part. I will keep all your addresses and can email you a choice of seeds as I harvest. I am planting a good number of different tomatoes this year and there may be one or two you would like.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Grow Your Own 2009, Leaf Lettuce

Somehow I have missed seeing Andrea's Grow Your Own project until now. I realized right away that my leaf lettuce deserved to be included.

I grew it in my basement under grow lights and it made our hamburgers extra special tonight.

I did not grow the tomato, but I have a few dozen plants started under the same grow lights in the basement.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Very Productive Weekend

During the course of the weekend the cabin went from looking like this:

to looking like this!

Quite an improvement!

We also put up our garden fence. We got deer fence from Deerbusters. This stuff is 7 1/2 feet tall which means the posts are 9 feet! We had to stand in the back of the truck to reach to put them in.

After we were done it looked like this:

The garden is 50 by 100 feet and that pile of brush you see inside the fence is 42 by 35 feet! The brush will be chipped up to put on the paths.
I made flags out of strips cut from grocery bags to tie all around the fence. This is so the deer will realize that the fence is there and not walk right into it. I will take the strips down after a few weeks.

We did not make the gates yet, so still work to do on the fence. There will be a gate in the middle of each of the 50 foot ends and a path wide enough for the little tractor and trailer to make it through.

I could not believe it got up to 80 degrees over the weekend when on Wednesday it was 8 degrees overnight.
I can hardly wait to get back and lay out the beds and start planting!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday, Crocus

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Finally! A bloom to blog!

Apparently this is my lone crocus. I do not remember ever planting crocus, but here it is anyway.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Biggest Snow Fall This Winter

This is the sight that greeted me when I opened my front door this morning.

Six inches of fluffy white snow!

I prepared to do battle and ventured forth, shovel in hand. After a bit two of my neighbors came out and dug in too. Our driveway is about 100 feet long. The bit at the end where the plow comes through is the worst.

Fortunately, all but the bottom 1/2" was a light fluffy powder, so it was not heavy to move.

When we were done it looked like this.

All the thin layer of blowing snow melted off later in the day so all the concrete and asphalt was clear. C'mon, Spring!
It is forecast to be 10 degrees tonight and 70 degrees on Sunday. Yay! Crazy March weather!