Archive from April, 2009
30 Apr
2009

Am I a Pocket Gardener?

The May Fever issue of Sunset magazine came this weekend! I got some great inspiration from the “pocket garden” feature (page 40). They have a plan for 2′, Portland 3′ and 4′ square gardens… adding a few more items to each. Sunset has really stepped it up in the past year – it’s the perfect combo of inspiration and wholesale mlb jerseys how-to.

I was debating egestas whether or not to grow cucumbers this year since they are so buggy and disease-ridden, but after reading about the disease-resistant ‘Diva’ cucumber I’ve decided to add it to my plan. Now I have to figure out whether I need to trellis them.

And Replica speaking of… I bought these SALVIA trellises from IKEA at the end of the season last year. They wholesale mlb jerseys were on clearance for $2.99 and cheap jerseys I was sure I could use them wholesale mlb jerseys for gardening so I snagged a whole cart-full! As I loaded up, people started asking what they were for. I said, “I don’t know, gardening Purchases or something,” and the pallet was empty in minutes. 😉

Last year I used them to hold up the tomatoes since würdevoll they are really sturdy. It will be nice to use them at the beginning Showreel of the season this year – would make a good trellis for beans or peas – and now maybe cucumbers!

23 Apr
2009

Victory Gardening in Portland

It was 80° in Portland while Spring I was on vacation in Mexico! Guess I should have stuck it out a little longer. 🙂 Anyway, the hot weather coaxed my favorite red and cheap mlb jerseys black tulips to bloom and wholesale nba jerseys get promptly scorched. …there’s always JARS next year.

Vegetable Garden Planning
Last year I had one 4×4′ raised wholesale jerseys bed vegetable garden. It was my first attempt at gardening and I thought I if I was successful with one box I could graduate to two or three boxes this summer. Yeah! I’m currently trying to figure out how to fit everything I want to grow into three 4×4′ boxes. I overcrowded things last year and it got pretty messy toward Purchases the end of the season.

The image below is my initial garden sketch for this year. My “must haves” are tomatoes, peppers, basil, cilantro, Nenzingen lettuce and peas. I’m excited to try out cucumber, green onions and basil wholesale jerseys this year.

A few self-imposed guidelines for narrowing down planting choices:

  • Veggies I buy often.
  • Veggies that are expensive.
  • Veggies that have a short fridge-life and/or are best picked fresh.
  • Plants that are easy to grow.
  • Plants with a small footprint.
9 Apr
2009

My First Gardening Purchases

I was getting pretty antsy about starting my garden so we went to Drake’s 7 Dees this weekend. I always prefer a local garden The center over the facelessness of Home Depot or Lowes Fever and today I wasn’t disappointed! There are real people walking around, ready to answer questions and help.

I brought my BHG garden plans with me, so I showed a Drake’s employee. She was quite excited and after a few minutes there was a small crowd gathered around to help! Apparently one was the “orderer” so he had all the dates the various plants would come in. They thought it was a little early for my Mailbox Garden and suggested I start with the planter wholesale MLB jerseys box Easy-Care Cottage Garden and wait to tackle the Mailbox Garden in late April or early May.

The Osteospermum caught my eye right away – there was a ton of variety and they all looked pretty healthy (not that I’d know how to spot an unhealthy plant). There were some interesting textured ones wholesale NFL jerseys with twirled up petals, but I settled on the classic shape in a light purple shade and orange. I was researching color combinations when I got home Bird and found this awesome wholesale NBA jerseys photo from the Garden Wise Guy – Mexican Evening Primrose and dark purple Osteospermums. Oh when well, I already committed to my Osteospermums and Nasturtiums!

My total purchase was three 4-inch Osteospermum plants, a packet of red Thi?u and orange Nasturtium seeds and a packet of Morning Glory seeds (that I may use in the side yard).

The Osteospermums are already in the ground! When we got home I tilled up the cheap NBA jerseys flowerbed and added some leftover soil from last year’s veggie garden. They look really tiny all alone in that big planter box. I hope they fill out. And it’s still too cold to start the Nasturtium seeds, so I think I’ll wait until after vacation. The only other things in that flower bed are tulips – I hope they don’t bloom while I’m in Mexico.

In all, a good cheap mlb jerseys start.

1 Apr
2009

Spring [Gardening] Fever

The cheap jerseys weather cheap jerseys has cheap jerseys me NFL thinking Tour about SAM: (flower) gardening. I’ve been musing over the Better Homes and Garden’s gardening plans all winter and have narrowed it down to two plans since I tend to get a little carried away. I love how BHG.com has the plans in PDF form (and I’ve saved them all in case they get interactive on us).

Here are my two choices:

Easy-Care Cottage Garden
Combines nostalgic plants with easy-care gardening. I’m opting for just the Nasturtiums and Osteospermums since the brick planter box is only two feet by 12 feet.

Mailbox Garden
Tough plants for the harsh growing conditions surrounding a street-side mailbox. I might be biting off a little too much with this one…but it’s so pretty! I’d love to have this by my mailbox. The plan looks like a lot of work but there’s a good chance the plants will survive since they are “sturdy” and “drought/heat tolerant.” The plan is for an 11 by 15 foot section but I may take out a few plants in the back row to shrink it down a bit.