Saturday, June 12, 2010

I am a master gardener extraordinaire!

I went in the backyard yesterday and some of the dirt in my veggie bed was mounded up. I thought maybe a cat had used it as a litter box but when I went over to smooth it out I found that 2 of my okra varieties are sending up shoots!! But that's not all: one of my basil variety is sending up shoots too!! I RULE!!

Today they looked even better, and everything has sent up shoots now!

I thought for sure some wouldn't come up but now my problem might be too many shoots? I have no idea how to space these things, I don't know what they look like as they get bigger.

The leaves on the left are cantaloupe, the ones at the bottom are the little zucchini, and the ones at the top are okra. So exciting!! A few other fun gardening developments:

Jason's pineapple lily earns its name

One of the bananas has 2 new shoots

Monday, June 7, 2010

If everyone else jumped off a bridge...

apparently I would too. I caved this weekend and built a raised bed for growing vegetables.

I didn't mean to! I went to the Natural Gardener with a girlfriend who had been planning to do it for a while, and I just got swept up in the excitement.

I planted 5 different kinds of Basil, 3 different kinds of Okra, 4 Malabar Spinach plants (2 green, 2 red), cantaloupe, little round zucchini, Black Beauty eggplant, and squash.

The staff at Natural Gardener were SUPER helpful, showed us the recommended planting/growing schedule for Austin and made suggestions for seed varieties. They made it seem pretty easy, so let's hope things work out and we're eating some great stuff in a few months!

My own personal crop circles

After last week's hard rain these weird white spongy things popped up in random spots of the front lawn. I assume it's a fungus-y type thing? Why can't I just have normal mushrooms like everyone else? They're big, too: anywhere from 4-8" long and wide.

I kicked one and it was firm and moist and fragments of it went everywhere. Ew. If I didn't know better I'd think someone put that foaming caulk on my lawn.

See them all?!? What does it mean?

The best laid plans

At the end of last season I think I wrote that I was going to try for a more consistent color scheme, and had pulled up some red daylilies that were interfering with my plan.

Yeah, that worked out.

Future gardeners: before you go buy a bunch of plants, decide on a color scheme! Otherwise you'll buy pretty plants that clash when next to other pretty plants, and then it's not so pretty.

I'm not saying the red isn't working, but I don't have much choice now so I'd better learn to work the red!

And who is this??
That is neither Barbara Mitchell nor Jolyene Nichole. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful, I just don't know what it's called. Maybe I sleep-shopped at Oakes Daylilies and then sleep-planted my new one? Hmmm.

Peelings...nothing more than peelings

My Crape Myrtles are peeling. You can see strips of bark hanging from the branches, and it's all over the ground below too. That means they're growing AND they'll bloom soon!

That one branch looks like it has mange or something. (Look at my Canna Wyoming in the background!)

They didn't get any powdery mildew at all this year thanks to that stuff the Natural Gardener sold me to spray on them. Amazing!