Saturday, April 9, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different

I planted this climbing hydrangea late last summer.  I've yet to see it flower, but am extremely pleased that it made it through the winter just fine and is looking good.  I may just fall in love with climbing hydrangeas.  I've never grown one before, but if I have good success, I'll be growing more!

Seeds Gone Wild!

I've had so much success with my tomato and pepper starts this year that my plants outgrew my light set-up.  Last night, I had to fashion something new:

These puppies are growing like crazy!

And it's time to pot up my peppers today:

I've only got lights set up for 2 flats and am running out of space.  Four tomato plants are going down to grandma's house today as well as some of the peppers once I pot them up.  I'll have more to give away as it gets closer to planting time.  Right now, I'm still holding on to extras in case there's some sort of disaster.  I don't know what kind of disaster would kill some plants and not others, but it just always seems like a good idea to have spares.

Soooo happy with my seed starting success this year.  The light set-up in the workshop was a great idea.  I'm not running the flats around from here to there like I was last year.  I water once or twice a week.  The lights are on a timer, so for the most part, I just let them sit there and do their thing while my life goes on.  Bonus!!  Thanks to my GardenWeb friends for helping me figure out how to do this.  I'm having lots of fun starting from seed, and thanks to this set-up, it's not very time-intensive either.  Yay!!

My Spring Crop

We're nearing mid-April and it's time to start getting the garden in gear.  Today, I've got 2 yards of compost coming in.  I'll be putting in snow peas once the compost is in and my beds are ready to plant.

Spring veggies are doing really well.  Soon I'll be chopping broccoli!  Heads are forming so I'm hoping to be only a few weeks away from harvest.

No heads on my cabbage yet, but it's starting to look like something:

We've had a couple hot spells this spring, but so far no bolting.  I intentionally planted these in spots that get afternoon shade.  It's part of my plan to see if I can get broccoli and cabbage in both the fall and spring.  We're supposed to be able to around here, and so far, so good!

And lastly, I've got peas!  As always, not as many as I want, but these will be a nice addition to a salad:

I didn't get great yield out of these because I planted them back in November in my attempt to get a winter crop.  I've given up on winter crops.  This year, I'll be planting them on Labor Day in the hope of getting a fall crop.  Then I'll plant them again around February, cover them from the frost, and hope for a spring crop that does better than this batch.