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Late May Ramblings

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Holy Moly, this month has just flown by...

We have had quite the lovely spring this year, thankfully! and all has grown well and prospered.


It's looking a little bit empty in here....

At the greenhouse, Nitty Gritty Greenhouse, of course ;)
I continue to sell heirloom veggies, lovely roses, and hardy, deer resistant perennials.
Much of the stock has been moved outdoors to harden off, while I slowly prepare the greenhouse and hoop house for the summer growing season.


Soon, they will house these 5 gallon pots of tomatoes and cukes plus 3 gallon pots of pepper plants.

Not sure what Little 'Lilah is thinking about these squashes? Probably that they look fabulous! Thye are ready to be planted out now that the garden bed soil has warmed up to the perfect planting temp...
Once again this year, I have a great selection of heirloom pumpkins... Cinderella's Carriage, Sweet Sugar Pie, Blue crown Prince, Howden, Wyatt's Wonder, etc... as well as Butternut, Tromboncino and …

Greenhouse Ramblings in May

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So, once again change is afoot in the greenhouse.

Tomatoes are being hardened off under the nursery pergola 

My tomatoes are planted up in 5 gallon poly pots, ready to be strung up in the greenhouse  as it gets emptied out and goes into the summertime growth phase.
Though my greenhouse is large by many home owners standards, it has to play many roles, and thus it changes looks and function every few weeks.

During the late winter and early spring, the greenhouse is in production phase, that is seedling, transplanting, the growing of roses and perennials.

Here, seedlings in background, mother plants for cuttings, rose standards rooting in... In spring, it then changes around again, as roses and perennials are moved out to the cold frame (hoop house) in order to make room for the heirloom tomatoes, peppers, heat loving veggies, and annuals.

In the greenhouse, cucumbers start to emerge...
The hoop house is full of roses, transferred from the greenhouse to make room for veggies.   Retail phas…

A Few Days Difference...

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Wow, see what happens after a few days of sunshine...

The Spring Wash Tub...

The Herb Bed..

The Rhubarb...

The Garlic and heirloom Flat Leaf Parsley Bed...


One of the Pear Tree's is Blossoming :)

 Carrots, beets, cabbage... and strawberries in 2nd bed

Cute Little 'Lilah... watching for deer, birds or squirrels... anything that might need scaring away...
and... my darling daughter got me a lovely manicure and pedicure for Mother's Day :) Nothing better for a gardener this time of year... even tho it will not last more than a few days.


Pole beans went in a few weeks back... just starting to poke through... Potatoes are coming up now and will need some hilling up in a week or two. Tomatoes, peppers and cukes, hmmm, maybe this week-end ( Mother's Day )  or if it feels 'cool' to me... then I will wait till May Long... Last year was nasty till July and I have not forgotten how my veg just sat there waiting for heat! This year... better safe than sorry!














Early May Ramblings

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Decided to do two ramblings this month as so much changes, so very quickly in spring... One now, today being the first day of May, and one in mid to late May....

The beds have all been topped with a dressing of manure and all cool weather crops are planted and coming up nicely... onions, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, radishes, spinach, lettuces, peas...


17 of the 23 beds are fully planted up.... 2 are waiting for tomatoes, 1 is for cukes, and 1 will be a 'Three Sisters" bed (corn, beans and squash).
The last two are long beds that already contain some perennials, roses, rhubarb, etc... so I just fill them to the brim with a mix of cutting flowers, usually Zinnias, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Glads, and whatever else catches my eye.   

The Herb Bed

The Herb Bed is really coming to life now...

Carrots and beets have been thinned out and look lovely... waiting till the weather rises just a wee bit to start adding the marigolds and nasturtiums to the beds.

Loving the Bellis aka Engli…