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My winter sowing project for 2015
Posted on Jan 18, 2015 9:32 PM

This year I am getting an earlier start on my winter sowing than I did last year. I started by convincing my husband to build me a compost sifter

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Then I sifted my compost

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Then I mixed my beautiful compost to make seed starting mix. The recipe follows:

4 parts compost
2 parts coir or peat moss ( I used peat moss)
1 part vermiculite
1 part perlite

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Then I gathered all of my empty distilled water jugs I am recycling from work. I cut 3 sides, opened them, poked holes in the bottom for drainage, discarded the top, filled with my very damp seed starting mix, sprinkled desired seeds, pressed slightly, and then sprinkled more mix on top of the seeds, lightly pressed the soil. I made a tag using the small plastic coffee stir stick with duct tape flag with the seed name. This little flag I placed inside of jug, then taped up the slit with duct tape to seal the mini green house. I also marked a number on the outside of the jug which corresponded with a list I was making with the date, name of seed, and where seed was purchased.

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The things I got planted today are
1. Red Wing onion
2. Celeriac
3. Pablano Peppers
4. Mortgage Lifter tomatoes
5. Butterhead Lettuce
6. Ringmaster Sweet Spanish onion
7. Red Burgundy onion
8. Roma Tomatoes
9. Moon and Stars Melon
10. Cantelope
11. Anise Hyssop

I will plant many more as time allows.
Now all there is to do is wait for nature to take over and stimulate those seeds to germinate and sprout when the conditions are right.

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Garden happenings
Posted on May 17, 2014 3:11 PM

I went out in the garden to try and catch up on some maintenance and found that the sparrow eggs have hatched!
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So, I didn’t get much weeding or trimming or planting done, but I got some photos :0

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And I noticed a gazillion baby grapes on my grape vines. The red flame will be it’s first production year. YIPPEE

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How to navigate this website
Posted on May 5, 2014 8:18 PM

This blog is more of a question than a how to. I have been struggling with how to submit photos to this website. It is something I would like very much to get good at because seeing everyones photos is such a wonderful treat for me. I have been taking some photos of my property, some of them I have managed to post somehow, but I can not figure out how to post pictures I took today of my shade plants. So here goes
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This is a wonderful viney varigated small shrub but I have long since forgotten the name

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This is one of my beautiful Viburnums. It is such a fun shape, and the foliage although deciduous, turns such beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow, and dark green in the fall.

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Here is the beautiful Japanese Maple followed by the Pacific Dogwood, covered by the Ponderosa pine

If anyone finds this post, and can give me some steps in which to post various photos that pertain to what the weekly focus of the site is ~ please, please send me a note.

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