Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weekend News

I've been so lazy this month, it's pathetic.  I haven't had much in the way of submissions for book listings and I haven't researched to find any on my own.

However, I have been enjoying the spring type of weather.  The lilacs are blooming, the potatoes, onions, peas, beans and sunflowers have all started to sprout.  So - I went out and took some pictures to share with you today.

The first few pictures were taken last week.


Onion row!

How pretty is that?  Onions are so simple and elegant.

The lilacs are getting ready to bloom!

Dandelions.  So fun - unless you try to control them.

These next pictures were taken today (May 28th)

The lilacs are blooming!

I love the closeups!

They make the whole world (at least mine) smell wonderful!

If you look very closely, you can see the potatoes at the very bottom of the garden.  And the grass is coming up nicely.  ;-)

Didn't I say I love the closeups?

My sweet Edy!  She picked that for me.

I'm going to go shopping today for more plants to add to the garden.  It's time.  I just hope we don't get another freeze after I get the plants in.  I'm looking for tomatoes, cucumbers, probably some watermelon, cantaloupe and pumpkin.  Might do some kind of squash (acorn) and zuchinni.  Oh, and can't forget the peppers!  If there's something you think I'm missing, let me know.  (I already have potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, corn and sunflowers planted.)


  1. I find beets and swiss chard grow reliably. You need some actual green leafy stuff among your veg choices. Beet tops are good and of course the root part can be harvested any time from 1" up to through next winter.

  2. Thanks for the comment Philip! I might do some beets, but we don't eat the root, so it would be a terrible waste and I'd feel guilty. I could always give them away, though.

    I've never grown swiss chard and I'll have to try it. I really should try some lettuce and spinach too! My whole family loves spinach. I'm the only one who doesn't like cooked spinach (just fresh) I'm going to do some radishes in the back garden too.

    I'm so excited. This is my favorite time of year. I actually didn't make it to the garden store today. We went grocery shopping and there wasn't enough room in the trunk for plants. :-( We will go first thing in the morning!

  3. Wow - great pictures, JC!! I finally got my potatoes and onions in the ground today - hope we don't get an early frost or I'll never get to harvest them! My peppers, tomatoes, and kohlrabi went in yesterday. I'm saving my seeds until later in the week so they don't float away in the storms that are coming...

    People around here eat pickled beets or they use the juice for jelly, so there's some ideas if you decide to plant them. I can definitely email you the recipes (courtesy of my mother-in-law, who grows them every year).

    I also grow a GREAT crop of dandilions - now if I only knew how to make wine!!! And my husband is horribly allergic to lilacs - when we lived in town, he was miserable all spring and wished he could ask the neighbors to dig out their trees, so now on our farm, they're no where to be found. :( My kids love planting zinnias, though - they grow anywhere and look good cut (or pulled, by them).

    This is getting really long!! In conclusion, I'll say my garden is the biggest one I've seen in awhile, but it's only about half the size of yours according to this picture! Good luck and happy weeding to us both!

  4. Hi Erica!

    I haven't talked to you for a while! I'm so glad you posted.

    I've done pickled beets before - probably about 8 years ago and there are still some in the cupboard at my dad's. Him and my brothers eat them but obviously not very often. The jelly I might like to try, though.

    We did get our plants today - about 40 tomatoes, peppers of different kinds, celery, lettuce, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe and cucumbers. There might be something else in there that I am missing.

    We didn't plant anything today because it has been raining ALL day long. I'm hoping it'll quit tomorrow and we can go out and play in the mud.

    I'll be taking pictures and hopefully I'll get them up here right away.

    Our garden is about 70 x 20 but we have another in the back yard that my brothers wanted to plant and it's about 25 x 40, if I remember right. I'm just hoping we have enough plants to fill them.

    Just wait - if I keep up my garden updates you'll see how happily I weed or DON'T weed. :-) I couldn't find some of my plants a couple of years ago because the grass and thistle was taller than them. Ooops.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's allergy. The lilacs are always one of my favorite things about spring/summer. They remind me of my grandma because she always had lilac bushes.


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