Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's Planting Time

We have really stepped up our garden game this year compared to last year.  I was pregnant so we didn't do as much as I wanted because I didn't want to have more than what I could physically handle canning wise. Although I just remembered I ended up with more than 25lbs of strawberries and made over 80 jars of strawberry jelly

I end up feeling guilty if I don't have time to can something, but don't get me wrong we give/donate plenty of our extra produce. I just like to can/freeze about 50% of what we grow so we don't have to spend money all winter at the grocery store. Then we either eat or share with friends the other 50%. I really enjoy being able to go to the grocery store each week in the winter and spend less than $50.  Robby helps with the canning when he can, but I do about 90% of it by myself.

 I picked up the rest of our plants and seeds yesterday.


 I made this chart to help me keep track of everything we are growing. I will be transplanting the majority of our plants after mothers days here in a couple of weeks, so I'll update the chart then.

Plant
Location
Date Planted
Date Harvested
Blue Lake Green Beans
Garden
 
 
Cantaloupe
Garden
 
 
Danvers Half Long Carrots(75 Days)
Pots
RD-1 4/29/13
 
Celery
Planter boxes
 
 
Corn
Garden
 
 
Cucumbers
Garden
 
 
Honey Dew (110 Days)
Garden
4/29/13
 
Gremlins Gourd
 
4/29/13
 
Yellow Onions
Planter Boxes
4/7/13
 
Little Marvel Peas (62 days)
Planter Boxes
4/27/13
 
 
Hot Weather Wando Pea
Garden
 
 
Pepper
Garden
 
 
Jack Be Little Pumpkins
 
4/29/13
 
Full Moon White Pumpkins (110 Days)
Garage bed
3/29/13
 
Cherry Belle Red Radish (22 days)
Planter boxes
4/7/13
 
Yellow Squash
 
 
 
Spaghetti Squash
Garden
 
 
Sunflowers
Garden
 
 
Sweet Potatoes
Pots
 
 
Tomatoes
 
 
Garden
 
 
Watermelon
Garden
 
 
Zucchini
Garden
 
 

Here are some pictures of what we have already planted.
I planted snapdragons in these fence flower pots I made last year.


Radishes

Onions

White Pumpkins
Peas

Carrots

Mini Pumpkins, Gourds, and Honey Dew

I also picked up this awesome trellis at Lowes yesterday when I was buying some potting soil which will be perfect for our climbing peas and potentially our cucumbers also.


Garden Architecture 42-in W x 48-in H Natural Utilitarian Garden Trellis

Today I made these plant markers because I already had all the supplies...so yea no brainer on that one. The only problem I had was I couldn't get a hole punched through the ring. I broke one pair of hole punchers while trying. Thankfully I had two pairs and I just decided to punch a hole through the actual lid instead. I though about not even using the ring, but decided to still go with it to give the marker some weight.



Peas

Onions

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