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« on: January 15, 2008 01:36:59 PM »

So, I know most gardeners are itching to get into the garden-and some of you southerners are already started Sad But this is what the garden at Chez Funkrustico looks like around now Grin

back veggie garden and strawbale house

front cottage garden

rock garden

And the view from the front yard that makes all the long winter okay Wink

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 03:09:40 PM »

Hey! I recognize that unmistakable view!  I grew up in that city.  Smiley 

Pretty winter garden!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 04:09:38 PM »

Hey-it's America's Peak!!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 06:19:45 PM »

Hey! I recognize that unmistakable view!  I grew up in that city.  Smiley 

Pretty winter garden!

Bigyellowtaxi, you stole my post!  I am in Larkspur - there just something unmistakable about that big ole mountain. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008 09:13:51 AM »

Of course as soon as that snow started to melt we got more snow last night Angry Angry Not too much and it gives me time to peruse the latest David Austin Rose catalog Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2008 10:30:30 PM »

The high winds took care of most of the remaining snow cover.

The bad plot, covered with cardboard and leafy mulch. The strawberries under the polyspun in the near corner are actually still green.


All of the plots are brown. My camera batteries gave out at this point, so I didn't get a photo of my other plot, but it just has some limp onions and a few scraggly herbs. Some of the horehound is holding on, as well as the rosemary and lavendar (this is the second winter for both).


What this summer's garden looks like right now:

consisting of:
pisum sativum (varietar for pea shoots)
yardlong bean (vigna unguiculata 'Sesquipedalis') var. Red Stripe Seed
chinese cabbage (brassica campestris var chinensis) var. Fong San Improved
Holy basil, red leaf (ocimum tenuiflorum Linn)
chinese cabbage (brassica campestric var chinensis) Frilled Leaf TW
chin-chiang cabbage (brassica campestric var chinensis) Green Baby
choy sum ((brassica campestric var chinensis)) Canton Extra Dwarf
gai lan (brassica oleracea alboglabra) Blue Star
chinese mustard (brassica juncea) Peacock Tail
thai chili (capsicum annuum)
oriental squash (cucurbita) Hybrid Baby Delica

I'll be getting some zucchini and other squash seeds locally, and buying tomato, tomatillo, artichoke, and maybe hot pepper (if I can find the varietar I want, and I usually can't) as small plants in May. Oh, and I need to order a lily, I'm going to try a miniature tub lily instead of lotus this year.  The dwarf papyrus is doing ok overwintering in my house, I think it might make it to spring.

In the meantime, I found a coffee carafe at the thrift store and am going to turn it into a mini terrarium.
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008 03:32:40 PM »

The snow is finally melting this weekend down here-we had the wind,too. It's great you got the rosemary to overwinter so far. I covered mine with a bucket during the deep freeze (along with hay mulch) and would love to see it survive.
My leeks are still in the ground and mulched-I'll dig them up soon.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2008 10:42:59 PM »

Woohoo, I found it!

Well, I'm starting my herbs in a big half barrel; Right now all I've got is parsley and some chives. I took both ends off a couple of coffee cans and I'm using those to seperate the plants and give them different heights. Tomorrow I'm going to start my cilantro and maybe some lavendar.


That big poof of green on the left is some buttercrunch lettuce and some spinach, which are going to get planted in the yard plot, except for the ones I'm going to try to raise as houseplants.



Nothing survived the winter but my patchouli plant, sadly, and he's looking pretty depressed right now.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008 04:34:06 AM »

Oooh, just seeing the herbs makes me itchy to start planting!!! I have a few little sprigs grown from seed that are in the window, but they're a LONG way from being edible.

I think most of my patchouli has made it out of winter alive, as has rosemary and lavender and two big bunches of flat-leaf parsley grown in pots on the porch. I had a Christmas surprise volunteer dill come up and I've been protecting it--and eating it--ever since. Otherwise, I'm herb-less, and sad about it.

Now I'm anxious to go spend the gift card to a great nursery that I got from hubby for Christmas! Smiley

Thank you for starting my morning with happy thoughts!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2008 02:06:54 AM »

Aw, I'm glad it brightened your day!
Something about little seedlings sprouting in my kitchen makes me feel all Mother Earth-y and happy too.
Of course, now the weather channel is saying high winds and heavy rain tomorrow, so I have to figure out a way to move that stupid heavy barrel INSIDE now... Angry
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2008 03:24:19 PM »

More pictures! First, here is my barrel:

You can't really see them, but the cilantro and dill in the far left coffee cans are starting to sprout. The basil's doing okay, and the chives. The little leaves growing wild are actually baby radishes & carrots; I forgot I planted them!
The pointy sticks are to keep the feral cats from pooping there.
Stupid cats.  Angry

Here is my lettuce & spinach.

They haven't really taken off like I'm hoping, but then it's only been a few weeks. I really like the raised beds...Didn't dig at all, just dumped some growing mix in there.

And here's the path I made with all the broken bits of concrete and rock we uncovered in the back yard.

I love the idea of a garden path, but I don't know that I'm in love with this garden path. Hopefully it'll look better once the plants start blooming.

We also planted some sugar snap peas by the porch, hopefully they'll climb up the railings and look pretty. We also planted some white pumpkin seeds by the hedge, I'll post pictures once they start to come up.
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2008 03:27:58 PM »

heh.  pointy sticks are my weapon of choice.  the cats don't like the points, and if you tie little flags to them, birds aren't going to bother your seeds/seedlings as much either.
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2008 09:11:38 PM »

fabulous!!  You can put pine cones and sprinkle red pepper flakes around to keep the naughty kitties out!!
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2008 02:01:58 PM »

I don't know if we can get pinecones here in south Texas, but the pepper's a great idea! It might even keep my kids from eating all the chives!  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2008 08:49:40 PM »

We have a few local cats in the garden, but they mostly go after mice and such. The deer, squirrels, raccoons, and bunnies are a lot more destructive  Tongue

I'm not planting anything for another month (and then only the cold weather stuff under cover), but the seed displays are in full force. I got lured in by the bright colors on the rack at McGuckins...


zucchini ("feed the neighborhood")
pumpkin "fairytale" (musque de provence)
kohlrabi "early purple vienna"
basil
winter squash "cream of the crop"
chili pepper "Kung pao hybrid"
plus some backup yardlong bean in case of a repeat of previous years' disaster
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2008 01:19:58 PM »

Time for an update!

My sugar snap peas have emerged:


As well as one little pumpkin sproutling:


My lettuce is FINALLY taking off:


And my patchouli continues it's slow decline.:


I nixed that pathway, and used to rocks to outline what will soon become my cucumber bed. I'll get some pictures when it's done.
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Looks lovely, Longelegantlegs! Here's a quick picture of mine, with a link that shows what's what.

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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2008 08:27:20 PM »

That is so beautiful and neat looking...Where did you get the wood? Did you have to have it cut special??
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2008 08:40:47 PM »

We got it at our Lowes down the road, it was outside with the garden stuff, not with the regular wood stuff. It was only like 3 dollars a board, awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2008 05:59:53 PM »

I had to wait for the snow to melt to go out and put up the tent today  Roll Eyes  It isn't safe for squash or tomatos around here until June...

The bad plot. I will have to remove the pine mulch from the entire plot later, right now it is holding down the cardboard.


Inside the tent. I put in three rows of snow pea shoots, plus purple kohlrabi and some mustard. I will put in more snow peas later, I don't like to have it all ready to eat at the same time.  Also, the water isn't on yet so I have to carry jugs in my car to water the seeds. I put the heavy row cover over the pvc to make the tent. There is cardboard under there, I put a bunch of soil and manure on top for the hungry choy.


The other plot. The salvaged onions are coming back, as is the horehound and mint. I think the rosemary may be dead. Oops!


Something coming up in the herb section.


Rhubarbs emerging. I removed the wood chip mulch and put down some light debris to protect them. They seem to be hardy, but get floppy and sad when it freezes after the leaves are big.


Not doing much else until the water comes on...
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2008 06:45:55 PM »

I'm going to have to do something like this for my plants tomorrow, it's going to freeze over night, was it difficult to set yours up? Any tips or tricks you could give a green (haha) gardener?
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2008 07:58:06 PM »

If it only rarely freezes and doesn't snap too cold, you could just throw some blankets or newspaper or something over the plants for a night. 

It is always cold here at night, and can freeze in June and September (usually freezes in Sept, actually), so mine is meant to take temperatures down into the 20s (and has worked overwinter with temps down to -10F). It also helps raise the humidity, which is often less than 20% around here.  I leave the tent on the big hoops up all summer, and just change out the row cover to a cotton gauze. The hoops are just pvc jammed onto rebar stakes.  The tiny hoops in the first pic are a torn apart wire fence thing, I put narrow row covers on top of those.
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2008 08:32:53 PM »

Thanks! I'm pretty surprised it's freezing this late in the year, here, so I might just use temporary bed sheets or something.   Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2008 08:19:48 PM »

Wow!! I've been offline awhile. I'll post pics tomorrow, but I'm afraid the garden is mostly dirt with chicken wire over it right now. The wire keeps the kitties out. I planted 3 types of peas, lettuce,sweet peas, micro greens, spinach,bok choy, radishes and blue potatoes outside and started 9 types of tomatoes and 6 types of peppers inside Tongue
The parsley is back,crocuses, MANY chives, scallions I planted in the fall.
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008 11:38:11 PM »

Balkandina - I'm so excited to discover a craftster I so admire lives so close to me!  I recognize that Peak, 'cause I look at every day from my own window, plus on the (long, yucky) drive to UCCS!  I love your garden-to-be.  I wish my thumb was a tiny bit greener, and our zone was a tiny bit warmer and easier to grow in.
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2008 11:58:47 PM »

i've got some stuff growing.  i can't wait til it can live outside!

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OMG, that is beautiful!
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hehe my tomatoes are totally blushing.
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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2008 07:07:33 AM »

Outside my backdoor last weekend.  All plants grown from seedlings, seeds or small plant myself, except the olive which I've had for 6 years and is 3 times its original size.
It is a work in progress as the side of the garage needs something which possibly is going to be raised beds with railway sleepers full of raspberries and other fruit/veg.




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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2008 06:01:43 AM »

In the herb patch:

featuring horehound, catmint, anise, onions, lavendar, something I forget, and stinging nettle (that I couldn't resist)

The first squash seedlings, from a japanese pumpkin variety


Baby leeklings in the leek bed


Dwarf lily, which has been struggling due to cold temperatures


Rhubarb in its third year, finally large enough to harvest


The bad plot, covered with cardboard and straw. I have a few tomatillos and tomatoes in the water walls, artichokes and squash seeds in the uncovered mounds.


Mice ate all my snow pea seeds and I had to replant. Only a few mustard seeds sprouted and immediately bolted. Some of the kohlrabi is hanging on, though
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