Garden Update


When the bees start buzzing around, it is past time to get started with the garden. The photo above shows a bee that is finding something of interest on a peach tree.


Tomato seedlings are doing well. Notice that two of them are blooming already. They are growing in peat pots coconut coir pots. We use an Ikea serving tray to take them outdoors in the daytime, to harden off. It is still too early to put them in the ground, but we have raised beds ready for them. Today the high temp around here is supposed to get to 81F, but there are still freezing temps anticipated at night in the next few days. We could use a cold frame, but why take chances?



Above, are photos of two instances of Cooper's Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi). The proprietor ofa local garden shop (Enchanted Gardens) advised me about these plants a couple of years ago. She assured me that they were cold-hardy enough to survive the (zone 8) winters. The following winter, we had a brutal cold snap, and they died. I got more. This time, we did get some snow and mild freezes, a fairly typical winter in southern NM. One looks quite good; the other looked dead a few weeks ago, but is coming back nicely. By summer, both should have filled their respective pots. When they overflow, it will be possible to lay the trailing foliage in secondary pots. After giving the "runners" a chance to get established, they then can be severed from the mother plant. By placing pots next to each other, it is possible to clone multiple instances.

Likewise, if you put non-gardeners next to gardeners, you get more gardeners.

More like this

Yesterday, I spent a long time filling seed flats and pressing seeds into dirt - and then I took them outside and set them to germinate. The temps were hovering right around freezing, and there was light snow coming down - the perfect conditions for growing things. Or at least, for winter sowing…
It is hard as heck to imagine that one of these days, I'll be longing for a hot day again, and for the fresh food that accompanies it, but it always happens. It is also hard, deep in the dog days, to realize that right now is when you have to start thinking about your fall garden. That's probably…
In keeping with the reminder I got that I should back up a little bit, and present my ideas more coherently for those who haven't encountered them before, I thought I would add a post about why someone might want to start seeds, and how to do it, to supplement the posts on winter sowing and the…
The first thing you need to remember is to think ahead, and bring in the compost before three feet of snow and ice lands on top of it. That was my big discovery two years ago, and like so many big discoveries was a. unpleasant and b. completely obvious - in retrospect. Living in a linear society,…