Gardening 101 Week 8

How’s everyone one doing? My tomatoes and broccoli are almost ready to put in the ground! According to my great grandma, one should plant on or around Mother’s Day. We almost have the garden ready, we need to use the rotor-tiller this week, or as my son calls it “the roller-tator”. This will get the ground nice and ready. I will also set my plants outside against the house so they stay protected overnight a few days before we plant just so they get a little use to the temperature changes that come with being outside.

 

Tomato (left), Broccoli (right)
Tomato (left), Broccoli (right)

 

The "Roller-Tator"
The “Roller-Tator”


We will put our walls of water up this week a few days before we plant as well. If you have never used walls of water before I highly recommend them. They are basically like small green houses for your plant. They keep the ground nice and warm and the area around the plant warm and help the plant get started off good. I use them for tomatoes and peppers. Everything else does ok on its own. They do take some patience setting up and the expectation that you will likely get at least a little wet. The nice thing about setting them up a couple of days before you plant, that if they are going to fall over at least they don’t fall over on your newly planted plants, and they get the ground nice and warm.

Walls of Water (image borrowed from google)
Walls of Water (image borrowed from google)

We cut the grass for the first time this week as well. Only our front yard needed it, but save those grass clippings, we spread them out in the garden to be tilled in, they have lots of nutrients. Throughout the summer we spread the grass all around our garden to keep the weeds down, and to hold the water in.

mowing the grass
Mowing the grass

I have to work on Mother’s Day this year, so my boys took me to the local nursery to pick out my gifts early this year. I got a hydrangea and a peony which I am super excited about adding to my flower garden. I also picked out and planted flowers in my flower pots for the back porch. My husband is going to do a small herb garden and so he picked out some and got those planted as well.

Herbs, Flower Pots, and my new Peony and Hydrangea
Herbs, Flower Pots, and my new Peony and Hydrangea

I don’t know if anyone else had crazy winds this week, but we finally had a non windy day and since everything was bone dry from the wind we ran the sprinklers a little extra one afternoon. Of course turning the sprinkler on is only an invitation for a certain almost-5-year old to run through. My husband joined him, and I actually wasn’t too far behind either!

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Next week we will talk about watering your plants, getting things planted, and non chemical pest control. Have a good week!

 

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