Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Morning Glory

When we decided we wanted to make part of the patio more private (it's ground level in our building, and open on the left and top) I did some research and came to Morning Glory. Growing about 10 ft with large heart shaped leaves - the flowers were just a bonus. The variety I chose is Ink Spots, a newer variety that has shades of purple and white. I was going to plant them on the 16th when I planted the vegetables, but I forgot to soak them. Soaking them over night it supposed to speed up germination, so I popped them in the bowl of water and left them until the next day.
On the 17th I planted them in the same seed tray as the veggies, watered them, put the dome on top and went on.
I try really hard to not look at the seedlings 5 times a day waiting for one to pop, I get impatient. So when I sneaked a peek on the 19th I was shocked, and excited to see this:

And this morning even more shocked to see THIS:
The above picture is of my Morning Glory seedlings three, you read it correctly THREE days after being planted :) Exciting to say the least!

My Thyme seeds have also popped today! However their seedlings are very tiny, I don't think my camera would capture it properly.

Yesterday was me and K's 2nd anniversary. He is so wonderful. He brought me a bouquet of bright gerbera daisies, and some seeds so we can plant them together and enjoy them longer - I think that is so romantic :)
He also brought me Final Fantasy Origins (yes I am a gardener, a knitter, and a nerd). We had a perfect day, followed by a perfect dinner. I've never been so happy in my life.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sown Seeds

We went to Halifax Seed this morning to get some seed cells, earth, and seeds.
We got Nantes Scarlet Carrot, and Giant Valentine Tomato seeds. We also got white onion sets.
Today I planted the carrot, tomato, cherry tomato, thyme, oregano and sweet basil. I had some pansy seeds from last year left over so I planted some of those too :)

The top picture is the seeds, and the bottom picture is the larger onion sets. I left some cells empty so i can stagger the carrots. Can't wait for things to start popping up! Should be within 2 weeks or so :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Garden Planning Begins!

So I did some reading... and this is what I came up with.

Vegetables that grow best in Zone 5/6
brussel sprouts
sweet potato
winter squash
summer squash

Vegetables that grow best in Zone 5/6 in containers
brussel sprouts

From that list, vegetables I want to grow:

From the list I want to grow, how I plan to grow it, the size container I will need, and recommended varieties:

5 Gallon Window box
Buttercrunch,  Little Gem, Bibb

5 Gallon Window Box
White Sweet Spanish, Yellow Sweet Spanish

1 plant, 5 gallon pot
3 plants 15 gallon tub

1 plant, 5 gallon pot
Early Girl, Giant Valentine

5 gallon window box, at least 12”deep
Nantes Scarlet

Supplies needed for this garden:
  • 5 Gallon Window Box x3 (1 for lettuce, 1 for onion, 1 for carrot)
  • 15 Gallon tub x3 (1 for 3 broccoli, 1 for big tomato, 1 for small tomato)
  • Tomato cage x2
  • watering can
  • hardware cloth to protect (see last years garden!)
  • vegetable seeds/transplants/sets

Bonus Herbs! :)
If I've got room (it's a small deck) and time I really really want to have a large pot with multiple herbs in it - these are the ones I chose:

We're making a trip to Halifax Seed tomorrow to see if we can cross any supplies off the list. I think it's going to be a bit too early for the good stuff :) But I'm on vacation until the 25th, so hopefully I'll have something to garden!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Apologies...

for the sporadic posts...
It's a rainy windy day here in Dartmouth today. I've got bird feeding and gardening on the brain. Last year was successful for what is was - impulsive! :) So I'm hoping to plan it a bit better this year. One thing I'm finding is that even though on their own; container gardening, Nova Scotia, and backyarding with an apartment are all popular - it's difficult for me to find information on those things combined. I'm very lucky to have an apartment with an actual yard - it's too bad I can't dig it up as I please :) so my garden has to be quite flexible.
Heres how I plan to achieve this, and if you are reading this maybe help you as well if you want to have a small flower/vegetable garden, in containers, in an area with short growing season :)

First -  decide what I want to have in my yard.
what kind of vegetables
what kind of flowers
what kind of decor
what kind of bird feeding
how much space to dictate to each

Second - research and planning
Find out about my growing zone (mainland Nova Scotia seems to fall between 5a and 6a) which flowers and vegetables will do best, and when to start them indoors or outdoors.
Last year I just planted whatever I wanted. Some hits, some misses.

Third - Shopping
I'm lucky to have a Kent Building Supplies with a huge garden centre steps from my apartment. Although some of their summer staff are lacking in knowledge, the senior staff are fantastic and helpful. I can't speak for all Kent stores, but the one at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is perfect for any gardener and bird watcher. Bird feed, feeders, seeds, transplants, pots, earth, everything with reasonable prices on top of it all.

Forth - Plant!

To be Continued.....