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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – May 6 Update

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2018 Intro – Here I Come! | Seeds! | Seeds, Round Two! | Feb. 3 Update | Mar 11 Update

Whew it’s been a while, but here’s an update! Really though, I’ve been working on this update for over a month, and I keep coming back and adding more, and putting off publishing it because of the work involved in the images (I like to resize them so they don’t use all my media storage on WP). Here’s a quick video update of the garden from April 23:

And a video from May 6:

I’ll eventually get the images added to this post, but if I don’t publish it now I never will. I think the fact I’ve been up to doing video updates but not blog posts shows that the same way doesn’t always have to work every time. I hope you enjoy getting to see the garden and how it’s doing.

On March 30 I DID A LOT in the garden.

I purchased this, a 2 pack of 50″ diameter 12″ deep plastic planting bags (way cheaper than the fabric ones), and filled it with 9 1.5 cu ft bags of gardening soil. Then I transplanted a zucchini plant, two eggplants, and planted seeds for 2 yellow squash plants, one more zucchini plant, and several marigolds and nasturtiums. The transplanted eggplants seem to be doing okay, but the zucchini not so much. The yellow squash and zucchini seeds have sprouted, as have the nasturtiums (but not the marigold). The second one I’m not filling right now. Maybe in the fall or next spring.

I also filled 4 5-gallon buckets and 8 5-gallon fabric planters with soil, and transplanted 2 of each of the following plants: beefsteak tomatoes, red cherry tomatoes, Yolo Wonder bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, cayenne peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Just a few days after doing this we had a cold front come through with strong winds and a day of at-freezing temperatures with rain, but the plants seem to have survived. An old fence panel fell on some of the peppers, with one Cayenne pepper taking the bring of the fall. But it’s still green, and it has a baby pepper on it, so I think it’ll pull through. I’m not sure if the tomatoes are doing well or not, I guess time will tell.

I also planted several flowers along the back of the house. The cosmos and allysum have survived and flowered a little, and the snapdragons look pretty good but still small/not flowering. It also looks like the seeds I’ve planted are sprouting. I also received some canna bulbs from a family member, and they’re shooting leaves up from the ground now too.

Written out, that sure doesn’t seem like much, but it was a whole day’s worth of work!

My greens bed seems to be doing… half-well? The arugula and kale have really taken off, but I’ve only got like 3 (out of 8) lettuce still trying and only 1 spinach, which seems to be getting eaten by something. The broccoli plant hasn’t done much but the cauliflower has put on several more leaves. And the baby onions… I’m not sure if something is eating them or they’re just not doing well. They’re still green and trying but some are broken and I just haven’t really seen any progress. As of May 6, the arugula has started bolting and I don’t think I’ll see anything but greens from the cauliflower, but I think it was worth the try.

The peas are doing alright, I think, and I’ve used some old branches to give them something to climb. They are now flowering and making pea pods!

My onion plants (planted from pantry onions that began growing inside) are GINORMOUS and soon to flower. My sage (started last year, survived the winter) is blooming and looking very good.

I’ve eaten a few sweet strawberries from my plants already, and there’s a wild dewberry bush by the back door that I’m keeping an excited eye on. However, something gets to about half of my strawberries before I do, and while I was thinking it might be slugs…one day I went out there and the strawberries were still juicy like they’d been eaten recently, and there were giant drops of strawberry juice on the leaves…do rats do this?

I’ve also had some flowers from previous years come back and bloom!

I noticed some (A LOT) of ants in my potato plants. My guess is that they are after the aphids and their sticky stuff. I guess that’s my next thing to figure out how to deal with. After a little while, the ants seemed to have disappeared. I’m not sure if I should be more relieved or worried.

In some ways I still feel so new to gardening. I feel like an imposter. I see other people’s pictures and how tightly placed and green and lush their plants look. Am I doing something wrong? Starting my plants too late or spreading them out too much? Starting some of them too early? Not watering right? I guess it’s all learned in experience, and I don’t have much of that yet.I get started with so many plans and so much excitement, but it doesn’t feel like anything pans out the way I’m hoping.

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – March 11 Update

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2018 Intro – Here I Come! | Seeds! | Seeds, Round Two! | Feb. 3 Update

Hey There! I know I’ve been a little quiet on the garden front this past month, life gets hectic sometimes. But now I’m here for a quick update!

I added a second grow light to my seed starting area when I realized how leggy they would be if I didn’t. I feel like it’s just right now, and adjustable for the different stages the seedlings are in.

I have cleaned out several of my buckets and mixed some new soil and gotten them ready for planting!

March 6 I planted greens into my large fabric container. These include kale, several kinds of lettuce, arugula, and spinach. In the container is also a cauliflower seeding, a broccoli seedling, the yellow spanish onion seedlings, and carrots. Sugar Snap Peas also went into containers this weekend. I had planned on planting more cole crops and green arrow peas, but I decided to hold off on those for now.

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Large fabric bed (3 ft diameter) planted!

I also had to move the larger seedlings (tomatoes, peppers) into larger containers, QT kids cups with holes in the bottom. There are several more that still need to be moved up.

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Took these out from under the grow light for easy watering. Look how green they are!
Pepper plant showing signs of flowers
I think this jalapeno plant is ready to put out flowers! Eep!
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Strawberries can’t wait for Spring either!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out! Feel free to ask if you have any questions 🙂

❤ Julia

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – Feb 3 Update

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2018 Intro – Here I Come! | Seeds! | Seeds, Round Two!

If you’d like to see, here’s the doc I’ve been using to keep track of planting/tasks/results.

And here’s the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension recommended cultivars list I reference for dates and such.

Hey there! Just thought I might give a quick update on the seedlings and what’s coming up soon.

My seedlings were getting leggy and I realized my light was probably too far away, so I lowered it and am hoping that it will help. Maybe not the already leggy ones, but those that haven’t had time to become leggy at least might have a chance.

Here’s what I have sprouted: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cabbage, Cayenne Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, Yolo Wonder Pepper, Sweet Banana Pepper, Dill, Oregano, Basil, Beefsteak Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant, and Onion. It’s so exciting to come in after being asleep all night or gone all day and find what new seed has sprung from the ground!

I’m planting just a couple more broccoli and cabbage plants today. I have 3 of each sprouted, and for my garden that would be enough, but I’m thinking it might be a good idea to have a couple of extras hanging around. I decided not to.

Next weekend marks 6 weeks until last frost date, and I have quite the list of things to start! I’m starting to worry I may need another grow light and some more shelf space! I also have a couple of things to plant outside if the weather isn’t icky. {Feb 4 update: I’m actually not starting that much next weekend. Most of the list was greens to transplant outside, but due to my limited space I’m only going to sow those directly outside. I will start a tray of herbs, a tray of flowers, and a tray of tomatoes. Outside it’ll be time to plant cauliflower, cabbage, and peas.}

In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited about the garden this year.

Are you growing anything? Share it below 🙂

❤ Julia

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 — Seeds, Round Two!

Okay, time for seeds, round two! This time, at 8 weeks before frost date, I have planted another set of seeds from last time (link here) plus the following:

  • Beefsteak Tomato
  • Red Cherry Tomato
  • Spineless Okra
  • Calabrese Broccoli
  • Red Acre Cabbage
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Parsley (Italian flat leaf)
  • Sage
  • Basil (Genovese)

I uh…might have mixed up the labels, so I won’t know if I did or not until they grow enough to tell what they are. And a cabbage seed fell into one of the broccoli cells, so I guess I’ll see what happens there. Other than the super-uber-tiny seeds like Oregano, I tried to only put one seed per cell so I didn’t have to choose between too many plants. Now it’s time to continue the waiting game.

 

I’ve also been comparing my seed packet info to that on the Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension page of Recommended Cultivars (link). So far, most of it matches up, but I have a couple of things TAMU says can go out a bit earlier. I figure if that’s hitting my state rather than trying to cover whoever might have bought the seeds, I’ll go with that info. This site also has pdfs for the home gardener for information on varieties, how to grow, problems you might encounter, and harvesting information.

I’ve been planning out what is going to go where in my garden. I enjoy this a lot. I like writing/drawing it all out and seeing what I might need when and predicting any problems that might come up with space. For example, I have a 3′ diameter grow bag that I will be using for my greens. However, based on the maturity times and when I need to plant other things, it could potentially go unused over the summer. I’m working out what I might can put there, but it’s nice to know exactly what spaces I have and if issues like that might arise.

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Drawing out what goes in which container

I have a Google Doc that I’ve been using to plan, and I plan to use it to keep a journal of sorts of my garden this year. I’ve thought about sharing it, so you can see what all I’ve been up to and what I plan to do and when and whatnot. Is that something you’re interested in? Of course, I plan on being much more on with updating this info in the blog, so I don’t know there’s much that won’t be shared here.

I’m super excited about this year, and I hope it turns out to be a good one. One of the things I need to learn is how to use my vegetables once I’ve harvested them. Herbs are something I have zero idea about (who knew they didn’t grow already packed in jars ;-P). Eventually I hope to be able to grow enough food to reliably supplement our groceries and also to preserve some for later use.

Is there something about my gardening journey you’d like to know about? If so, let me know! Or, share a link to your own!

❤ Julia

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#GardenWithJulia — Update 2

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Hello there!

Well, I know I haven’t done nearly as well as keeping you updated on the garden this year, my apologies. Here’s my first update, and here’s where things are now. Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia — Update 2”

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#GardenWithJulia – Winter Sowing Update 2

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Ok, I’m gonna be honest here–I stopped checking on and even thinking about the winter sowing project once I had plants in containers. I’ve managed to transplant the oregano, sage, and thyme, but the thyme has withered. Look what I found when I decided to snoop around.

A marigold in bloom

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Rosemary!? (I’ve yet to successfully get this to grow from seed, so I’m not 100% on this)

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A pepper plant?

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Tomatoes!

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And here’s all the containers.

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Are you trying a garden this year? How’s it going?

 

❤ Julia

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#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Update

Hello, Julia here! Wow, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get this post up. It’s the end of April, and here’s what’s going on in my garden. Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Update”

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#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing Update

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Hey there! This is just a short little update on my winter sowing experiment. Here’s a short live video I did on Periscope.

Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing Update”