6 more weeks of winter. .
I'm thinking. .
6 more weeks of THIS winter, such as it has been. .
won't be that bad!!
Here's a little gardening post to get us all excited about spring!
My little cherry tomatos made it!! I picked 2 yesterday (you can see several ripening behind the red one). I ate the first one. .and it took all the power I had in me to share the second little morsel with the love of my life. I think I have mentioned before that I am not generally a fan of plain, raw tomato. But I wanted to sample this one because it is a different variety. W-O-W!!! This was BY FAR. .the best, sweetest tomato that I have EVER tasted. .EVER! So, I am guessing that this is the variety "Sweet baby" tomato. I was glad to see an abundance of tomatos on this plant. .and two other plants with similar tomato clusters. I may not share any of the rest!
It won't be long now, until we get to sample this variety too. .it's not a huge tomato. .but one that could be sliced and shared. .or made into a great BLT.
So far, these tomatoes that are good for our summer garden here in Kansas. .already have more tomatoes on them than the determinate varieties I have grown the last 2 years. I went the determinate route early on because those varieties were better suited to a cooler, shorter day climate. .one I thought would be something to think about in a winter greenhouse situation. I think I will get rid of those leftover seeds. .and just go this route from now on!! It seems to be working well!
Here's a look at the south side of my greenhouse. The empty pots once held the tomato plants that succumbed to the very cold nighttime temp we had in the greenhouse last fall. .before we had thought to turn on the outdoor wood-stove that heats both our house and the greenhouse. The chard is doing well. Difficult to see are the chives sitting in the midsection of one of the pots, a couple of small pepper plants, the tub of parsley sprouts, and a volunteer petunia. .now planted with some tiny purple basil sprouts. Also, are all the little trees I got from the Arbor day foundation. .3 of which have started leafing out. Then maybe I can tell what they are. .another long story!
The lettuce that Grant and I planted will be ready for harvest soon. The right side is a mild mesclun mix. .and the left pot has a lettuce mix. I think I will try planting some into the garden next month too. .I have never tried lettuce outside.
While in my greenhouse, I fixed a couple more jugs of seeds in the hopes that as conditions of spring arrive, they may sprout their little selves in my jugs! I know others have had good luck. .but I've gotta admit. .I'm skeptical!! I have been dragging my greenhouse hose around the side to squirt in some water periodically. I've got several different flower varieties out there now. .including several varieties of agastache, denver daisies, cherry brandy rudbeckia, columbine, red oriental poppy, moonflower, some morning glory, Love lies bleeding and kiss me over the garden gate. .two that I haven't had good luck with before. .but also not realizing that their seed needs to be chilled, or stratified. Some of the seeds I have saved to start the way I know how. .in flats under lights!! With any good luck. .I'll have an abundance of little plants!
Here is my little heavenly bamboo (nandina) bush looking the best it has since I bought it about 5 years ago. I finally moved both bushes in May, from the north side of the house, to the edge of the driveway in a warmer, sunnier spot near the rock wall. They thrived through the drought and heat. .and with the little display of red leaves in still going on in February. .I can hardly wait until it has about 6 feet of growth on it. .It will be a great winter interest plant! Plants are just like people, in that, their lives are sustained given food and water and they exist. .but they don't thrive until their conditions are right!!
And, last but not least, daffodil shoots coming up. I found some hyacinth shoots, and grape hyacinth shoots. .and even a small stand of tulips. With the 200 bulbs I planted last fall. .I am sure they are just a few of what is to come!! It's a great start anyway!!
To grow a garden shows your belief in tomorrow!!
We never know how many tomorrows we have left. .and if I only have a few. .someone will enjoy my garden in my memory. .even if it isn't me!!
Enjoy a blessed week full of God's great creations!! We're on the downhill slope until spring!!