Cultivating Knowledge in Mommy's Garden

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Seed Collecting

  Allium seed collection time
Look at all those!

July 30th Update

 Square foot garden
 Zucchini blossoms
Beautiful baby corn cobs!
 Front garden
 Front Garden
 Front garden
Perennial bed

Video Tour of the Garden

check back soon, trying a new editing program that is NOT easy!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How Our Garden is Growing

Herb bed- Through the months, first check in, nothing but weeds, second month - no pictures :(, third month, herbs established, forth month - fully grown, some blooming and some already to seed.

Perennial Garden -  Month 1 - weeds and initial growth, Month 2 - cleared out of weeds and can see the plants growing, Month 3 - healthy plants growing and looking good, Month 4- Wow!  Lots of color finally and growing very large!

 Corn - Month 1 - planting seeds, Month 2 - checking growth, Month 3 - measuring growth, Month 4 - look at it grow!

Dahlia Bed - Months 1 and 2- started in pots, Month 3 - border of marigolds planted, Month 4 - pretty plants!  (even one bloom that I didn't get a picture of)

Front Garden - Months 1 and 2- just a front yard... Month 3 - I really should do something with the front yard, lets put in a new garden!  Month 4 - needing a bit of work still, but looking good!
 New dahlia bed alongside driveway, no before pictures...

New flower bed, no before pictures

We've all learned a lot, the girls are helping with the weeding and the picking of flowers for arrangements.  What a wonderful project.
Thank you Homeschool Village for this project!

Garden Update


Will be updated soon

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Garden Challenge~Status Report and Giveaway!

Coloring flower pictures from our garden.  I made color sheets for the different flowers that we are growing and we talk about the flowers and then color them.  The girls LOVE this!

Why we haven't kept up on the blog...  This area was all grass a few weeks ago

The wall to finish for an additional flower bed... :)
To be planted in additional bed.

Perennial bed by playhouse, growing up nicely.

Herb garden filling in nicely.  We planted our lavender, chamomile and echinacea that we started from seed.

The iris and asparagus bed.  The iris are just starting to bloom, and the asparagus has gone to seed (second year only, so still another year before harvestable)

The girl's hanging baskets (baskets and liners at the Dollar Tree), trailing petunias.

We planted the border of marigolds yesterday.  Dahlias hanging out in the greenhouse waiting for the weather to improve.

Square foot garden, tomato, peppers and onions planted.
A dish???  We enjoy eating all of the things we grow directly out of the garden fresh.  But we will probably use the fixins for salad, and add the peppers and onions to chicken to make kabobs.
What I learned is that no matter the size of your garden, it's still a lot of work!  Also, I've tried to follow my book's advice and plant things on overcast days or when it is cooler in the evening, as not to stress the plants more than necessary.

I have too many Dahlia tubers (bulbs).  I will mail a handful of tubers to the winner.  
To enter simply comment on this post!
Extra entry to those who follow Mommy and Me Gardening, post a separate comment letting me know!
This giveaway will end on Memorial Day and tubers will ship out on Tuesday when the post office reopens :).

The handful will be a variety, but if you google dahlia images you'll get an idea of what you'll get.  The tubers will have eyes or sprouts, but probably not leaves (so they will survive shipping)

Pill Bug

We found a pill bug in the garden and tormented the thing for two days!  
 Selena with her "pet"  Pill Bug, Rose.
 Rose with Belle
 Rose's House
 Rose on the table
 Rose's Food Dish
 Goodbye Rose!
 Released back into the wild.