Gardening

Bare Root Dwarf Fruit Trees

We picked up 6 Dave Wilson Dwarf bare root fruit trees from our local nursery including : 1 Double Delight Nectarine 1 Pink Lady Apple 1 Granny Smith Apple 1 Black Tartarian Cherry 1 Bing Cherry 1 Craig’s Crimson Cherry

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Dave Wilson Dwarf Nectarine Tree

First year for fruit trees! We picked this Dave Wilson double delight dwarf nectarine bare root and multiple other fruit trees up before we had their permanent home prepared. They’re living temporarily on the enclosed deck in heavy duty peat pots until fall.

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Miner’s Lettuce

While doing some brush clean up I found a few attractive ground covers which seem to be thriving with no human attention. I took pictures with the intention of later doing some research to identify them.  A few nights later while watching a TV show I stumbled on the answer- …

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Growing Onion Sets

It is now the end of March and seeds are in the ground! Starting this growing season we’re still limited to 1 raised bed. The rest of the garden wont be prepared for another couple of weeks. Not wanting to miss out on valuable growing time the existing bed  was …

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Planting Blueberries

Our recent trip to the local nursery found us bringing something home that wasn’t on our list. These beautiful flowering Monrovia Jubilee and Misty Early Season Blueberries caught our eye. These varieties are southern highbush blueberries, which have been adapted to withstand the hot summer months in the south and grow well in …

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Planting Fall Bulbs Update

We are nearing the end of March and now have blooming naturalizing daffodils and grape hyacinths! The daffodils and hyacinths began popping up a few weeks ago and bloomed earlier this week. The deer have feasted on the hyacinth foliage as well as the tulips which I’ll post  in a …

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Planting Fall Bulbs

A lone yellow daffodil that sprouted through the wandering ground cover last spring gave me some motivation to plan a fall bulb flower patch our first fall season living in our house. It is a miraculous site in the gloomy days of early spring when its still too cold to bask in …

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Forcing PaperWhite Narcissus Bulbs

While at the local nursery I found some PaperWhite bulbs 50% off and decided it would be a good way to add some life indoors during the dreary winter months. This was a quick project; I just added a layer of pebbles to some pots, added soil, mixed in a …

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Storing / Saving Seeds

With the end of the gardening season near we’ve started saving some seeds from our heirloom veggies. Next year we will plant a mixture of new store bought seeds and saved seeds from our first year garden.

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Dallas Red Lantana

This is my favorite non fruit producing plant we have this year. The dallas red lantana with its stunning vibrant blooms has been extremely low maintanance.

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Vegetable Garden Status

We are finally enjoying the fruits of our labor! We’ve learned the harvesting season is much later (as expected) up here than down in the valley. The average daily temperature is still in the high 80’s to mid 90’s with evening temps averaging in the low 60’s and a few …

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Picking Blackberries

Well its mid-August and we finally have a steady supply of ripe delicious blackberries. We have cut back and ripped out a large quantity of the berry bushes during our clean-up efforts.

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