Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

UPDATE…here is the fall harvest update for this year.


I’m ready, my friends. Seed catalog in hand (thank you Fedco Seeds, my long time seed partner). List at the ready. Online ordering up and humming. I’m off and running.

Here are my plans for this season, so follow along as I try to 1.) grow more fruits and vegs this year than last year’s weak offering. (2009 was a MUCH better year!) 2.) watch me fail at three or more new plants – I can NEVER get melons to grow in my garden. Ever. So I’m trying them in a pot, in the front of the house where they will have hot feet (driveway) and hot tops (southern exposure.) I’ll probably still fail. Sigh. 3.) Get in shape BEFORE the gardening season. That means = Yoga, Cardio and Strength training. Ugh.

What am I ordering this year? All OG please (organically grown). List includes:

Beans, Vermont Cranberry / BAD harvest
Beans, Taylor Dwarf / Sick of beans, let go to seed
Beans, Northeaster / Really sick of beans now
Beans, Kentucky Wonder (okay, not OG) / Really. sick. Of. Beans.
Corn, Ashworth OG (expecting this to be eaten by raccoons) / did not ave courage to plan
Melon, Jenny Lind (sucker) / really, this tried to grow, but pooped out late sept.
Cukes, Little Leaf / great little dukes
Cukes, Poona Kheera / lemony dukes, bright yellow
Cukes, Marketmore 76 / huge dukes, but a little woody
Zuchinni and squash – I haven’t decided yet / eight. Ball zuke, nice. Yellow crookneck, okay
Carrots, Tonda di Parigi (great in Minnesota) / oops. Forgot to plant.
Carrots, Nantes Fancy
Radishes, Cherry Belle / lots of leaves, no bulb
Radish, Easter Egg / see Cheryl belle
Onions – still considering seed versus last year’s bulbs / white and reds, but not doing well. Waiting for spring harvest. Will overwinter them.
Lettuce, Black seeded simpson
Lettuce, Salad Bowl
Lettuce, Tango
Lettuce, North Pole
Parsley, Gigante d’Italia
Broccoli, Limba (cutworms will kill this)
Celery, Ventura ECO/BD
Peppers, King of the North
Pepper, Purple Beauty
Pepper, Hot Mix
Tomatillo, Verde Puebla
Tomato, Garden Peach
Tomato, Black Prince
Tomato, Green Zebra
Tomato, Pink Brandywine
Tomato, Paul Robeson
Tomato, Pineapple (new to me!)
Tomato, Old German (new to me!)
Cherry tom, Be My Baby
Tomato, Heirloom Tom Mix
Tomato, Juliet (okay, its a hybrid. great for paste!!!)
Basil, Sweet OG
Cilantro, Caribe

And then am also ordering potatoes!
Organic Fingerlings, La Ratte
Organic Early, Dark Red Norland
Organic Mid-Season, Yellow Finn and Adirondack Red
Organic Late, Butte

That’s it. I’m tired already.


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Fall Bulb Time

Bulbs ready for planingSo fast my head spins arrive the bulbs I forgot I ordered. Now is the season for crinkly covered beauties – Allium, Daffodils, Narcissus, Oriental Lilies, White Garlic, Red Garlic, low border mixes and “Purple Sensation”.

To see them out of the bag is both disappointing and exciting. In my mind’s eye, I can see them next spring – the snow still on the ground in the northside, crocus popping up and a cool breeze combing through the remains of the landscape grass. And then these beauties, these lovely orange, gold and yellow circled beauties. Celebrating the spring as will I.

My daughter said that spring was her least favorite time of year, that fall, now, was her favorite. I asked her why and she said it was because its “all brown and wet and cold”. And she’s right, its all that.

But spring in Minnesota is also a trembling pale green sheen, that gently, softly creeps over the landscape. Its cold nights, wet mornings, cool afternoons of hard blue skies.

And its about watching the first allium poke their snoots out from the cold ground. The clover and the daffodils and the primroses unfurling like a rolled sail. Its blinking once and then – there – the first…whatever of the year.

Enjoy this putting-away time. Spring is just around the corner.

P.S. I get my fine bulbs from the Maine co-op at Fedco Seeds (and Bulbs, Potatoes and other things.) I like them a lot. They write black and white recycled paper catalogs and subversive diatribes on the dangers of GMOs. www.Fedcoseeds.com

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Its been a five months hiatus, but the Mishek Garden is back up and running! This year, I’m focused on some new veggies and fruit in my garden – corn (yes, I know, boring but I’ve never tried it!), gooseberries, plums and some new strawberry plants.

I’m also trying some new (to me) tomatoes, grown from seed. Garden Peach, Pink Brandywine, Paul Robeson, Black Prince, Green Zebra, Yellow Pear and Rose de Berne.

I’m also trying more flowers this year, including Impatiens from seed (“Super Elfin Mix”), African Marigolds, Blue Wave Petunias (off to a slow start) and an Autumn Beauty Mix Sunflower, which is supposed to be a short, vibrant yellow, orange and gold mixture.

I’ll be sharing more photos of my progress on all of these.

Lastly, as some of you dear readers know, I recently started a new job. Although I’ve kept up on my “inside” gardening – starting seeds, repotting, etc. – my “outside” gardening has suffered. I’m facing what feels like a yard of weeds, deer-eaten hostas and shrubs, and unfertilized roses and such. Now (finally) that the weather is working in my favor, I’ll be outside, which means more posts with more photos, but fewer “words”. I’m sure you’ll understand.

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cropped-greenhouse.jpg¬†Lately, I’ve been dreaming of a greenhouse. Not sure if its because of our cool, Minnesota spring weather, or simply the idea of gardening under glass, but I’m in love with this idea.

But if I’m going to do this, I need a plan. Picked up a couple of interesting greenhouse building books – but am really intimidated. I just want a simple, easy to maintain glass house that let’s me grow seedlings early, and grow lettuce and cold season greens over the winter.

More to come.

What’s planting?¬† I just planted my tomatoes and peppers this weekend with my daughter. She;s a great help in the garden! Planted them deep, with plenty of sheep composted manure. I’m lucky to have a local sheep farmer nearby that sells his manure. For local folks, check him out dpguertin@comcast.net. 1 yard for $40. Rich, composty, clean garden soil. LOVE IT!

My potatoes continue to sprout through my piling. Its getting that I have no more dirt to cover the green shoots. I’m told I can harvest the early potatoes end of June. Yeah – can hardly wait!

Sugar Peas are up but not blossoming yet, and pre-sprouted beans planted last weekend are popping up string and sure. I planted three types of beans – a dry bean for winter soups, a green bean for summer eating and freezing and combo bean for eating and drying if I miss a few.

My lettuce (leaf and head) are up and s-l-o-w-l-y growing in this cool spring weather. My brocolli needs thinning, as do the baby carrots. Radishes too.

Yikes! Time to get into the garden!

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What an amazing experience! Volunteered at the Friends Plant Sale, featuring thousands of new plants, heirlooms, exotics, rare plants – and every-year annuals! Those who know me know I’m a sucker for a cool looking plant.

Runs Mom Day Weekend. Here’s a link to their information site. http://www.friendsschoolplantsale.com/

Here: new Dwarf Lilac “Josee” for $4 (I think).

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With cup of steaming coffee in hand (and spilling over onto my boot-clad feet), I played detective this morning to find the newest emerging plants. Here’s a quick gallery. My forsythia is finally blooming, after two long years of waiting. Daffodils from our former St. Louis garden are dividing each year into lovely clumps and clusters. They are fragrant, with a sweet light lemony scent. And primroses – a gift from my Mother-in-law – will soon bloom red. For now, their fuzzy bright green leaves are a welcome spring sight.

I never planted for spring before this house, never really planted for the four seasons. Now, with longer winters and shorter warm season, I plant for year round interest, for even in winter red-twig dogwoods and the orange-white plumes of pampas grass are more compelling than winter white.

Gardening thought: time to plant flowers indoors.

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