How Does the Garden Grow?

| 6/2/2013 9:16:47 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveI expect most of you have much planted in your gardens by now.  I'm still in the process of planting.  I have my tomatoes and green peppers planted and one patch of sweet corn planted.  The weather here has still been in a rain cycle.  May brought us 17 days of rain.  Fortunately it wasn't deluge down pours but gentle rain.  It made for difficult times to find the soil dry enough to work and plant.  The Urban Ranch (my back yard) garden beds are fully planted and the radishes, lettuce, bush beans, cabbage, and broccoli are looking fairly good but the cool temperatures are impeding the growth curve.  The predicted low for tonight is 48 with 70 degrees and cloudy tomorrow.  We're not seeing much sun even on the days of no rain.  It's a very unusual year that's for sure.

Rugosa Rose Bushes 

The long awaited Rugosa Rose bushes arrived last week.  My grandson was so excited about receiving a package in the mail.  Many times his Granny from Texas will send him packages so his first thought was that the package was for him.  I explained that it was Rose bushes that I had ordered for Terra Nova Gardens.  We commenced to open the package and when the bushes were removed, you could see the bewilderment on my grandson's face.  He said, "Grandpa, you bought a bunch of sticks?"  He make be belly laugh.

This order of bushes started way last year.  After not receiving my bushes by the middle of June, contact was made with the company.  They informed me that the time for shipment of such things was past and returned my money.  This year I ordered the bushes in February and sent them a reminder note every month until the middle of May at which time they sent the order.  I guess the squeaky wheel really does get the grease.   The order was for 21 bushes and they actually sent 27.  After a few hours of soaking in the blue barrel you see in the picture, the bushes were mucked into semi dry soil with a dowsing of root stimulator.  I haven't been back to Terra Nova Gardens for a few days due to rain and a croupy cough (bronchitis) so I hope they are doing OK.  I'm now on antibiotics and cough medicine which seem to be breaking it up.

Making a letter stencil 

Here you can see the artist (pun intended) at work. The rainy days are perfect for working on my fence panel letter stencils.  I've found the best way to be consistent in the lettering of the fence panels is to make stencils to trace.  The one that is being worked on here is the letter "N" for the word Garden.  It's the last letter needed to finish the panel with the word "Garden" on it.  Only one more painted panel after the "Garden" panel and this side of the fence will be completed.  On the last painted panel, the plans are to just have flowers along the bottom and a sun up in the corner.  One of my penpals (yes, I still write and send letters) suggested this last panel should have butter flies on it.  I thought that was a great idea and I'm researching just how to do that.   The other two sides will be unpainted panels so they should go up faster.  I'm trying to get the area fenced in before the sweet corn matures or else the night shade critters will strip it clean again this year.

6/21/2013 2:47:35 AM

Mary, I'm feeling much better. I got some high tech antibiotics that worked. It seems this crazy weather has stirred up something in the air. Have a great day.

Mary Carton
6/15/2013 12:41:22 AM

Dave we went from cool to August in one week, Half of my row of corn came up, other half drowned again, but at least I have something coming up. Hope you get to feeling better. That's been going around here also.

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