Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tomorrow is the First Day of March

Tomorrow is the first day of March. This past week, temperatures were hovering in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Doesn't look like it will get much above 30 today. Looking at the garden on this foggy, frosty morning I can't imagine that anything would venture to peek out.

Yet, there amoung the dead leaves of last summer's glory is the beginning of life in the garden.

Daffodils venture out, braving icy wind and snow. Undaunted by possibilities of frosted leaves, they push upward from still partially frozen ground.

Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. They are a signal of spring. To me they represent hope and perseverance in the face of adversity.

For more information about daffodils check out The American Daffodil Society's website: www.daffodilusa.org

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Repurosed Iron

What can you do with that pile of scrap iron? Repurpose it into garden furniture!!!

Gary, like most farmers, has a pile of scap iron. He thought about doing an iron scupture, and decided to build some furniture for around the fire pit. He wanted something that you don't have to take in during the winter and won't blow away. Don't think that iron rocker is going anywhere.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Class Plant Project

For the past couple years my students grew wave petunias for sale as a money making project. This year they are also growing geraniums, double petunias, tomatoes and peppers.

Geraniums are just starting to peek through the soil.

Tiny petunia plant

Keeping the tiny plants watered and happy. A growlight on a track provides adequate light for the growing seedlings. Light is a germination requirement for petunias.

Started petunias and geranium seeds February 9th. They are just starting to germinate. The petunias need light for germination so the challenge is to keep the soil moist. A clear plastic cover does the trick and still allows light to get through. Right now, the seedlings look like tiny leaves perched on hairs. Amazing that in just another month they will actually look like plants and by mid summer, they will spread to a diameter of about 3-4 feet.

Spring is Just Around the Corner?

Thought I smelled a hint of spring in the air last week, but had about a foot of snow over the weekend. So far it's staying in place - a beautiful crystal blanket covering the garden. Temps are still dropping into the teens, day temps are hovering in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Last fall I mulched the roses using shredded cardboard and wrapped them in burlap. I can't wait to find out if this helps with cane dessication that occurs due to temperature fluctuations and extreme cold winds.