Saturday, August 22, 2009

Green Love!

Summer days are few now, but we keep our shop
feeling like summer after we harvest all of our
lime green 'Annabelle' Hydrangeas!
Wreath making wouldn't be the same
if I didn't have these lovely and oh so elegant
globes of green!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Patiently Waiting ......

while my mouth is watering as I ad this post!
This is the first year I have ever grown large type watermelon.
I never thought I could grow them big. I wasn't sure what to
feed them or how often and watering was also the question at hand.
I started these from seed in a large hill approx. 36" wide and 8 inches high.
I used the lasagna gardening technique and layered composted leaves, grass clippings
and compost. I planted the seeds in this mound of gold and watched and watered when dry.
I fertilized with fish emulsion every 14 days and stopped when the melons started forming.
I never once had any bugs or mildew issues and the foliage looks amazing!
The melons are getting larger every day and I am guessing a few weigh approx. 10 lbs right now
and they are still growing! I haven't had organic watermelon since I was a kid.
My kids are hooked after watching this process. They want to grow an entire field!
Maybe we'll just grow 10 plants next year instead of just 5!
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