Saturday, April 17, 2010

HUGE Giveaway!!!

Get your butts over to Double Danger and enter their encore giveaway (THIS WEEKEND)!
Seriously, look at what is up for grabs:

Encore Garden Giveaway #1 - Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew Soil Conditioner Tea (3 winners)

Encore Garden Giveaway #2 – Annie’s Goat Hill Soaps

Encore Garden Giveaway #3 – Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting

Encore Garden Giveaway #4 – F-F-F-FISKARS IS BACK (3 winners)

Encore Garden Giveaway #5 – Your Favorite Nursery - Annie’s Annuals (4 winners)

Encore Garden Giveaway #6 – Corona Garden Tools (5 winners)

Encore Garden Giveaway #7 – Ethel Gloves

Encore Garden Giveaway #8 – Felco Pruners

17 winners with this one - Holy cow!! Hurry up, get over there and enter!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daff And Tulip Update

Well, they're still confused.
Poor things.
Most of the daffs are thinking about it.


But the tulips are already way ahead.



Even the azaleas think it's time!


I hope this wackiness sorts itself out. And soon!

Happy (weirdo weather) Growing!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Tuesday Chuckle


Got ten minutes for some tomfoolery?

Go ahead, try this Garden Puzzle.

It's another time waster - have fun!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ugly Pea Trellis

Brrrr . . . it's 31F out there right now.
Yesterday, the weather was finally nice enough to get a few things accomplished.

We got the pea trellis up and the peas planted - all two thousand of them (we've found they do much, much better when crammed on top of each other, as do the peppers (yes, it works!)) - and three rows of onions are in. The onions never did get their second haircut, but that's ok.

Since it's black, you can't really see the old bird netting we used in this picture, but it works a peach.


We chose 'Early Frosty' to trial this year since it's one we haven't yet grown and we haven't really been impressed with the 10 or so other varieties we've tried over the last 25 years.

"64days. Frosty produces a prolific yield of tightly packed 3.5" pods with medium-size peas. A distinct improvement over Little Marvel because of uniformity and higher number of peas per pod. It has a greater number of pods per plant as well. Plants are about 28" tall and have many double pods resulting in almost twice the yield of Little Marvel. Uniform dark green shelled peas are tender and sweet, both for fresh and frozen uses. The best early peas for home garden planting."

Sounds good, right?

Just like every year, the trellis looks ugly now (hey, you gotta do what you can with what you've got), but it'll look fab covered with pea pods! You won't even be able to tell what's under there by the time we're harvesting and freezing them.

Happy (ugly trellis) Growing!