Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's all about gardening these days

Been feeling a little bit better the past couple of days, with this virus/upper respiratory thing starting to break up, so I've been able to get in some more planting and other garden work at our son and daughter-in-laws place as well as ours. I over did it a few weeks ago which brought this virus thing back, so now I'm pacing myself a little more wisely.

Today has been one incredible day - calm sunny and in the 70's. All the outdoor furniture is in place, and the decking around the pool is pretty clean for the moment, but will be getting messy again once I start doing a more extensive cleanup in all the containers; but that job will have to wait a few days till we get past the cold and rainy spell arriving tonight.

I've been picking asparagus for over a week, the first beets have come up and most early plants are looking very good except my one cauliflower which looks like it's been discovered by slugs or some other leaf chewer.  I protected all cucurbits from early moths, using remay and didn't think those high raised beds would have slug or other similar critters in residence. I may have to go out there tonight with a flashlight and see if I can find the guilty party and send him to another dimension, or at least to another neighborhood.

 I also filled another new window box sized planter and planted cilantro, dill  and a few other things, hand watered and transplanted a couple of seedlings in the house nursery. There's more of those to do but it will be raining in the morning so my gardening will be indoors unless it clears. A cold spell is arriving tomorrow night with below freezing temperatures so I'll be out there covering some things in both gardens; but all in all I feel that even with losing so much time with a viral thing the past six weeks or so I have really gotten a good start on this years vegetable gardening.

All the lovely flowering cherry trees, forsythia, Bradford pears and daffodils are blooming in the valley. I do so love this time of year here in the Southern Oregon. Now that I've cleaned up, it's time for a margarita and some Mexican food.


  1. Glad you are feeling better! Would love to see some photos of your gardening methods. We are trying containers this year so we can chase the sun on our very shay piece of land here. Just waiting for ice to quit falling from the skies!

  2. Tracey, if you use the search box on my blog page I have some pictures of some of my container planting efforts on June 12, 16, 20, 2012.
    Are you signed up for I love it and my page has sections for container gardening with links to a lot of other peoples ideas and hints.
    Since I've been trying to get over this bug, I've been collecting a lot of info on Pinterest - everything from food and glaze recipes to gardening and pottery hints, etc. etc.
    Those earth boxes although pricy work very well. I even bought another one this year. They're on rollers; but if you are handy and have the tools, you can built your own boxes and put rollers on them. You can mix veggies and flowers in containers. The pretty red sails leaf lettuce always looks pretty in a planter with some annuals in between. Also, I'm finding that it's a good idea to mix perennials and annuals in the planters to make life easier every spring. A couple of my planters have uprightt rosemary in the center and then trailing lobelia or other trailing annuals on the outside. The shorter Cosmos worked well in planters for me. I even have a small shrub in one of my larger planters which is doing great. It's so big now I don't think I'll be planting any lobelia around the border this year. Check out Pinterest for all kinds of gardening ideas and hints. It's really great! You can add directories on your home page and reference them as needed.

  3. I thought I remembered some photos after I commented, thanks. Yeah, Pinterest, I am tempted but it would be a huge time suck for me, best to stay away :) thanks for the tips!

  4. Tracey, I just googles images for container planting and check out the link. Lots of ideas here: