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January Garden To Do List

Here are a few items you need to do to prepare your garden in January if you want to get an early start on your plantings:

Plan your garden – What do you want to grow?  Are there any new varieties you want to try?  Where are you going to get your plants?

Order your seeds if you plan on growing your vegetables from seed.

Have your soil tested and add any recommend amendments to the soil as you prepare it (plow in the additives like lime etc.).  Your local county extension office can do the soil test for you.

If you use compost, now is the time to work it into your soil.

For those of you with limited space, now is the time to build any raised beds or square foot gardens if you plan on utilizing either this spring.  For more on square foot gardening check out this book and this book review.

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It’s Sunflower Time

This is my absolute favorite time of year…when it is well and truly summer.  Time for swimsuits and running through the sprinklers and for me, time for the sunflowers to bloom.  I watch expectantly every June for the first sign of color on my sunflowers.  For when they bloom, I know summer is really here and the squash and tomatoes will ripen very soon. 

Today has been a rainy summery day.  A nice summer rain is so purifying.  It cleans everything, and even though, it is blah and gray today, I know that tomorrow everything will be shiny green and so crisp and clean looking after the washing the rain gives. 

I have pictures of my first sunflowers and a few other things from my garden.  Hope you enjoy seeing my garden as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.  Happy gardening!

Garden in the Ground

clematis raised bed 1 potatoes and onions hydrangea All Blue Potatoes garlic and tomatoes red cabbage and red clover yellow squash raised bed 1 Black Krim baby tomato Compost piles I finally got everything planted and it is all looking pretty good.  I even have little tomatoes and little squash already.  I planted garlic for the first time last fall and it is all looking great!  I am very excited about harvesting it.  The flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing.  It has been a perfect spring around here – not too hot, not too cold, not too much rain – I am so grateful!  I keep having nightmares of the floods last year about this time.  The worse thing in my garden this year is my new lab puppy, Luke!  He stays out of the garden until I am out there and then he starts running in circles around me smooshing everything in his path.  He also starts eating the strawberries when I start picking them.  Despite Luke, everything is taking off.  Enjoy the photos and happy gardening in your own garden. 

Maybe Spring is here?

I keep trying to get out to the garden to work, but the weather has cooperated only sporadically.  I managed to plant some cabbage and onions a couple of weeks ago.  So far so good, if they dont rot from all the rain and snow!  I have my potatoes sliced and waiting for some dry weather to get them in the ground.  This year I am planting All Blue, French Fingerling and Red Gold.  The girls have already noticed the different colors these offer, so I am very excited about growing them. 

Life is busy as usual.  I am working very hard on a new community garden here in Claremore.  We won some grants, but are still waiting for the actual money to appear!  Once we get the financing we are on our way to a very beautiful and exciting gardening adventure.  To learn more you can check out my other blog at www.bluestarrcommunitygarden.com.  (And, no, starr is not mispelled.  Here in Claremore it has two r`s in reference to a name.)

Pray for warm, sunny weather, so we can actually get our gardens planted.  Happy Gardening!

Veggie Kabobs

Check out http://www.karensgardentips.com/recipes/recipe-vegetables-kabobs/ for some great suggestions on grilling veggie kabobs.

July Gardening Advice By Region

Here is a link to advice on what you should be doing and watching for in your garden in July.

http://learn2grow.com/regional/2009/07/regional.aspx?markref=rotor3-July3-9

Here are a couple of examples of what you will find (these are for the Southeast Region):

Continue to harvest vegetables in your garden as they ripen, and remember to share any excess produce – perhaps with a food co-op or shelter. (This is a thoughtful act of kindness, as well as a great lesson for the kids!)

Replace any annuals that perform poorly in high heat and humidity with more tolerant annuals. But be warned: Heat-tolerant plants don’t exhibit such tolerance until they’re well-established, so be sure to care for them well after planting!

Bugs are a big problem this time of year.  This site has a list of what bugs to watch for in each region as well.

Top Veggies For Beginning Gardeners

gardenWe here at the Charley’s Veggies blog have partnered up with the editors at AOL Home website Gardening page to provide information for gardening articles and pictures to help those who want to learn about gardening.

Helping people learn and be successful in the garden is the main goal of our Charley’s Veggies blog and this partnership will help us bring more information to you.

Click here to check out our first article on AOL Home Gardening.

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Veggie Garden Pictures

These pictures are from our neighbor’s garden – Darrel, Matt and Colby.  They grow these vegetables and take them to sell at the local farmer’s markets.  If you live in the Fort Smith, AR area, you can get their veggies at the Alma, Van Buren, Fort Smith and Greenwood farmer’s markets.

They stage their corn plantings.  These are the first and second.  When I took these pics last week, the 3rd hadn’t sprouted yet.

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Yellow straight neck and zucchini squash plants.

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Tomatoes

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Their second and third crops of veggies grown from seeds.

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Up next is a report on Charley’s corn, watermelons and purple hull peas.

The Kid’s Garden – Tying Tomatoes

The Kids’ Garden – Hoeing and Tying Tomatoes

I’d like to introduce Aaron and Alison.  They have a small garden they are growing this summer and selling the produce here at our greenhouses. 

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The tomatoes suffered through about 6 weeks of rain.  They survived but don’t look so good now.  A few weeks of sunshine and some TLC and they should perk up.

Here are some more pictures of Darrel, Matt and Colby’s garden:

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Here is my pathetic little garden:

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