Lacey’s Garden

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. 

Finally! Spring is Here

 

 DSC02815Finally! 

Everything finally got dry enough that I could plant my potatoes.  I think I sat on the potatoes for 2 weeks before I was able to get to the garden when it was still dry.  It seemed during those 2 weeks that every time it was dry enough to plant, I had other commitments, and then it would rain. So it all worked out last week and the potatoes are now in the ground.  I planted

baby spinach and lettuces, too.  This weekend was spent trying to find places to plant my flower seeds – zinnias, mostly, and some marigolds, cosmos, a little cilantro, cockscomb and scarlet poppies.  I’m finding that I am a compulsive seed buyer, and saver, and between the two, I have seeds enough for five acres while living on a 1/4 acre!  I keep hinting to my very patient husband that maybe we could plant corn and okra and the rest of my flowers in the front yard.  He hasn’t directly said no, so maybe…

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!

Lacey’s Garden – Tomatoes, Squash, Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Howdy folks.  It has been a while.  Not too much to report…my garden is growing lush and green.  I think some of the tomato plants are as tall as I am!  I planted fall tomatoes for the first time ever.  So far so good.  I tilled up an area of the yard that had been covered by a brush pile.  I added compost from my compost pile and manure to the soil so they should be happy there. 

I am getting one squash about every four days; though they are starting to produce a little more now.  Still no big ripe tomatoes; the black cherry has been giving one or two ripe ones every week.  Today there were five ripe ones on it for the first time.  Those do not even make it to the table…they are so tasty we eat them immediately!  The girls found the watermelons that are coming on; Clara is very excited about them. 

We have had some of the most beautiful butterflies visiting- swallowtails of all colors. Whenever I run out there with the camera, they fly off, so no pics yet.   I do have a photo of a swallowtail caterpillar that ate up all my dill (which is one of the reasons I planted dill).  Hummingbirds have been showing up, too, after the bee balm.  Yesterday, one hummingbird flew within 3 feet of my oldest daughter while she stood quietly in delight watching it.  It was not afraid of her at all.  It was a marvelous thing to see and share with her.  And all because of our garden!

I have a few different volunteers coming up and I am going to leave them to see what’s what.  One is a pumpkin and the other is either a squash or a cucumber.

I hope all of you are receiving a bounty of goodness from your gardens. 

ripe blackcherry tomato  vigorous tatume squash

bean blossoms and zinnias  feathery looking sunflower

garden fairies  gourd blossom

swallowtail caterpillar on dill weed  the girls  checking the watermelon

the girls finding new watermelons  vining gourds and zinnias

volunteer near the compost pile  volunteer pumpkin plant

Lacey’s Garden – Dragon Heirloom Carrots

Hello to all!  The garden is looking real good.   I picked some carrots the other day.  They are a purple heirloom variety called Dragon.  I have few pictures to show you of me harvesting and cleaning them.  I have beautiful lush foliage and only a few fruits on just about everything.  There are lovely green tomatoes on every vine.  If they ever ripen we will have tomatoes out our ears!  I have a picture of the one watermelon ripening on the vine; it is getting bigger everyday.  Also some pictures of okra.  Enjoy the pictures and be sure to take the time to enjoy the beauty and bounty that God provides every day. 

the garden my little helper

me in the garden digging carrots

Dragon carrots cleaning carrots

moon and stars wtermelon tatume squash

Lacey’s Garden – Video Tour

Here is the video Lacey mentioned last week that I forgot to post.  Be ye warned! The video is about 10 minutes long. 

-JP

Lacey’s Garden – Little Visitors

One of the most rewarding parts of gardening is finding the visitors that come to the garden.  This little guy was comfortably sitting on one of my zinnia leaves.  He was too cute not to share.  Share with us all the visitors that come to your garden!

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Lacey’s Garden – Digging Potatoes

Howdy folks! It has been a while since I posted anything. We have had a crazy few weeks what with our AC going ka-put and the girls and I having to stay at moms until it was fixed – gardening just kind of took a back seat! Thanks to my marvelous husband everything survived my absence because he watered it all for me and that is a big job!

Jason will post a video I took of my garden – it’s just a little tour where I introduce you to everything. Hope you enjoy it!

Today, July 1, I dug potatoes. It was so much fun! Even my girls got into it. Every time I stuck in the pitchfork it was like opening a box of surprises – never knowing exactly how many or how big the potatoes were going to be. I got everyone of the bushes dug except for the last one when it occurred to me to take pictures. Potatoes are definitely something I will plant again. One thing I learned is that the ground must be very soft or they stay too small. Add lots of compost to keep the soil soft and keep it moist but not wet.

Hope your gardening is going great!

digging it up Finding the potatoes

Last potato plant two little potatoes

Potatoes entire harvest

Lacey’s Garden – Farmer’s Market

(*Note – I was supposed to post this two days ago.  My bad.  -Jason)

My garden has finally taken off.  The plants are loving the fertilizer!   Of course, so are the weeds.  I can barely keep them out.  I plan on mulching with more straw but it is sold out at all the feed stores here in town.  I have enough lettuce right now that I was able to sale some at our Farmers Market this past Saturday and I think I am going to sale some this Saturday, too.  Here are a few pictures of my garden. 

baby cucumbers and flower climbing cucumber

 echinacea green leaf lettuce

 leaf lettuce, carrots and tomatoes moon and stars watermelon

 pretty flowers prettys

rainbow beet swiss chard