Thurs. March 5, 2020: Planting Dilemma

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Second Quarter Moon in Cancer
Celtic Tree Month of Ash
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and colder

I feel well enough to post something short here, in between surgeries.

It’s been fairly mild here, with some lovely, sunny days this week. It’s supposed to get colder and stormier this weekend, so I don’t know if I’ll get anything done in the yard.

Some of the crocuses are peeking out.

Today is a planting day. I have some cuttings that rooted that need pots, a couple of things that need bigger pots. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to plant vegetable seeds this year. The theft of my tomatoes from the 100+ plants I raised from seed last year discouraged me more than I realized at the time, and I’m wondering if it’s even worth it. It wasn’t an animal that took them — there was no debris.

But I want my own fresh vegetables and herbs. I want more flowers. I never got the hollyhocks I wanted last year, so maybe I can have them this year. I’m considering stopping at Country Gardens to buy some seeds.

I don’t know. It’s a dilemma. There’s a lot going on for me this year. Would planting soothe me or just be another thing I have to deal with?

Getting back on my feet, everything seems harder than it was before.

I’ll let you know what I decide.

Thurs. Sept. 26, 2019: The Chance of More Tomatoes

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Waning Moon 4th Quarter in Leo
Celtic Tree Month of Vine
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny, humid, moving towards rain

We’re having a warm, sunny September, which is nice. The days are lovely, the nights are cool enough to sleep.

I have more tomatoes forming on my plants. I hope these will have the chance to mature, so we can actually eat them!

I haven’t started raking yet, although I will soon. Once again, a lot of acorns are falling. That makes the squirrels and the chipmunks happy.

Our yard is a rest stop for migrating birds. Since we are the yard on the street that doesn’t use chemicals, they stop, have a rest and a snack, and then move on. It’s so interesting to watch them interact.

We still don’t know who or what comes onto the deck every other night. I hoped it was the little black cat, but haven’t seen her lately.

Once the yard is mowed (I think, at some point this week), I’m going to put down lawn food one more time for the season. I’ve been cutting back, although I’m waiting for first frost to cut back the roses (that’s what the rose book I read suggested).

I know I have to take down the large bittersweet, but it provides such wonderful habitat for wildlife.

I’m longing for a place that I own, so I can plant and do exactly what I want. We’ve had a lot of latitude here, and I’m grateful, but that’s still different from truly being able to build a garden over years, and not worry each season if that will be the last.

Still, autumn is my favorite season. Even, now that we’ve passed the Equinox, it gets darker early.

Think happy growing thoughts for the tomatoes!

 

Thurs. Sept. 19, 2019: Autumn Equinox in a Few Days

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Third Quarter Waning Moon in Taurus
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Vine
Partly cloudy and cool

Not much to say. I’m starting to put the garden to bed for the season. Cutting back. I’ll prune the roses after the first frost. I’m pulling up the tiger lily stalks as soon as the bulbs pull down the chlorophyll. I’ll cut back shrubs and branches and cut down dying vegetation.

By next week, I’ll start raking.

We’re still not sure what’s eating the food I leave on the deck at night. Not sure if it’s the stray cat or something else. I’d like to know.

Some more tomatoes have formed. Let’s hope these actually get to make it to maturity and we can eat them.

We had a few sugar snap peas to harvest, and they were yummy. I’m going to start them earlier next year, and hope for a better harvest.

The morning glories choked the beans, so we didn’t have any.

The zucchini keep blooming, but not forming any zucchini. We have some blossoms on the eggplants, but I think it’s too late for them.

Well, one learns as much from what doesn’t work as what does, I guess.

Monday is the Equinox, and then night begins to win until mid-December.

 

Thurs. Sept. 5, 2019: Unpredictable Gardens

Thursday, September 5, 2019
Waxing Moon First Quarter in Sagittarius
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Vine
Humid/Tropical Cyclone/Tropical Storm Watch

So, the last two weeks, I’ve been limited in what I can do because of the hand injury.

We also had the heartbreak of coming out on the deck one morning to find that all 120 tomato plants had been stripped of the tomatoes growing on them. No debris anywhere, or signs that they were eaten. Just all gone. I’m very disappointed. I grew most of those tomatoes from seed and had plans for them.

The Rose of Sharon has bloomed beautifully, and the Hibiscus in the back of the yard is finally blooming. The hydrangea on the deck is already done — usually it blooms until the first frost. The Tiger Lilies have come and gone, and most of the chlorophyll is drained back. Early this year.

I pruned the two forsythia bushes in front of the garage. They were out of control. I pruned another bush that was growing quite large in the front bed. I’m waiting until the first frost to cut back the roses. I watered the lawn, and fed it, trying to get it green again (organically).

We saw the little black cat again — she was hiding in the roses. I left food out for her on the back deck, but I’m not sure if she’s eating it, or if it’s someone else. If she’s lost, I want to help her find her way home. If she’s a stray, then she’s welcome to stay, if she wants.

I pulled out the tired pansies in the front and replaced them with yellow large marigolds and yellow chrysanthemums in the front baskets, and red chrysanthemums in the barrel in the front yard. They look nice and cheerful when you drive up. I also replaced the tired old front door mat (which was growing moss — literally) with a cheerful harvest mat. That, and the horn of plenty I have hanging on the front door, and we’re joyfully celebrating the change of season.

Red sky this morning — shepherd’s warning. It’s an eerie light. I think we’ll be spanked by Hurricane Dorian harder than they’ve said.

We may have to bring in all the plants and most of the furniture from the deck. And then decide if it’s worth putting any back out for the last few weeks.

Thank goodness I hired someone to mow, or I’d be even more overwhelmed.

Trudging on, not sure what to do next.

 

Thurs. July 11, 2019: Watching the Garden Grow

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Waxing Moon 2nd Quarter Scorpio
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Holly
Hot, humid, misty

It’s been a few weeks since I posted.

First, I want to say how much stress has be removed from my life by hiring someone to mow. I wish I’d done it years ago!

The tomatoes are doing well. Even the late-transplanted ones are steadying and growing. The basil’s going like gangbusters, and is potent.

I’ve been posting photographs on Instagram @devonellingtonwork, if you’re interested.

I found weird little gold shiny bugs on the morning glories. They look like teeny, tiny, shimmering gold snails. They have black wings. Anyone know what they are?

Eggplants and peppers are doing well. The kale and argula and lettuce are thriving, and we’re eating it.

I was late planting the bush beans, peas, snow peas, zucchini, cucumber, honesty, zinnia, and milkweed, but they’re all coming up. You can practically sit and watch the beans and peas grow moment-by-moment!

Che Guevara Chipmunk is being a major pain in the patootie. He runs around on the deck, burying acorns. Digging up the tender new plants.  I put netting down to thwart him. He’s learned how to peel up some of the corners!

We have three bunnies in residence. They eat and then hang out, relaxing. Because I keep patches of dandelion and purslane in the yard, they leave the plants on the deck alone. It’s delightful to watch them.

Cardinals, mourning doves, blue jays, crows, orioles. Very few nuthatches this year, and I wonder why. A few wrens.

I’m enjoying this very, very much.

The roses are spectacular this year — rugosa and a pale pink that goes everywhere and beach roses. The stella d’oro lilies are gorgeous, and the tiger lilies are getting ready to bloom. The Shasta daisies and hydrangeas are blooming, too.

However, yesterday, it smelled like autumn. The hostas are already blooming — about six weeks early. Leaves are turning and falling. The wildlife scurries around, setting up stores for the winter.

I hope we don’t have snow in August!

Thurs. May 9, 2019: Lost Lettuce

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Waxing Moon First Quarter Cancer
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
Sunny and cool

We finally have some decent weather, although it’s still cool.

Unfortunately, the six packs of lettuce all died (the romaine is hanging on, but fading) and the parsley died. They were too early, and too wet. I’m sad, especially since a major, unexpected car repair means I won’t be able to put money into anything, including the garden for awhile. It was a blow, and I had to start a Go Fund Me to get immediate money to do the series of repairs necessary. If you could share the link and spread the word, I’d appreciate it. I hate asking for help, but there’s no other choice.

Anyway, the first mow of the season happened, in the terraced back area. I still have to clean up a bit with the clippers, but the grass looks good. This afternoon, I will do the first mow for the front.

I have to clean up a lot of sticks and debris from the meadow, and that’s next.

I’m so much happier with my little push mower. It doesn’t try to kill me every time I want to use it. It’s a big help.

It’s supposed to rain again tomorrow, but we might have decent weather over the weekend, and I can get more done in the yard.

We brought some of the big pots out of the garage. Our little lilac already started blooming in there. I did some pruning. There’s still a lot to do before we transform it into our Enchanted Garden for the summer.

But we still have frost warnings at night, and it’s too cold to get the outdoor planting done.

One day at a time. One plant at a time. That’s all I can handle right now.

Thurs. May 2, 2019: Unhappy Lettuce

Thursday, May 2, 2019
4th Quarter Moon in Aries
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
Cloudy and cold

The weather is not cooperating. Rain and chill means that I can’t go much yard work. There’s a lot to do. Dry stretches aren’t coordinating with times I have off to do the work.

Most of the lettuce and the parsley isn’t doing well after being transplanted from the flats in which they came. This is the first time we’ve had trouble with lettuce or parsley transplants. The Romaine is holding its own, at least so far.

This weekend, I have to transplant a lot of tomatoes. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a run to the garden center for more pots and more dirt. But it’s still much too cold to put them outside. I’m worried about the lack of sunlight, too, stunting their growth.

Hopefully, we’ll have a bit of spring in May, and not just move directly into summer!

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