Monday, April 28, 2014

Cossack Pineapple Ground Cherry

I made an exciting discovery today!  I found my first Cossack Pineapple fruits on the ground! Here's what they looked like (I know, I know, crap picture):


I have white or blue dishes, so I was hoping the blue dish would help show the color of the fruit a bit better.  Anywho, I opened them all up and found that all but one were pretty "greenish".  I looked at images on line and they definitely are unripe.  Harumph!


We tried the least green one and it was lovely.  Not tart at all.  I've read a bit more about them and it's recommended that since this variety is known for dropping their fruit before they're ripe, to simply put them in a basket and let them sit at least a week to ripen.  So that's the plan!  I'm amazed this plant is growing as well as it is, particularly because it's in a smallish pot with other plants.  I bought these seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange with no great expectation that they'd grow well for me, just a hope and a prayer.  So I am tickled pink!

A few weeks ago I planted 4 more seeds directly in the ground and they have all come up quite nicely.  Of course, I now have seeds for life!  How awesome is that?

I'll be checking for fruits every day, now that they've started to drop.  This just made my day!

Happy Yardening!

Birds in the Backyard

Here are some birds that visit the yard. 


Pair of Painted Buntings
This pair of painted buntings comes in every spring and fall.  It's so exciting when they arrive! We've seen as many as three females at one time, but only the one male.


A pretender
 We used to have raccoons in the yard on a daily basis, drinking from the water bowls we leave on the ground.  But this guy decided to do things the hard way! 


Yellow-Rumped Warbler (We call them Rumpers)
 The "Rumpers" come in only during the winter and only for water.  There are dozens of them and it gets crazy trying to spot any "different" warblers.


Common Grackle on a Rainy Day
 These aren't favorites for bird watchers because they hog all the seed, but they are very important to clue in any other birds in the area that there's food and water available.  Even in the bird world, you have to take the good with the bad. 


Female Painted Bunting


Scarlet Tanager
This was a rare treat for us!  He stuck around for the better part of an afternoon.  We've had a male and female Summer Tanager come in as well. 


Screech Owl
It was pure luck we were out in the yard at the right time one night.  This guy was adorable.  We have Great Horned Owls come in as well.  Awesome birds.


Great Crested Flycatcher 
 LOVE these birds.  They have great whistles.  Love it when they come back.


Catbird
The catbird is our indicator that spring has sprung and summer is fast on the way.  These guys arrive early and leave late, so we welcome them and keep them watered through the winter and spring.


Mourning Dove
We really like Mourning Doves.  They're just fun to watch, bobbing along the ground and stumbling about.  Ditto Ground Doves.


Cardinal
And of course the year long Cardinals with their early summer babies. We can always spot them because they just don't look quite "finished"! 

And that's a tour of some of our backyard birding experiences!  Now I have to find my pictures of the indigo buntings dripping from the bushes!

P.S. Hubby took all but the Scarlet Tanager pic.  I took that one - he was in a tree just to my left - lucky shot!

Happy Yardening!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Ugly Patch, the Border and the Balms

I got the ugly patch cleared out Friday night!  Phew!  It wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought it would be.  It will be a few weeks before I can build the hugelkultur/keyhole garden I have in mind, mainly because the boat needs to be moved.  

Meanwhile, since I can't proceed until the giant brush pile is mulched which is where the boat will be moved to, I have been looking for garden edge/borders for our deck/grass area.  We made a trip to Lowe's and bought a few brick pavers to experiment with.  We need something that the lawnmower can mow right over, but wide enough so as not to destroy the plants I have growing there.

We were going to just do a single line of bricks, but that wasn't very attractive.   This is what we'll do instead:


It's simple, but effective.  The (cough) grass is crappy and holey so I'll spread the grass seed I bought last year but never used and hopefully it will sprout.  I'll re-mulch using my vacuum/mulcher's super duper fantabulous mulch and this should be a big improvement along the deck.  I planted southern peas, okra and society garlic and there's a volunteer cucumber plant which I'll try to keep alive.

We also bought Lemon Balm and Bee Balm plants.  They are both on my list of herbs to try in the garden.  I really prefer growing all my plants from seed, but being so close to the heat and humidity season of summer, it just made sense to buy established plants.

I got Hubby two pots of his favorite ornamental sweet potato (the cool purple ones).  I also scored two verbena plants for $1 each on the "sale" rack which should go nicely with the purple.

Lots to do.

Happy Yardening!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Surinam Cherries

Here is our Surinam cherry bush.  It's about 15 years old.  We have never seen this many fruits on it! Quite impressive.


There are creeping cucumber vines all throughout it this year, which is the only thing that's different, otherwise it's been neglected as usual.  Unlike the cherries, we've been enjoying the tiny cucumbers.  YUM!  

Green Deane says the best time to eat these cherries is when they are a very deep red and they fall off into your hand with no effort at all.   I've tried to enjoy them, but it's just not happening.  Our ex-door neighbor used to devour them. She'd be in heaven if she still lived next door!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woodpeckers!



Here are a few pics we have taken of woodpeckers visiting our backyard:

Pileated Woodpecker (we call them chuckleheads!)



Red Bellied Woodpecker



 
Northern Flicker


Young Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker


Apparently I have no pictures of the Downy Woodpeckers that visit!  I'll have to work on that!  

Happy Yardening!



The New Garden Beds

Here's the "hump" I made last weekend for sweet potatoes.


I didn't want to disturb the two cassava plants so the hump ended up a bit smaller than I had originally planned, but it all worked out fine.

I had to weed this entire area first.  It was pretty thick around the bird bath so it took more time than I expected.  The newly made leaf mulch looks tidy and there will be plenty of mulch to be made over the next few months thanks to the almond trees.

The "pile" of mulch in front of the hump is from the lawn mower.  I'll let it sit another week then put it through my vacuum mulcher before it goes on the hump.  The lawnmower doesn't make as fine a mulch as the new machine does.

Here's the next area to tackle.  It's quite unsightly.


There's nothing edible past those squash plants.  Even the air potato along the fence is inedible.

There's hay in the barrel which will go on top of the logs.  That's a 16' O'Day sailboat that really needs a home to be moved, but it needs to go where the giant brush pile is now, so it might be a few weeks.  The garden won't need to go beyond the boat anyway. Even with the keyhole design it can't be any wider than what I'll be able to reach from all sides.

There are so many really cool looking keyhole garden designs on the web but after viewing a bunch of images, the reality is the new garden will likely end up similar to this one, although probably a bit taller due to the use of logs as the base and no edging:


I'm kind of a reject when it comes to making things look "artsy". I clearly didn't get the artsy/crafty gene.

The heat is fast approaching here in SW Florida so I'm hoping to get this accomplished this weekend.  Once it hits the 90's, I'm done for the season except for my 5 minute gardening.

Happy yardening!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Things You Find In the Garden!

Over the weekend we finally took a few minutes before dark to investigate the front and south areas of the yard. We found this frog "relaxing" on top of the bone dry water fountain:



Not sure why he's there, particularly in that position.  It's like he just stretched out and was waiting for the water to flow. I know, we're weird, but we were highly amused by this.

I hadn't really investigated the south side yard for several months.  I was amazed at how shady it was.  A few things need to be removed, a bit of weeding and pruning needs to be done, but mostly it needs to be heavily mulched and watered.  I'll plant Moringa, Velvet Bean, and Pigeon Pea for the summer growing season.  Those three plants are fairly tolerant of crap soil so I think they'll be okay over there.  It will be a good experiment!  

Happy Yardening!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I made only one of the two hugelkultur gardens on my to do list this weekend. And I forgot to take pics.   It is simply a hugelkultur type hump.  No keyhole with compost basket - it turned out to be too small to bother with.  I made this garden first because I really needed to get the sweet potatoes in the ground and this is where I thought they'd do best.

Update on the chipper shredder - it's alive!  YAY!  It was late in the day Saturday when it became operational, so not a whole lot of shredding was done, but it is back from the dead!

And looky what we got Saturday at Lowes:


Oh My Gosh!  I have wanted a leaf vacuum/mulcher for a few years now.  We were at Lowe's looking for a hose fitting and hubby decided we should check out leaf mulchers. Um, OKAY!  We had no idea how much these things were, we've never really checked. This one had a sale sticker on it for $59.99 but it was for a sale in March.  The kindly salesman said he'd get us that sale price anyway ($10 off) and I went lickety split (as my Mother would say) to get the cart!  Most people use these things to blow debris off their walkways/driveways and never ever use the vacuum part of the machine, but I don't care about the blower part one iota.  I just want to suck up the copious amount of leaves my tropical almond trees drop.  I now have perfect leafy mulch to spread over my entire yard!  And I mean perfect!

We decided on this particular one because the one below it and above it in price had plastic impellers, which seemed silly.  This one had the metal impeller and I think it will last a good long while.

I am in mulch heaven.  Truly.  It works like a charm.  I can easily manage this fantabulous machine - it's not too heavy.  I was able to mulch the entire area I had weeded Saturday morning in just 30 minutes sucking up leaves around the back yard!  It was crazy! Thankfully, I didn't have to go back down the street for three loads of free mulch, which is rather a pain because you really have to pick through it since there's lots of sticks and other stuff you don't want to take home with you.  Not to mention leaf mold or whatever else is in there.  But it is free so I've always just dealt with it and carefully picked out the good bits (hopefully).

But seriously, this is an amazing machine.  The mulch that comes out is so perfectly tidy that I no longer have to go buy mulch to cover up my ugly mulch!

Amen to that!

Happy Happy Yardening!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hugelkultur, Meet Your Keyhole

I can't wait until tomorrow!  I have a plan!  I'm too excited to go to sleep!

I've done lots of research on hugelkultur and more recently on keyhole gardens.  I also just read about worm tubes, which is pretty darn smart.

I have all this brush, as I posted about previously, but more importantly, I have a stack of wood that's been rotting away for a year or two.

I had decided that I need to build a hump for the sweet potatoes.  That got me to worrying about what to use to build said hump.  I have several bags of top soil, black kow and peat, but not enough for the hump I'd like to build.  Then it finally dawned on me, duh, hugelkultur!  With a keyhole type twist!  I could use the piled up rotting logs as the base, throw a bunch of chopped up branches on top of that, empty the compost tumbler on top of that, find the barrel that has the hay in it (it's out back somewhere, I'm pretty sure), placing a "basket" made of chicken wire in the middle of it all for kitchen scraps, making sure there's a keyhole to get to the basket, and then top it all off with my soil mix.  Voila! There will be a mix of full sun and part shade where this hump will be built.  Plenty of room for the sweet potatoes and other edibles too.  

Hey!  I have a headlamp.  I could go out right now!  Or not.  I've been up since 4:00 yesterday morning so I guess I'll have to chill out and try to get some sleep.

I love it when a plan comes together.  

Happy yardening!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Mulch

My excitement for the week is that Hubby is replacing the motor on our 29 year old Troy Bilt Chipper Shredder!  Woo hoo!  We'll finally be able to mulch this pile of brush we made over the past several months.


The (Good) mulch from this pile will go along the back fence area.  It will be nice to be able to plant along the fence line since it's a nice sunny spot.  I'm thinking maybe papaya, moringa and pigeon peas will do well, and they don't need a lot of attention once they get going.

This messy pile has been driving hubby crazy.  Adding insult to injury, last fall I mulched a large area beyond where I planted new fruit trees so I encroached on the "grass".  Oopsy!  If I had my way I wouldn't have any grass back there at all, just plants everywhere.  I've got the useless grass down to a small patch off our deck which takes about 5 minutes to mow now.

I also got my first load of free (Ugly) mulch from down the street.  Finally!  I loaded up four large tubs and three 5 gallon buckets.  My goal for the weekend is to try to get at least two more loads and tackle two areas that haven't been mulched yet.  The last time I brought home free mulch I weeded a large area, put cardboard down, then loaded it up with mulch.  It worked fine for weed control, but the cardboard didn't break down as quickly as I thought it would so planting in it was a pain.  So I'm going to try a different method this time around. 

Here's my plan - I'm going to scrape out the weeds (using my handy dandy nejiri scraper), put down newspaper, wet it, add a thick layer of free mulch, add another layer of newspaper, wet it, and then add a thinner layer of cypress (Bad) mulch to please the hubby's eye. I think my cypress mulch idea will calm the waters.  So I'm going to do it my way and top it off his way.  Win win.

Happy yardening!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sweet Potato

One of these sweet potato slips is going bananas!  I'll get them in the ground today or tomorrow.  Lucky for me it's supposed to rain the next few days! Although, the forecast changes every hour.


That middle slip grew at least 3 inches yesterday!  I couldn't believe it!


I used a small sweet potato from Publix supermarket (left two) and one from my favorite Asian market (right two).  The Asian market potato is definitely the winner.  I have to admit, I'm pleasantly surprised the supermarket potato sprouted at all.

The far right is the mystery cutting I received in the mail.  I'm hoping it's Okinawa spinach, but David the Good needs to confirm.  I need to get that in the ground as well. It has sprouted a new leaf, so it's very happy.



When I got to the register with my small sweet potato (both places), the cashiers remarked on how small the sweet potato was and asked why I was buying it.  I told them I was going to sprout it and plant it and they clearly thought I was nuts. It's quite sad how few people "garden".  I have 5 siblings and only 1 has a small (4' X 8') garden.  Then I got to thinking about my parents and their siblings.  My Dad has 9 siblings and my Mom has 4. Not a one of them had gardens that I'm aware of.  Of all the folks I work with, not a one of them has a garden.  Out of 30+ folks my hubby works with, only one that we know has fruit trees, and only because the 5 acre property she bought had mature mangoes and lychee fruit trees.

So to anyone out there gardening, big or small, GOOD FOR YOU!  We're the ones who will be able to feed ourselves when the SHTF!




Monday, April 14, 2014

Cha Cha Cha Chia!

I did a little experiment with Chia seeds.  I bought a bag of Chia at the health food store because it was highly recommended for green smoothies.  But I don't like it.  Nope.  Nope I don't.  But I do LOVE the plants!  I was tickled when they came up and flowered. Very pretty little purple flowered stalks.

Sadly, most of them have gone past the flower stage.  Here's a pic of a chia plant going to seed soon.  The red in the background is a zinnia. 


Here's a bit of interesting info I found on the interwebs about chia: 

'CHIA' was consumed in large quantities by the California Indians, being highly nutritious. They were roasted, ground, and added to water, forming a gel. "One tablespoon full of these seeds was sufficient to sustain for 24 hours an Indian on forced march."—Parsons. The whole seeds are also placed in water or juice, swelling up into a clear gel making them resemble frog's eggs, the whole being drunk and is quite refreshing. This is also an old California-Méxican folk remedy for diarrhea.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ammonia in the Garden?

A friend of mine asked if I had ever heard of using ammonia to fertilize roses.  My immediate reaction was NO! that sounds terribly wrong!  So I looked it up.  Boy was I wrong!  A can of worms in my little gardening head exploded!  I had no idea you could use ammonia diluted in water for cucumber plants and roses. I've been envying my neighbor's roses and would like to try planting roses again and now I just might have to give it a go.

All winter and spring I've been using miracle gro and epsom salt on the garden.  I use compost tea every other feeding which stretches the miracle gro a bit.  I'm hoping I can get the comfrey to grow so I don't have to buy fertilizer as often. Although I understand any greenery will work to ferment and use as tea, the comfrey has everything required for a balanced fertilizer.

I use 6-6-6 when I make up my soil mix so the plants have something to start off with.  I get 6-6-6 instead of 10-10-10 so I can feed everything in the yard and not worry about burning anything.

I love learning new things every day!

Happy yardening!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Drunken Composting

I have a large compost tumbler which we purchased at Tractor Supply last summer.  I put it right outside our back patio door so that it's easily accessible to dump our kitchen scraps into.  I have to admit, it isn't working quite as well or as fast as I had hoped.  It makes kind of a goopy slimy mess.  No resemblance of "soil" in the least.  I've been using this two ways - either I dump it in a pile and work it into a patch of crap soil, or I put a good lump into a 5 gallon bucket, add water, and let it fester for a week and use for "compost tea".  As I'm making the compost in the tumbler, I top each dump of kitchen scraps with a like amount of leaves, which are always within reach thanks to our tropical almond trees.  So the wetness is a mystery.  I guess I'll have to ask hubby to drill holes in the bottom, as he suggested.

So I did a little experiment today making compost in piles.  I used the "drunken compost" method as shown in this video:



I had made a large pile of brown matter a few weeks ago when I raked the back yard and chopped a bunch of trimmed branches into little pieces no more than 6 inches long.  It was a goodly pile, with leaves and dirt mixed in.

We use large yogurt containers to dump our kitchen scraps in.  Instead of dumping the last few weeks' worth in the tumbler, I kept a few on the back patio "festering" so I could try this experiment.  So today was the day.  The only thing I deviated from was that I used ginger ale instead of cola, because that's what I had on hand.  We had some yucky beer in the old fridge in the garage left by my sisters so I put that to good use!

I'm hoping this method will be successful.  Worst case, it won't be any worse than the compost tumbler results!

Happy yardening!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Healing Herbs

Here's a very nice little book that has given me some great ideas on which healing herbs I'd like to grow in my garden.


When I think of "herbs", I think of culinary herbs, and I have always grown the usual suspects: basil, chives, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.  I've never ventured away from those basic herbs.

Except for the fact that summer is fast approaching (it's going to hit the high 80's in the next week), I'm ready to venture into the land of healing herbs!  I have several months to "educate myself".  Not only on what herbs I'd like to grow, but how to grow them.  It should be a great experiment!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seeds in the Mail!

I got a care package in the mail yesterday!  How exciting is that?


Is the cutting Okinawa Spinach???  Will add these to my ginger, tumeric and superfruit plantings over the next few days.

It's supposed to rain today so it will be the perfect time to get these in the ground. I have a lot of ground that needs to be "fixed", that's for certain!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Goji Berries and Tart Cherry Juice

After my miserable Cymbalta trial, I got a few more books about medicinal herbs.  I found a reference to Tart Cherry Juice being useful for arthritis pain and after a bit more research on-line, I decided it was worth a try.  At least this wouldn't hurt me.  I felt too sick all last week to do more than drag myself into work so yesterday Hubby and I finally got to Fresh Market to buy some.  We also went to a few other places and I compared those brands to what I bought, but oddly, the other brands, although reputable according to my research, were all in plastic bottles!  Why would they do that?  One of them was also "light".  Again, why???

Another thing Tart Cherry Juice is supposed to help with is sleep issues.  It takes me forever to get to sleep at night.  So hopefully within a week I'll notice some difference in the pain level.  If not, I have another option up my sleeve.  One experiment at a time.

We also went to Ada's, a local (very) small scale version of Whole Foods, where I compared prices on the Tart Cherry Juice.  They also had the juice in glass bottles and it was similarly priced.  So now I have two sources.  It takes about 7 days to start noticing any results.  Praying this will help!

I found a package of mixed raw "super fruits" consisting of Goji Berries, Blueberries, Mulberries and Golden Berries. I've read about goji berries recently and one blogger was amazed that people in Florida don't realize they can grow goji berries here.  I've seen it on the shelf many times but I've never tried them, mainly because they're outrageously priced.  But this mixture seemed like a good way to try mulberries and golden berries which I am also interested in growing.  So, to justify the cost, I'm going to plant some!  It will be an interesting experiment to see what grows.  These are supposedly unprocessed, raw fruits.  We shall see.

I have ground cherries growing and producing fruit so golden berries, goji berries and mulberries should be happy as well.  Living through the heat of the summer will be another story but will be worth a shot.  My ground cherries get morning to early afternoon sun, then they are in shade for the latter part of the afternoon.  Everything in those containers is happy happy happy right now.  So that's where the new fruits will be planted as well.

I also made a very nice sore throat syrup, simply combining raw honey and ground ginger. Yummy.  I had never made any before.  Probably because it's been years since I've had a cold or sore throat.

I even had enough energy left to plant my three sunchokes and a few comfrey seeds, as well as harvest the last of my "green" pigeon peas for dinner!  Now the pigeon pea is ready for some chop and drop action!




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cymbalta + Head Cold = Another Non Gardening Weekend

Last weekend I started a trial of Cymbalta, the idea being it would help alleviate some of my arthritis pain.  Apparently studies have shown that Cymbalta tricks the brain into blocking pain signals.  I said I'd give it a try but it didn't go well. At all.

Day 1 - Woozy within an hour of taking the first dose.  My stomach was killing me all day. Tried baking soda and water and Pepcid AC, but nothing helped. My chest felt heavy and I felt like crap all day.  Perked up about 10:00 PM.

Day 2 - Woozy within 40 minutes of taking second dose.  Heavy chest and stomach pain came back with a vengeance.  Started having problems with my mouth - couldn't taste anything and my mouth felt cottony.  Didn't perk up at all that day.

Day 3 - Took the third dose just before I left for work, hoping I'd make it into the office before the woozy hit.  Close.  So close.  2 minutes away from work and wham!  Same story, different day - stomach pain, heavy chest, and at some point I was caught "staring into space" a few times and I definitely felt like I was "on drugs".  To add to my misery, I started having streaky sores on my tongue by mid-day.

So that was the end of the Cymbalta trial.  Good grief!

Because my system was so out of sorts from the Cymbalta, I caught my boss's cold.  Misery loves company!

So this makes the third weekend in a row that I haven't been able to get out back and finish my work on the new plot.  It's so late in the season now I don't think it much matters, but it's still disappointing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Name is Sheila and I'm a Seedaholic!

Okay, I admit it. I'm a bit of a seedaholic.  I rarely "buy" plants.  I'm a seed girl.     I went to the library and got "the" book  on perennial vegetables (according to the interwebs) by Eric Toensmeier.  There were a few plants that interested me and I've been looking on line for seed sources.  I found a website that has a TON of seeds and it took me days to go through it all and take notes.  Here's the seed company link: http://jlhudsonseeds.net/SeedlistA-AK.htm

Because I sometimes can't get into the garden for weeks, I need plants that can tolerate heat and poor soil.

I have a few sweet potatoes growing in jars on a windowsill almost ready for planting.  I bought ginger and turmeric at the local asian market and those will go in the ground this weekend.  I'm hoping to create a large patch just for the sweet potatoes but it's hard work for me to loosen up soil.  I have a patch where I heavily mulched last fall so I'm going to use that for this experiment.  I still have sprigs here and there from the sweet potato I bought at ECHO several summers ago.

I've had very good luck with seed purchases from www.cherrygal.com and Baker Creek (www.rareseeds.com).  Even 3 year old seed still sprouted from my Baker Creek seed packets!   I discovered Cherrygal last summer when I was hunting for pigeon pea seeds and they also had Moringa which was great since I wanted to plant a few more of those as well.  My Moringa seed stock from ECHO was depleted two years ago and I have 2 spindly trees and the one "healthy" tree.  Even though ECHO is close by, their prices have gone up so much it's cheaper to buy from another source, sadly.

My one "healthy" Moringa tree is in its second season and it has yet to produce pods.  I was SO CLOSE but my hubby chopped a branch off that was hiding in my tropical almond and it was the most likely branch to have produced a pod or two.  Harumph.  I've had flowers both years, but no pods!  Not sure why.  There are still flowers blooming so I'm not giving up hope yet!  I really really want to be able to GIVE Moringa seed away, but alas, no seeds!  I'm going to plant more seeds so I can increase my chances of getting some seed pods!  Perhaps the trees need less water.  This one gets watered every other day if it's "dry". 

My latest purchase from Cherrygal was all herbs.  Sweet pepper (ok, not an herb!), thyme, society garlic (ok, I like the pretty purple flowers they make), salad burnet, comfrey, garlic chives, sweet basil and sweet annie.  I've got to do more research on medicinal properties and how to use sweet annie.

I think I'm most excited about the Comfrey!  I'm going to use it for compost and compost tea.  I'm praying it will grow well here.

Looking forward to the weekend and yardening!  I have lots to do to build my next "plot" for the new herb garden.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Petunias!

A few months ago I decided to pot up some containers.  I had peat and black cow, but no "dirt".  Since I needed to sort out the pots hanging around out back I dumped all the old dirt from the pots into the wheelbarrow and decided what the heck.  I'll just use this as my base and make my usual potting mix.  When I made up the pots, I decided to do a little experiment.  I put sticks in the smaller containers and logs in the big containers, then some of my compost from the tumbler, then my new batch of soil.

I planted a few amaranth seeds, some ground cherry, naranjilla, bok choy, radishes, carrots, and a seminole pumpkin seed or two for grits and shins.  I figured whatever grew was great.  I'm quite amazed at how well everything is doing!

I was even more amazed when I noticed Petunias!



Where did those come from?  We remembered that we had a hanging basket a few years ago and that's probably just some remnant seed that cropped up from my crazy batch of soil!  Of course I also have a bunch of very healthy shepards needle too!

Check out this Ground Cherry!


My photography skills are crap.  But you get the gist.


Now I just need to get back out there this weekend and make another plot for my new herbs.  Happy Yardening!