This lingering bitter cold (20ish degrees by day; zero by night) March 2015 winter weather is beginning to make me wonder what kind of summer conditions we can expect following such a chilly Spring. Cold, short, dry, wet or whatever. Bring it on.
Looking back on some photos of my 2014 successful gardening endeavors is inspiring me to inspire you!
INSPIRATIONAL FLOWER BED PHOTOS
After many years in the making (lots of TLC) my flower beds are now complete with no muss/no fuss perennials requiring little maintenance; rake in and around some fresh bedding and clean out some over growth and you're good-to-go. Now it's time to pull up a chair, relax and take in their awesome beauty.
|Hostas and stella d'oro daylillies circling the wishing well|
|Nice side view|
|A flower bed with a little bit of everything!|
|A small hodge podge to beautify his garage!|
|Black Eyed Susans and Day Lilies for camouflage|
|the front door light which housed a bird nest with eggs!|
|a farm implement for enhancement|
|and now a bit of whimsy....our new kitten hiding in the hosta bed|
|Finally a full shade flower bed!|
THINK POSITIVE. No matter the weather, take the challenge and plant your vegetable garden; look forward to producing fresh and healthy vegetables for eating throughout the coming summer.
Tomatoes are easy.
|These plum tomatoes are the best for canning.|
Carrots are fun!
Peppers are so useful!
Preserving the bounty of a productive garden ensures healthy eating through the winter months.
String beans always produce an abundant crop.
And always tomatoes!
And don't forget the carrots!
Peppers are easy: wash, slice, bag and freeze.
This is where it all begins for me - starting my plants by seed. There's no going back now!!!
|Saving seeds year to year is a fun project and saves $$ too!|
|....ready to go into the ground|
|this is where all the magic begins after the seedlings get planted|
let the games begin: 12 baby peppers and 3 tomato plants
|At fruition...carrots, beets, onions, swiss chard, string beans|
|very productive tomatoes, onions and beets|
|the rhubarb (comes up every year)|
|the Carnival squash and snap peas (in cinder blocks)|
|the garden gnome?|
the cucumbers (growing up on old bed springs)
|and last but not least....the chives and the blueberry bushes!|
|bird's eye picture - taken by a bird in flight - sweet!|
Now introducing our original garden that slowly is becoming smaller and smaller since the creation of four raised beds two years ago. Future raised bed production hopefully will some day make this larger garden extinct. So far, through my experience planting in raised beds, I find this method to be easier on the back and the weeding and a bit more productive. Another plus: having it closer to the house keeps the deer and other critters away. (I have a hunch that the sound of the barking dogs confined in the yard are keeping them at bay.)
|twice as small, very productive but lots of work|
|a row of hilled potatoes|
|1 1/2 rows tomatoes, 1/2 row onions, 1 row string beans|
|Blue Lake bush beans hiding under netting|
|a tomato from a saved seed - a miracle|