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Indoor Gardening in March PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:36

Right now, the bay window has 4 varieties of moth orchid buds in waiting. Pictured here is an interesting light lime green with fuschia phalaenopis flower.


Lime green moth orchid

The aerogarden pro is producing cherry tomatoes -- a second planting for the salad greens is being started in the classic model. These little tomatoes are tasty and add a nice splash of color to our salads.


yellow and red cherry tomatoes

At last the great mounds of snow and ice have melted away -- a few corners hide the snow under bushes and next to walls in shadow. The first few harbingers, purple streaked crocuses, have poked through the soaked dirt. Out in the coldframe the potted blueberry plants have buds while the strawberry plants have kept their bright green leaves as if they can't wait to get outside. The columbine and lavender plants are ready to go but experience has shown that winter can come back with a nasty cold slap so I'm leaving them in the coldframe for now.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:50
 
Frozen February PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:18

The wrath of winter continues outside but the garden is going along pretty well in the bay window. We have fresh greens and cherry tomatoes for salads courtesy of our aerogardens. The orchids are just getting started with the purple dendrobium coming in first this year.


Purple Dendrobium Orchid

I brought the coral and violet gernaniums inside and the coral geranium has rewarded us with a beautiful bloom.

Coral Geranium
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:31
 
Happy Holidays PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:19

Thought everyone might like a peek at a hibiscus flower



 
Growing Inside in the WInter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:04

The coldframe seems to be functioning in keeping the sturdier plants going. We've put strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, columbine, lavender and various other herbs in it.




As for the gardening inside,the two Aerogardens are growing. One has salad greens and arugula planted. We've been enjoying some fresh greens now for a few weeks. The cherry tomatoes are coming along fine and I just spotted the first fruits. I have to be the bee here... moving the foliage around on the tomatoes and blowing on the plants to spread the pollen. These plants usually self pollinate from the winds and air currents outside. The two varieties here are red cherry and yellow cherry tomatoes. I notice the yellow tomatoes are the first to flower and seem to be the hardiest in long term survival rates. I had one of these yellow ones last over a year when planted in a pot outside!!



Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:16
 
Autumn Rose and more PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 09:46

Autumn Rose...last of the season
This is from a variety of rose called Voodoo. The color starts as a bright salmon color and changes to a dark rose color. Sometimes, in the right light (twilight or sunrise) the blooms almost look like they are glowing. I have the Abraham Lincoln variety too. That starts out a velvety red that changes to almost a black tinged shade.


Here is a shot of the three types of tomato and one pepper that grew in the garden this year. Pictured are: Golden Harvest (yellow cherry tomato) Fourth of July (red jumbo cherry) and the tiny red Sweet Snack variety. Also pictured is the Hungarian Cherry Pepper.

This week I'll be firing up the old Aerogardens with greens and (what else?) Heritage Red and Golden Harvest Cherry Tomatoes, In the weeks after that it will be time to harvest whatever is left in the garden (cukes peppers, herbs) and prepare the cold frame for its winter occupants..

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:44
 
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