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morning-chick Good Morning!

This is my new screen saver – Rosey!  She is growing right along and definitely has a different personality than the other two chicks;  I wonder if chicks have unique personalities like people do … we will see.

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They have become quite a bit more chirpy the past few days and at times they have stare downs with each other.  They will even chase or run at each other – time for more room maybe.  This weekend we  (we I will be helping) and taking notes and pictures for a blog post – “The Coop that Stan built” !

The seedlings are growing right along also …

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You can see a list of everything I hope to grow this year and I am still trying to figure out what to plant at which location.  I did cut my first batch of parsley yesterday and added some to my salad – what a fresh zippy flavor!

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And yes, the crocus are blooming !

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This is a slide show I created last year and shows some of the seedlings that I started and grew and this reminds me I need to do the same for this year….  Slide show    Make sure to watch the original view and turn up your speakers!

Something that came to mind as I was looking back at my notes and pictures from last year was a simple reality that alot of folks are intimated by gardening and hesitate just because they have never gardened before and…… there is so much different information out there it can be confusing.  So I thought I would help by suggesting a few plants to grow for the first time gardener.  These were easy for me to grow and gave me inspiration and a desire to try other plants!  A few herbs that work well are Basil, Dill, Cilantro and Borage.  Marigold and Zinnia are great flowers to add to a border or include them in your garden as companion plants.  The vegetable plants I suggest are Spinach, Pepper, Tomato, Squash and Cucumber.

Dig up an area that receives a good amount of sunshine during the day and make sure to keep your new garden watered.  As you experiment with growing you will look into different varieties that interest you and those that  you enjoy cooking with.  You will also find yourself searching out more and more information on soil, preserving and techniques that you want to try.  Start out simple in the beginning …

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I have started seeds beginning in January and as the days have drawn closer to actually planting the flowers and veggies outside, I have quite a few trays of seedlings anxiously awaiting the big day ..  the day they are put in the ground in their own garden with plenty of space to spread their roots.  So….the question is who will I plant next to who and for what purpose?  I will answer this question here and also I have added 2 pages – Veggie List

Flower List

 

Four o’clocks  – this flower is considered a trap crop for Japanese beetles.  This means that the beetle will flock to the four o’clock flower instead of its regular target, in my case, I hope to keep them off my rose bushes and hibiscus plants.  Both of these had Japanese beetles dining on them last year.  Each day as the four o’clocks become full I intend to have a bucket of soapy water on hand and flick the beetles in the bucket .. this I am thinking will immobilize them … permanently.

 

Nasturtiums  – this is a picture of how I plant most of my seeds in trays and since the nasturtium seeds are quite big, you can see them clearly.  I scatter the seed in the tray and then cover with the soil, water, place under grow lights and wait for action.  This flower I will plant all over since it is said to attract loads of beneficial insects which are the good bugs that eat the bad bugs who do the damage to your plants.  They also are said to repel aphids, potato beetle, Mexican bean beetles, cucumber beetle and squash bugs.  I will be planting more nasturtiums near my cucumber, zucchini and beans.  Another note states to plant with vine crops to protect ground beetles and spiders (beneficial insects).

 

Buckwheat –

 

is used as a cover crop because it adds good nutrients to your soil.  If there is an empty garden place make sure to grow some buckwheat there.  I have an area which one day will be planted with flowers.  I tossed some buckwheat seeds in this area and will let them do their magic.  I will also plant buckwheat in borders around the gardens since it attracts parasitic wasps, hoverflies and honeybees … the good bugs. 

Also between the corn rows to attract wasps that parasitize the corn earworm!

 

Basil –                   I will plant around my tomato plants along with Borage which will repel the tomato hornworm.  Basil also repels aphids, asparagus beetles, mites and mosquitoes.  Borage will attract bees and other beneficial insects.  My pepper plants will be nearby along with marigolds that will be planted throughout the gardens.

 

I found this very interesting regarding the dandelion – they have taproots which reach down below the topsoil to absorb important nutrients from the subsoil, which become part of the dandelion plant.  Make sure to add the dandelion (before it flowers) to your compost or back into the topsoil for those important nutrients.

 

“Great Garden Companions” written by Sally Jean Cunningham is the source of my research and a book I highly recommend.

 

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