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Sunday morning garden blogging

Written By: Bob - May• 05•13

It hasn’t felt much like Spring in central North Carolina this week. It’s been unseasonably cool and overcast, which has been decent weather the get some work done, but not so good to see much actual plant growth.

Well, there is the exception of this little guy.

Celery, restarted from base.

Celery, restarted from base.

My wife had read that after using up all the celery from the store, you can put the leftover base in water and it will start to regrow. Sure enough, it has sprouted again, and I’ve potted it. We’ll see how it grows.

I do have some plants that love this weather, and that is the two species of potatoes we planted.

Half-barrels of potatoes.

Half-barrels of potatoes.

The I-can’t-remember-what-they-are-called seed potatoes we planted first are in the buckets on the outside, and they are going absolutely nuts. The Yukon Gold potatoes I found growing eyes in the pantry are the two buckets in the middle. They’re coming along well, but I used organic garden soil in the left and plain topsoil in the right. It seems to make a difference.

All the corn seedlings—about 45 of them, as I recall—finally sprouted and were ready for transplant by Tuesday.

Corn seedlings, right before transfer.

Corn seedlings, right before transfer.

I planted them in the sacrificial garden on the other side of the fence for Rocky Raccoon and the squirrels. I had some leftover stepping stones from an edging project a few years ago, and lined the edges of this plot so if is marginally less pitiful to look at. Still not sure if I want to post pictures of what is still largely nothing more than stone-lined red clay mud.

The corn hills in my three sisters garden are almost ready to plant the other two sisters, the beans and squash.

One of the four corn hills in the "three sisters" garden.

One of the four corn hills in the “three sisters” garden.

I’ve read recommendations you should plant when the corn is 6″ high ranging up to 1′. I think I’m going to factor in the weather, too, and want warmer soil temps that this cool week has provided, so I’ll play the planting by ear. Yeah, there’s a corn pun somewhere in that statement.

My father gave me a couple of blackberry bushes a couple of years ago, and now they are in bloom.

Blackberry bushes in bloom

Blackberry bushes in bloom

The few fruits we got from them last year weren’t worth harvesting (well, the birds may disagree), but I’ll be interested to see how they do this year. I strategically planted them in a corner that will support anti-bird netting if if looks like we might have an actual crop to harvest.

We’ve got sets of sweet potatoes that we ordered a long time ago coming in later this week, and we’re going to plant them in a six-pack of 14-gallon storage totes. Once I’m reemployed (and my wife finishes her landscape architecture tech courses and started her career in edible landscape design) we’ll be building some more attractive and permanent gardening elements, but right now, we like the idea of portability outside of our three existing raised beds.

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  1. melensdad says:

    If you like decorative flowers, the vines that break off a Wandering Jew will also easily resprou new roots so you can multiple those.

    Bob don’t forget to swing through Starbucks and get their old coffee grounds, they give them away FREE to gardeners. Packed nicely in big bags, about 5 or 6 pounds per bag. Toss it in your compost pile to break down. Or mix it in with heavy clay sold to lighten it up. I does NOT turn the soil acidic so no worries about that.