Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's Official..... READY, SET, GROW!

Official-----> meaning it's safe, safe for planting outdoors.  
It's garden time. 
For most gardeners , mid-May signals the safe time for planting annuals, perennials, container gardens, herbs, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, etc.,  without the fear of a hard freeze!
Check out the few sites that are highlighted below to help determine time tables for planting! 
The amount of information for gardens, on the Internet is endless.
I'd love to know what your favorite sites include!

From our street view, one would never know that we are FARMERS.... SERIOUS FARMERS! 
Here ....... UNDER THE FLAPS......It's veggie/fruit garden time.
Those who know King Ron, know that he is crazy in love with his garden(s).
Flowers? hmmmm.... not so much, but I try to sneak in a few annuals, or perennials that require little/no care!
Here is a portion of our FRONT YARD! No one can see this while driving up/down our road.
The greens (shown below) in front of the hedge are Horseradish plants! and oh is it ever mouth-watering good!
It freezes well, so we benefit from the roots all year!
Check out this recipe for ----> HOMEMADE HORSERADISH.

To the right of the horseradish are several rows of onions. To the left of the horseradish are rows of zucchini, butternut squash, and yellow crook-neck squash.
Yep, ALL of the above produce are planted IN OUR FRONT YARD!

The backyard contains a space that measures approximately 12' x 21', designated for Ron, the Farmer!
Trust me when I tell you that there is little room for weeds to grow, once these plants start producing. 
Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, pabalano peppers, and collards seem to agree with this morning-mid-afternoon sunny location.
Lettuce, onions, and Clematis vine growing on the fence

green peppers

On a humorous note: King Ron tries to hide in the tomatoes, I'm climbing a ladder with our grandson to reach the sunflowers, and Ron is being.... just Ron! (These are not this year's photos!)
We've had great luck, good luck, and some failures.
Gardening requires consistent care!
It's not always just 'pick-and-eat'! 
Here's a post from 2012 on our garden---->How our garden grows
And here is another post from the same year 2012----->Veggies
Growing food isn't rocket science. 
It's takes time, but things like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beans are very forgiving. Gardening also has many health benefits, not to mention that you are inclined to eat more vegetables during the growing season! One of our greatest accomplishment is showing our grandchildren that greenbeans don't always come from the grocery store!
I'm not sure who was more excited in this photo!

Advice: START SMALL and pick a spot with at least 6 hours of good daytime light. 
If space is an issue, consider the community gardens!


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