Monday, July 19, 2010

Pumpkins

This is a first for me  but my granddaughters are fascinated.  When my pack of "especially for children" seeds arrived from Renee's Garden Seeds there was a pack of "Cinderella's Carriage Pumpkin" seeds.  My granddaughters and I planted 8 hills of seeds (2-3 seeds to a hill) around the outside of the square foot garden.

Within a few days the seeds had sprouted and we picked the best seedling on each hill and pulled out the other(s).  In no time at all this is what it looked like.

Where are these vines going?
I sort of knew that pumpkin vines take up room but now I am really curious as to how big these things are going to get!  I guess I sort of expected them to be miniatures.

Tiny start.

Here is our first little pumpkin.  I think there are others but this was the one out where I could see it.  We have some cool things to try if we get more than a couple of pumpkins.
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Catching up

Back in May I ordered some stacking planters for my front porch railings from NJ Supply Ltd.  I had seen the planters in a flea market in Florida but didn't want to haul the planters back to Michigan.  When I started looking on the Internet, the sites I had copied were down.  Then I found the planters on Home Shopping Network.  Now they are back on the above website.

I had a couple of hanging planters created by my son-in-law, who has a high school greenhouse for his Agriculture classes.  I took apart the hanging planters, which typically overgrow and are hard to keep watered.  The new planters have a reservoir of water and will not require daily attention.  Here they are as of July 9.
West Corner

Center
East by the porch steps
Not trying to sell these things, just really happy with mine.  The smaller pots can stack together and there is an addition that lets you string them and hang them.

Three Tiered Planter
This is a triple planter I have had for 3 years.  I bought new cocoa liners this year and split up another pre-planted pot from a garden shop and divided it up among the 3 tiers.  

Chair One
Chair Two

These two chairs were part of a bistro set, but when one chair split and could not be used as intended, it became a garden chair.  This year I acquired the other and placed the pair in front of a window.  Again, I split up a couple of over-the-hill pre-planted hanging baskets.

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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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