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A tonka poem has the syllable pattern of 5/7/5/7/7. Here is my tonka for this Tuesday.

Gardening

Garden planted now

Waiting for seeds to grow well

Water when not raining

Patiently wait for nature’s course

Harvest when time, not before

The Raised Bed

Brassicas close, the lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, and peas.

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I took these photos today in my greenhouse.  I hope you enjoy them.

Cabbage plant getting bigger each day.

Cabbage plant getting bigger each day.

Flower on rosemary

Flower on rosemary

I was surprised to see a flower on the rosemary.  I wasn't expecting it this early in the year.

I was surprised to see a flower on the rosemary. I wasn’t expecting it this early in the year.

My rosemary plant has a flower.

My rosemary plant has a flower.

Parsnip plant.  I'm hoping to collect seeds from it later.

Parsnip plant. I’m hoping to collect seeds from it later.

The buds may not be easy to see.

The buds may not be easy to see.

I'm happy to see the green emerging on my willow.  Later this year, I'll transplant it outside.

I’m happy to see the green emerging on my willow. Later this year, I’ll transplant it outside.

See the green buds?  :-)

See the green buds? ūüôā

My younger dog, Thor, beside the greenhouse.

My younger dog, Thor, beside the greenhouse.

 

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This area is under a flood watch.  It is of no concern to me or the greenhouse.  We live on a hill on a mountain.  If it ever floods here, there best be another Noah.

That being said. ¬†I’ve not been out to water the greenhouse. ¬†Not today. ¬†Not yesterday. ¬†I went out to check on it, but nothing else. ¬†The plants are still nicely wet, but not soaking. ¬†They are green and, in the case of the greens, growing happily.

The rain is expected to continue throughout tonight and most of tomorrow. ¬†It is much needed. ¬†There was talk of a drought. ¬†Although drought conditions don’t effect our well, it does present challenges. ¬†Of course, they’d be much greater if the garden was planted as well. ¬†Next year, it will be. ¬†We are planning a winter garden for next year.

Winter peas, greens, brassicas, and more. ¬†For those who aren’t familiar with the term, brassicas are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. ¬†These plants survive the winter and thrive as soon as good weather shows up in the springtime. ¬†I have several of these plants growing in my greenhouse.

Let’s see. ¬†The greenhouse will be home to dragon carrots, which are purple, and purple string beans. ¬†The Cherokee purple tomatoes will be grown in the regular garden. ¬†The greenhouse will also have young garlic, greens, and parsnips.

The garden will have the afore mentioned Cherokee purple tomatoes, Amish paste tomatoes, stupice tomatoes, green beans, corn, brassicas, older garlic, greens, zucchini, squash, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more.

The herb garden will have lavender, parsley, rosemary, thyme, heather, cinquefoil, feverfew, spearmint, peppermint, catnip, chamomile, tobacco, stevia, salvia, and much more.

The container garden will have sage, rue, tansy, marsh mallow, telstar flowers, sundial flowers, carnations, bergamot, catnip, rhubarb, and more.

These will make very nice salads in the spring.  Some will be transplanted to the garden.  Others will be used for seed collection.

These will make very nice salads in the spring. Some will be transplanted to the garden. Others will be used for seed collection.

This is sage in my container garden.  This plant is not yet a year old.  It replaced one that was seven years old.  I transplanted the older one in the lower field.

This is sage in my container garden. This plant is not yet a year old. It replaced one that was seven years old. I transplanted the older one in the lower field.

As an experiment, rue and feverfew were allowed to over winter outside in pots.  So far, so good.

As an experiment, rue and feverfew were allowed to over winter outside in pots. So far, so good.

I hope your garden plans come to fruition.  Brightest of Blessings.

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The greenhouse is not sleeping.  It's very busy.

The greenhouse is not sleeping. It’s very busy.

I awoke yesterday to discover that one of my best friends shared nice, well, not so nice.  I have his head cold.  Yay!  *sigh*

Well, the greenhouse still needs watering and weeding. ¬†I also found more of the puffball mushrooms in my raised bed. ¬†I had to dig out the white ‘roots’ under them to prevent a recurrence. ¬†This not only took time but required me to bend over for a while. ¬†As you know bending over with a head cold is not pleasant, but the greenhouse could not wait for me to feel better.

Such is the life of any gardener. ¬†The greenhouse, garden, flower beds, herb garden, whatever, MUST have attention whether you feel up to it or not. ¬†It’s okay to skip some days, of course; but too many skipped days in a row spells disaster for any gardening endeavor.

I hope all of you are feeling well, and that your plants are beautiful.

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These are photos that I took today in and around my greenhouse.  I hope you enjoy them.

The greenhouse is not sleeping.  It's very busy.

This is sage in my container garden.  This plant is not yet a year old.  It replaced one that was seven years old.  I transplanted the older one in the lower field.

This is sage in my container garden. This plant is not yet a year old. It replaced one that was seven years old. I transplanted the older one in the lower field.

This is baby garlic in the raised bed of the greenhouse.

This is baby garlic in the raised bed of the greenhouse.

It may be hard to see, but this is baby garlic in a 72-slot tray.

It may be hard to see, but this is baby garlic in a 72-slot tray.

Broccoli in a pot.  We have a lot of deer, so this will stay in the greenhouse for the winter.  in March or so, after the deer fence is in place, it will go out to the garden.

Broccoli in a pot. We have a lot of deer, so this will stay in the greenhouse for the winter. in March or so, after the deer fence is in place, it will go out to the garden.

The cabbage will stay in the greenhouse until it forms a goodly sized head.  The head will be harvested, then the plant will bolt and give us seeds for later.  The mustard will bolt in the Spring, too.

The cabbage will stay in the greenhouse until it forms a goodly sized head. The head will be harvested, then the plant will bolt and give us seeds for later. The mustard will bolt in the Spring, too.

This beautiful flower used to be fairly common around here.  I've started several that I will transplant to our field in the Spring.

This beautiful flower used to be fairly common around here. I’ve started several that I will transplant to our field in the Spring.

These tiny sage will be part of an herb sale that I am hoping to have in the Spring.

These tiny sage will be part of an herb sale that I am hoping to have in the Spring.

I saved four fennel for over wintering.  This is the only one to make it this far.  I plan to leave it in the raised bed so I can collect seeds for future use.

I saved four fennel for over wintering. This is the only one to make it this far. I plan to leave it in the raised bed so I can collect seeds for future use.

This feverfew will be transplanted into the field or offered for sale.

This feverfew will be transplanted into the field or offered for sale.

This feverfew is in a pot.  It's not as happy as the ones in the raised bed.

This feverfew is in a pot. It’s not as happy as the ones in the raised bed.

I started this from a seed that came from a store bought grapefruit.

I started this from a seed that came from a store bought grapefruit.

 
The greenhouse is not sleeping. It’s very busy.
These will make very nice salads in the spring.  Some will be transplanted to the garden.  Others will be used for seed collection.

These will make very nice salads in the spring. Some will be transplanted to the garden. Others will be used for seed collection.

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These sleeping plants will produce beautiful flowers later in the year.  They will be part of the plant sale.

These sleeping plants will produce beautiful flowers later in the year. They will be part of the plant sale.

These stevia plants will be part of the plant sale.

These stevia plants will be part of the plant sale.

The rosemary is in a pot that has been buried in the soil of the raised bed.  The mustard is keeping the rosemary company.  In the spring, the rosemary will go outside.  The mustard will be allowed to bolt.

The rosemary is in a pot that has been buried in the soil of the raised bed. The mustard is keeping the rosemary company. In the spring, the rosemary will go outside. The mustard will be allowed to bolt.

Ice from the recent freezing rain event remains on the north side of the greenhouse.

Ice from the recent freezing rain event remains on the north side of the greenhouse.

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These two plants are over wintering nicely.  The lavender will be transplanted into the herb garden.  The parsley will be allowed to go to seed.

These two plants are over wintering nicely. The lavender will be transplanted into the herb garden. The parsley will be allowed to go to seed.

This parsnip will be allowed to go to seed.

This parsnip will be allowed to go to seed.

The raised bed is busy this winter.

The raised bed is busy this winter.

The fan is connected to a temperature sensor.  It only turns on when the temperature is over 85 degrees F.

The fan is connected to a temperature sensor. It only turns on when the temperature is over 85 degrees F.

Silver sage has fuzzy leaves.  This one will be put outside in a larger pot in the spring.  It will be brought into the greenhouse every fall.  I will start some for the plant sale.

Silver sage has fuzzy leaves. This one will be put outside in a larger pot in the spring. It will be brought into the greenhouse every fall. I will start some for the plant sale.

 

Thor had fun scratching at and rolling in the ice.  I love my pets.

Thor had fun scratching at and rolling in the ice. I love my pets.

As an experiment, rue and feverfew were allowed to over winter outside in pots.  So far, so good.

As an experiment, rue and feverfew were allowed to over winter outside in pots. So far, so good.

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I started fenugreek from seeds in late spring. ¬†They sprouted and grew nicely. ¬†However, since my herb garden wasn’t ready, I did not get the opportunity to transplant them. ¬†Consequently, I had too many plants in too small a pot. ¬†They only got about three inches tall.

I had read that fenugreek is an annual. ¬†I decided to transplant a few of the dying plants in late autumn. ¬†I put the pot in my bathroom. ¬†I figured that they would die anyway, but I wanted to try it anyway. ¬†Many annuals that I’ve brought into the house for the winter die anyway.

The fenugreek, however, is starting to grow. ¬†The plants are now about four inches tall and have many new leaves. ¬†Every source I’ve ever read states that fenugreek is an annual. ¬†But now, I’m starting to wonder if it’s actually a tender perennial.

More research is needed. ¬†I’ll keep you posted on the plants’ progress, and I’ll try to get photos up soon.

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I have been a member of several local freecycle groups for many years. ¬†Mostly I monitor but don’t post. ¬†I decided to offer some plants recently. ¬†My greenhouse was ready for use later in the season, and so some of the plants I started are still young. ¬†They’ve never been in their own beds, so they can’t overwinter outside this year. ¬†I could probably transplant some of them into the field, but I would rather put them in permanent beds once those are ready. ¬†I was hoping to have them ready this year, but that didn’t happen. ¬†I was hoping to have my herb garden complete by now. ¬†Well, there’s always next year for that.

The plants I offered on freecycle were feverfew, common sage, hiciscus, and stevia. ¬†I’ve gotten many responses, including one who told me that I didn’t have to dig them up since they could overwinter outside. ¬†I wrote a polite response explaining the circumstances. ¬†The other respondents were quite interested and agreed to bring their own pots and soil.

I thought about posting this on the plant swap group to which I belong, but the freecycle way is easier.  Easy is good right now.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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