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Enjoy your garden!
Why should we start a garden?
Gardening gives us a chance to get away from the world and enjoy the pleasures of nature.
The fresh air and sunshine and the soil, believe it or not, are all healthy for our body.
The moderate exercise of gardening makes us stronger and more flexible. Our minds enjoy the pleasure of new experiences and gaining new knowledge.
We get to enjoy the wonders of the wildlife that come to visit our garden. There are the wonderful garden harvests to share with our family and neighbors.
Gardening is full of many joys!
What types of vegetables will you grow in your garden?
Choose the vegetables for your home garden. What will grow in the cool springtime or the hot summers?
What vegetables do the old-timers grow that are easy vegetables for the beginner?
What vegetables will grow in the shade?
Yay! I saw the first butterfly of the season. It was a Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
I love planting flowers for them and identifying the different types of butterflies.
It makes my heart leap with joy when I see one. Thank goodness warmer weather is here, so the butterflies are coming out.
It's amazing to me how the butterflies overwintered in the minus ten degree weather we had this winter. But here they are!
What type of butterflies are you seeing in your yard?
It's time to plant summer vegetables now.
After the last spring frost has gone, we can safely plant warm weather vegetables.
When the air is warm and the soil temperatures are 60 degrees or warmer, plant summer vegetables and melons.
It's time to plant corn. Everyone likes corn, even the dog in the photo. You may also plant tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green beans, eggplant and okra.
They all love the warm summer weather.
Where I live we had snow and a hard freeze. Lots of people, myself included had their spring vegetables planted, including tomatoes.
My neighbor had leaf lettuce, tomatoes, pepper plants and some broccoli plants I had given her. My garden had strawberries in bloom, broccoli, heirloom sugar snap peas, plus some English peas that were just sprouting.
As you can guess, the cool season crops were the winners. My neighbor said her lettuce and broccoli were just fine, but her tomatoes and peppers were gone.
Broccoli is a new plant for me to grow and I am so pleased how it took the bad weather. The broccoli, strawberries and peas were just fine. (Fortunately the snow melted off fast.) The tomato plants got hit, but the stems and lower leaves looked okay.
Now the tomatoes are putting out new growth from every leaf axil. The peas are starting to vine up their support. And the strawberries is setting fruit.
But, the star of the veggies is the broccoli. It's up about 16" tall. I'm anxious for the summer harvest. God is good, it's rewarding growing vegetables and watching them grow!
All the cruciferous vegetables in the cabbage family and cool season crops. We can plant them in the spring. And they can take the unseasonable weather.
Everybody likes carrots, says the horse.
Carrots are easy to grow in the home garden. They produce more per square foot of garden space, than any other vegetable. Plus they are easy to grow.
What other vegetables are fast and easy for the home gardener?
Leaf lettuce is a cool season crop that should be planted now. It is fast to production and will produce until hot summer weather. Then plant it again in fall for another harvest.
You may also plant Swiss Chard now. Swiss chard will give you a harvest of healthy greens all summer, right up until hard winter weather.
When the soil warms up a little more, you can plant summer squash, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes. Get you gardening gloves on, it's time to grow some easy vegetables.
The beautiful little hummingbirds are on their way north. They are in southern Missouri as of yesterday.
These amazing little beauties, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird fly non-stop across the Caribbean from Mexico or Central America. They will be hungry after their long trip.
We have the pleasure of having them here for the summer, up until the end of September. They eat every 10 to 15 minutes to fuel their tiny little bodies. If there are not enough flowers for them to get nectar from, they are happy to come to our feeders.
Making homemade hummingbird food is easy and it is such a pleasure seeing these tiny beauties flocking to our feeders.
Today, April 6th is national fresh tomato day! Celebrate this wonderful fruit today.
Yes tomatoes are actually a fruit, but call them veggies.
Tomatoes are the most popular home grown vegetable. Depending on where you live and when your last spring frost is, now is the time to plant tomatoes in your garden.
Tomatoes are tasty and keto friendly. They should be in every home garden. There are so many tomato varieties to choose. We could grow the same tomatoes grandmother grew or choose from the many modern varieties.
Whatever varieties you choose, plant them and enjoy fresh tomatoes on your table all summer long.
Grow some keto friendly fruit in your own backyard.
Strawberries are the easiest fruit to grow in your garden or on your porch.
Blueberries are handsome plants that make a nice landscape plant at the same time they provide delicious berries for the family.
Raspberries and blackberries are long-lived plants. They will live and produce their sweet fruit for 15 to 40 years.
Right now is the time to plant your bare root roses. The time will vary slightly depending on what area of the country is your home.
Bare root roses need to be planted before they leaf out. That is now. The roots need to have time to get established before warm weather is here.
Many bare root roses are available now at the garden centers. Choose varieties suitable for your climate.
You already know how to care for orchids, if you grow houseplants.
Orchids are one of the modern houseplants that are easy to take care of with just 3-4 things.
Spring is on the way!
After being covered with snow and below freezing temperatures for fourteen days, it's all gone now.
The sun is shining thank goodness. My first spring flowers, the crocus have popped up showing off their pretty blossoms. My garden has purple and yellow crocus. They also come in lavenders and pretty bi-colors.