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Harvesting heads of lettuce before they bolt! It was a long winter and a hot May, and the greens are showing it. If you harvest the lettuce after it starts flowering, it becomes milky and tastes very bitter. If you like to save seeds though, you may be happy to see the greens bolting! . . . . . . . #organicgardening #organicgardenerschool #lettuce #greens #fromthegarden #homegrown #homegrownfood #homegrownveggies #vegetablegarden #vegetablegardener #gardeningknowhow #garden #gardening #gardener #backyardgarden #homegarden #homegardener #gardenharvest #todaysharvest #harvest #growityourself #growyourown #growyourownfood #growyourownveggies #growwhatyoueat #ediblegarden #veggiepatch #gardenlife #gardenlove #gardenlover
Do you ever wonder why your apple tree doesn’t produce many apples? There are a few things that could be affecting your tree. First of all, make sure you are keeping up on your winter watering. Many people lose trees and shrubs due to not enough moisture over the winter. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the ground is frozen. A second thing to keep in mind is that some apple varieties produce a heavy load of apples every other year, with much lighter production the years in between. So if you had a light year for apples, there might not be anything wrong at all. It’s just that the tree took so much energy on the last year‘s production that it doesn’t have as much left over the next year. Next, apples do better when cross pollinated with another apple, just like with blueberries. So if you are thinking of planting a new apple tree or two, you might want to make sure you get two different varieties. Lastly, the most common reason in our experience to not have apples, is because of a false spring/late frost. Many times in the Rocky Mountains, we will get warm weather in February or March long enough to make the fruit trees produce buds. Then come the April and May blizzards that kill off all the fruit. The tree puts so much energy into making those buds that it won’t be able to do it again until next year. If you’d like a gardening challenge, try moving to Colorado. June and September freezes, while July and August are 107° everyday with no rain, just wildfires. Maybe this year there won’t be any apple killing frosts! Good luck everyone. . . . . . #organicgardening #organicgardener #organicgardenerschool #apple #apples #appletrees #appletree #fruittrees #orchard #freshfruit #homegrown #homegrownfood #homegrownfruit #growyourown #growyourownfood #growyourownfruit #fruitfarm #flowers #blossom #appleblossom #floweringtrees #springgarden #springtime #whitetree #naturephotography #scenery #plants #gardenaddict #gardenlife #gardenlove
Most tulips aren’t true perennials, but this Darwin Hybrid Tulip will come back year after year. There are basically 3 types of tulips that are true perennials: Darwin Hybrids, Viridiflora, and Botanical. Most tulips that people buy do not fall into these categories. So if you are wondering why your 4 year old tulip bulbs are only producing foliage and no flowers, that’s why. Tulips have largely been bred to create one single perfect flower, so florists consider them to be annuals. If you’d like to have true perennial tulips, stick to the varieties mentioned above! . . . . . . #organicgardening #flowers #flower #tulip #tulips #perennials #perennialgarden #flowergardening #flowergarden #flowerbed #backyardgarden #homegrown #homegrownflowers #growyourownflowers #flowersofinstagram #floweroftheday #organicgardenerschool #gardentips #gardeningtips #redflowers #bulbs #bulb #flowerbulbs #raisedgardenbeds #raisedbedgarden #garden #gardening #gardener #gardensofinstagram #instagarden
These cotyledons belong to something the bees will appreciate, dandelions! Not just any dandelion, but pink ones! I noticed several people not recommending pink dandelion seeds. They say it only produces greens and no flowers. What these people probably don’t realize is that you probably won’t see any blooms until the second year. That’s not necessarily the case with all dandelions, but the pink ones are especially slow. Looks like we won’t be able to show you what the flowers look like for another year! . . . . . . #dandelion #dandelions #cotyledon #fromseed #growingfromseed #perennial #perennials #perennialflowers #perennialgarden #permaculture #permaculturegarden #edibleflowers #edibleflower #edibleornamentalgarden #pinkflowers #flowergardening #flowergarden #flowerseeds #organicgardenerschool #babyplants #seedstarting #homegrown #howtogrow #growyourown #savethebees #bees #beefood #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly
Daffodils insure that everyone knows it’s spring, but what if yours aren’t blooming? If you planted bulbs last fall and are seeing foliage with no blooms, they may have not been planted correctly. Besides planting the root side down and the pointy end up, Daffodil bulbs need to be planted 2 to 3 times as deep as they are in length. When they are planted too shallow, they don’t garner enough energy to produce a bloom. Not only that but if they are planted too close to the surface they could dry out or get colder than they want to get. If you are sure the daffodils were planted correctly then you may need to feed them some nutrients, but usually the main cause is planting depth.
Crocus, a symbol of hope. It’s the first flower to bloom in the garden for many people. After a few years, they produce more corms that can then be divided and replanted. Deer will usually leave the crocuses alone unless they are starving, but rabbits and squirrels may be more of an issue. Rabbits and squirrels like to dig up crocus bulbs to munch on. An organic spray like bobbex will deter deer and rabbit, but not the squirrels. If you’re really having a big problem with squirrels a sure way to keep them out is to place a chicken wire dome over your crocus. That’s if you have already emptied your machine gun ;) . . . . #crocus #crocuses #flower #flowers #springflowers #bulbs #corms #saffron #springgarden #organicgardenerschool #organicgardening #organicgarden #organicgardener #instagarden #gardensofinstagram #gardenersofinstagram #instagardeners #flowergardening #flowergarden #growyourownflowers #instaflowers #flowersofinstagram #homegarden #homegardener #perennials #perennial #whiteflowers #smallflowers #gardening #gardeningtips
Tulips! More and more signs of spring by the day! Did you know that not all varieties of tulips bloom at the same time? If you would like to maximize the amount of time there are tulips blooming in your garden, plant as many varieties as you can! You could have tulips for 6 weeks potentially! Of course you’ll have to wait until fall to plant bulbs, but if you are the type to buy plants in the spring it’s something to consider. Just beware of the deer and rabbits, they love the stuff. If you’re having a problem with your tulips getting munched on, you can use an organic deterrent called Bobbex (or something similar). It’s a mixture made up of natural components like herbs and garlic that cute munchers don’t like the taste of, or smell! . . . . . . #tulip #tulips #bulbs #springbulbs #springtulips #folliage #organicgardenerschool #perennials #flower #flowers #growyourownflowers #growyourown #tuliptime #organicgardening #organicflowers #flowercare #growingflowers #growingtulips #springflowers #flowergarden #flowergardening #floralarrangement #florist #flowersofinstagram #instaflowers
Evidence of Spring! If your chives are starting to get crowded, keep reading. Even in zone 5, things are starting to pop up. Chives are hardy down to a zone 3 and actually benefit from the cold season. A pot of chives you bring in for the winter will not have as many blooms as the ones that were left outside. If you’ve had chives for a few years or more, they may be in need of division. Lots of flowering perennials prefer to be divided in the Spring, but not chives. It’s important to wait until late summer/early fall to divide your chives. If you do it in the spring they will likely not flower until the next year. When you do divide your chives, keep them in chunks of about 4 plants per clump. Wait until the chives are done blooming to divide and the following spring, every clump you transplanted will be flowering. You’ll have so many chives you won’t know what to do with all of them, but the bees will love it!
Although an annual, this German Chamomile made it through the winter and is looking better everyday. Typically chamomile doesn’t survive subzero temperatures, but there are a couple factors here that have kept it alive. For the coldest part of the winter, which is hopefully over, the area was heavily mulched. The chamomile you see here was self-seeded last year, but didn’t get a chance to flower before the fall frost came. Because the flower wants to complete it’s life cycle by reproducing, it fought extra hard to stay alive through the cold so that it can produce seed after it warms up. It will be amazing to have chamomile flowers in early spring, and very exiting to already be seeing so much green in the garden! . . . . . . #chamomile #flowers #medicinal #annuals #selfseeded #organicgardenerschool #garden #gardening #gardener #gardenersofinstagram #gardenlife #gardenerlife #wintergarden #wintergardening #organicgardening #nongmo #naturalgarden #coldhardy #gardentime #gardentips #germanchamomile #landscaping #plant #plants #planting #gardendesign #herbgarden #teagarden #herbaltea #medicinegarden
One of the first signs of spring is the Clematis leafing out. Although it may be tempting to pull off all of the dead, you need to be very slow and careful. Clematis vines, before they start leafing out, appear as they are dead. Not only are they the same color as the dead foliage, but they are extremely brittle and will snap right in half. The best way to trim back the dead on a clematis is to start from the very tips of the ends and work your way in. By starting from the ends, there is much less risk of cutting off living branches. If you accidentally remove something you thought was dead, there will be hardly any loss to the plant by not starting at the base or middle. A general rule for testing if a plant or stem is alive is to take your clippers or a knife and peel back some of the outer layer. If that reveals anything green the plant is still alive. If you peel back the outer layer and all you can see is dried up brown on the inside, the plant or stem is no longer viable. With Clematis, it is sometimes safer to let more green fill in before removing the dead, but waiting too long will make it difficult to reach. Either way, we are just happy to see the first signs of Spring!
Growing peppers this year? Seedlings should be around 7 or 8 weeks old before getting transplanted outside. Since a lot of seed starting cells are very small, you can’t leave the plants growing in them the entire time they’re inside for the 7-8 weeks. There’s just not enough soil in a small cell to support the root system. Since February/March is still way too cold to plant peppers outside in most zones, you’ll need to transfer them into solo cup sized pots for the remainder of their time indoors. Transplanting into too big of pot will take up too much precious space under your grow light or greenhouse and waste potting soil. Make sure you don’t transplant too early. Baby seedling roots can be very delicate, so wait until there are 2+ true leaves before removing peppers from their original seed starting cells. The peppers you see in this post are ready to be transplanted into larger pots now. They will stay in their new pots until May. If you’re thinking 3 months is a long time to keep seedlings inside, consider the gardening zone. In this part of the Colorado Rocky Mountains it’s a zone 5, which means we still get snow or freezes in late spring/early summer. The problem with simply waiting an extra month or two to start pepper seeds is the high number of days to harvest. Hot peppers can take 150+ days until you can pick fruit. If you wait too long to start your hot pepper seedlings in a zone 5, your plants will succumb to the first fall frost before you ever get to pick a pepper. So if you’re in a colder zone and want to grow hot peppers, it’s a good idea to invest in a grow light. Happy seed starting everyone! Let the growing season begin!