Winter Sowing Results / Transplanting into the Garden!

Hi Lovelies,

Wow, I seriously can’t believe that it’s already that time of year. While the weather has certainly been all over the place – it’s time to transplant some of my winter sowing containers into the ground!

Now, obviously there’s still a chance of frost here – until the first week of May. However, there are tons of great cold-tolerant plants ready to go out into the yard. Check some of them out, below!

Lettuces!

Kale!

Iceberg Lettuce!

Orach!

Brussel Sprouts!

Broccoli!

Feverfew!

Scented Stocks!

Sweet Peas! (Lathyrus Odoratus)

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Trying to Hybridize Daffodils for the First Time!

Hi Lovelies!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I should have planted more bulbs for spring. Maybe it wasn’t a post, it might have been in the podcast. Either way, I was talking about it somewhere! I’m seriously missing the fact that there are no new tulips, ranunculus, hyacinths, or anything else currently in bloom. However, I’ve still got my daffodils! I’ve got daffodils blooming everywhere!

With a little extra spare time on my hands, it was inevitable that I would eventually get the bright idea to try creating my own daffodil hybrid!

I’ll admit, when it comes to plant breeding, I am the absolute definition of the word “amateur”. I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing, but after consulting the internet – I decided I would try!

At a basic level, I proceeded as follows:

  1. Find a pollen donor.
  2. Find a seed parent.
  3. Remove pollen via tweezers, paintbrush, etc.
  4. Apply pollen to stigma of seed parent.
  5. Tag and wait to collect seeds.

It’s important to realize that things are totally not as simplistic as I make them seem in this post. I usually aim for simplicity whenever I write about things that I don’t fully have a grasp of. I’m sure there are tons of factors that I’ve not even given thought. For example, daffodils have “perfect” flowers which enable them to potentially self-pollinate. I honestly have no idea at what rate this occurs. I’m sure removing pollen from the seed parent would be an important step if one was out to create an uncontaminated cross. There are various types of narcissus, and I can’t say with certainty that all types will readily/freely cross with each other. You get the idea. One of the reasons that I love blogging and social media so much is to share experiences and ideas – even if something that I try is a complete failure, it may actually be helpful to someone out there!

For more info, check out the YouTube video that goes with this blog post:

Easy to Grow, Direct Sow Summer Annual Flowers – Ornamental Gardening

Hi Lovelies!

It’s that time of the year, again! I’m over-the-moon, insanely excited to start growing things again – but it’s not quite the time, yet! Anywho, since I literally haven’t been able to think about anything but growing and planting flowers; I thought I would go ahead and answer a common question that seems to pop-up pretty frequently. That question, of course, is: “What are some good flowers to grow for someone who’s never grown any before?”

Even though I’ve been growing flowers for awhile now, I still can’t help but want to classify myself as a “beginner” gardener. I have learned so much through the process of trial and error, with lots and lots of emphasis on the word “error.” Though the last thing I would ever do would consider myself an expert (about anything, lol), I have learned quite a bit from the school of “this garden is a total disaster. Do you even have any clue what you’re doing?!”

Below, I’ve picked my absolute favorite garden plants for beginner gardeners who are completely new growing flowers. The reason that I decided on these flowers is that, for the most part, they are very forgiving. As always, it’s important to keep in mind that every garden is different. What’s easy for me, may not be easy for you – and vice versa. These suggestions are based on my own personal experiences. Please feel free to add your own experiences in the comments section! Hope you’re having a really great day! 🙂

Many ornamental flowers and cut flowers are TOXIC. ALWAYS do your own research and take responsibility for the plants that you introduce around your kids, pets, and everyone else. Use common sense when handling plant materials: wear gloves, always wash hands, avoid contact with face, etc. NEVER consume any plant which you have not positively identified with complete certainty to be safe and edible. Before planting anything, research to determine whether specific flowers are considered invasive where you live or if there are laws that apply to their planting in your area.

Scarlet Runner Beans – I love scarlet runner beans for many reasons. Most notably, their profusion of gorgeous red blooms. Though these runner beans aren’t the greatest for cut flowers, they’re generally carefree and easy to grow – provided they are given an adequate trellis to climb! Direct sow the seeds after all chance of frost.

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Sunflowers – I can’t make a list of easy to grow annual flowers, without including sunflowers. Before I started gardening, sunflowers were one of the very few flowers that I even knew the name of and could identify. I know that some people really dislike growing sunflowers, but for me, I would never want to have a garden without them. Simply direct sow after the threat of frost is gone.

Amaranth – Amaranth is another one of my all-time favorite plants. Upon first glace, it may not seem very exciting. However, it’s dual -purpose makes me want to happy dance through the garden. There are a few different types of amaranth – some better used for greens and some better used for grains. Both foliage and grain types of amaranths can also be used as cut flowers. The seeds are easy to direct sow after the danger of frost and often reseed themselves freely. In fact, I still have volunteers coming up from the variety that I planted 5 years ago. I always let my volunteers go to seed, and they seem to take care of themselves quite well. Amaranths don’t seem to like being transplanted, so the scattered look of direct seeded plants is perfectly okay with me.

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Nasturtiums – Nasturtiums are another one of my favorite dual-purpose garden plants. Not only are they beautiful, they’re insanely easy to grow (direct sowing after frost, noticing a pattern?). Many people choose to include nasturtiums in their veggie gardens, but its foliage can also add a nice creative touch to flower arrangements.

Zinnias – I think zinnias may be my favorite flowers. After all, a package of zinnia seeds is what started it all – this flower madness. Zinnias are perfect for a beginner gardener with warm summer temperatures. Though those who live in milder climates may not have the same luck with these flowers. Zinnias thrive in my summer heat, and often reach over 6 feet tall from direct sowing after the threat of frost is gone.

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Balsam – While balsam may not be as popular as zinnias, in my garden, they have proven themselves to be just as easy to grow. I simply direct sow after the chance of frost is gone. Since balsam is in the impatiens family, I usually direct sow these flowers in part shade. However,  I have seen conflicting info online that would indicate that they may prefer a full-sun location. They seem to do really well in the hot summer weather and are usually pretty carefree.

Hyacinth Vine, Mina Lobata Vine, and Morning Glory – Annual vines are a great way to add visual interest into your garden. I use beautiful climbing vines such as these to cover my ugly privacy fence, and of course, try to block out my curious (and obnoxious) neighbors. All three of these vines are easily direct sown into the garden after the danger frost has passed. Make sure to provide a strong trellis, as some of these plants can get surprisingly heavy!

For more examples of summer annuals that are super easy to grow from seed, you may want to check out my latest YouTube video below!

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Direct Sowing in February?!

Hello all you gorgeous and wonderful blog readers! How’s it going? I hope you’re well.

The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous lately. The sun is shining; the birds are singing. Most importantly, I’m thinking about starting my vegetable garden for the spring! Last time I took a look-see at the 10 day forecast, I immediately became giggly with excitement. Ten days worth of sunshine, moderate temperatures, and nights above freezing. I decided to take action.

I’ve decided to go ahead and do a little gambling, and roll the dice with an early spring planting. Now, I should be clear – my last frost date isn’t until the first week of May. I am NOT planting out anything that is tender. Summer annuals are NOT something I’m even thinking about. However, there are several plants whose tolerance to cold and frost make them a great candidate to go ahead and direct sow into the garden early in the season.

Normally, veggies like peas and spinach are safe to direct sow here in my zone (zone 6b/7) on March 1st. With the extended forecast looking as it does, I feel completely safe about going ahead and putting some seeds into the ground. When you think about it, I’m only really planting out a few weeks earlier than I normally would. Below is a list of the seeds that I direct sowed, and a little bit of an explanation as to why I decided to do so –

  • Shell Peas – Edible garden peas are surprisingly hardy. In the past, I’ve planted them into the garden and had them briefly covered in snow and ice without any damaged. If I remember correctly, germination is best when the soil temperature is around 50F. I don’t have a soil thermometer, but with warmer air temperatures and lots of sunshine – I feel fairly confident that there will not be any issues.
  • Spinach – Literally the only time that I’ve ever been successful with spinach is when I direct sow it. I threw a giant handful of seeds onto the ground, and I’m hoping for the best. I know that the spinach will have no issues with the cold because somehow I still have spinach growing that I planted from last fall. I love greens that keep on growing without me.
  • Quinoa and Orach – I fall planted my quinoa and orach last year in an effort to over winter it. Even though the plants died when the temperatures hit 8F, they did survive a lot of cold weather – down to about 25F. Quinoa seems to germinate very readily at a variety of soil temperatures.
  • Chamomile – Chamomile over winters quite easily in my garden. Additionally, it germinates well at various soil temperatures. I know this will not be an issue.
  • Shiso – I’ve never grown this before. I know it requires cold stratification. I’m interested to see if this will actually germinate and how to performs.
  • Wheat – Germination is always great and the cold doesn’t seem to impact the grass-like plants at all. Definitely a good choice, as long as I can keep animals from eating all of the seeds.
  • Cilantro – I’ve actually never grown cilantro. The internet told me to plant it. We’ll see what happens. I’m skeptical. Lol.

That’s about it! I hope that this was somehow helpful! I’d love to hear all about how your garden is growing! What are some of the first things that you direct sow outside into the garden? Tell me in the comments! Hope you’re having a really great day!

Don’t forget to check out the podcast! 🙂

Starting Tomatoes and Peppers, Already??!

Hi Lovelies,

This is it – the first step I’m taking to get back into the rhythm of blogging on the regular. With that said, I’ve definitely failed. So, being totally honest, I had every single intention of making this a full-on detail oriented blog post. But, guess who completely forgot to take ANY pictures….

That’s right. I completely forgot. If it’s any consolation (probably not), there is a somewhat detailed video below that you can check out if you’re absolutely new to gardening and to starting tomato and pepper seeds for the first time.

Though I will admit that the details of this blog post were kind of a letdown, I do have some exciting news – at least, I think it’s exciting! The first episode of the podcast is up and online! Hooray! The podcast is definitely something that I’ve wanted to do for a long while now, and even though there are still a lot of kinks to work out (both format and technical stuff), I really hope that you enjoy it. I’m sure that it will continue to improve and evolve over time.

Check out the podcast! 🙂 🙂

I hope that everyone is having a really wonderful day! 🙂

I’m back!

Hi Lovelies,

Oh my! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? With the growing season right around the corner, I’m happy to say that one of my goals for the season is to get back into the habit of blogging (in addition to posting regular content all over social media, lol).

When the winter is the coldest, I always start dreaming of the beautiful things that are possible for the season. This season is no exception, and I really hope I have the opportunity to make it great! 🙂 🙂 The “wheels” have been “falling off the wagon” over here, so I’m hopeful for good things to come.

I’ve really got a lot planned. This year, I’ll be diving back into growing a lot of vegetables, in addition to flowers. Growing my own food sparked my love of gardening, so I’m really excited to be able to get that part of me back. Though I’m still limited on space (about 30’x30′ yard), I plan on cramming as many plants into the area as possible and just hoping for the best.

As for current growing news, I’ve already started my winter sowing for the year. I’ve already written up tons and tons of posts about winter sowing here on the blog, so I won’t make you read all about how much I love it again, lol. Even though it’s only January, I’ve already got cabbage and lettuce seedlings out in the jugs! Exciting!

If by chance you would like to check out what I’m winter sowing – these videos will definitely be helpful! I hope that everyone is well and that your gardens are growing beautifully! Much love! 🙂 🙂