• Last spring my garden is alive after along winter sleep. Plenty of work to be done. Planted many vegetable seedlings grown in the greenhouse. Lettuce, carrot (sowed direct into the ground), collard, kale, Swiss chard, corn, pumpkin, potato, beet, summer squash, tomato and leek. The garden is doing great. Just yesterday I harvested several zuccinni. Right away I made zuccinni chocolate cake. It is always a joy to be able to harvest from your own garden and cook with the vegetable that you grow yourself. Gardening is an excellent exercise for body and mind. Regardless how big or small your garden is.
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Garden Hints for February

Looking around the garden after the winter storm,  lots of work to be done.  Strawberry plants needs to be pruned.  I found this garden information a help.

  • Have soil test performed on garden plot to determine nutrient needs.
  • Test leftover seeds by placing a few of each in a damp-rolled paper towel.  Keep in a warm place for five days and see how many germinate. If none sprout, you need a new supply of seeds.
  • All out slug and snail control begins as new shoots of annuals and perennials appear.
  • Prune clematis, and other Vining ornamentals.
  • Plant seed flats of cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts).
  • Good time to plant fruit trees and deciduous shrubs.
  • Delayed dormant sprays of lime sulfur for fruit and deciduous trees and shrubs.
  • Dig and divide irises that are at least five years old.  Give extra to friend or enlarge your plantings.
  • Give rhubab clumbs a mulch of manure or a complete fertilizer to stimulate growth.
  • Consider making a hotbed or cold-frame for growing transplants.
  • Repair winter damage on trees and shrubs.
  • Prune roses.  Now is a good time to plant roses and new rose varieties.
  • As soil warms and earthworms become more active, so do the moles.  Trapping is the bes control.
  • If weather permits and soil is dry enough, spade or till garden areas for planting later.
  • Make planting plan for your vegetable garden;  include vegetable names, planting location, row spacing, plant spacing, succession crops.
  • Spade or plow down cover crops or other organic matter.

Happy Gardening !

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2010 in review with 1000 visitors…..

Year 2010 with WordPress and having 1000 viewers that was a good start.  So, I am sharing the review with everyone…….

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 73 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 9th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was About Me, Riosamba.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were slashingtongue.com, riosamba.wordpress.com, en.forums.wordpress.com, digg.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cherry plum tree, cherry plum tree pictures, converting carport into greenhouse, riosamba, and wild cherry plum.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

About Me, Riosamba March 2010

2

Cherry-Plum Tree in The Spring March 2010
4 comments

3

CANADA GEESE NOT ON OUR LAWN March 2010
1 comment

4

Forsythia Welcoming Spring March 2010

5

Autumn Harvest and Cleaning The Garden September 2010
2 comments

Thanks everyone for visiting my garden/ photography blog and success  may continue through 2011.