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Rainbow Garden

Location:  Roebling, NJ

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Oregano, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes, WEEDS,Compost

Animals:  Cats, Dogs, KIDS

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  We joined a CSA this year and are planning our first raised beds for next season. I am a mom who wants to control as much of what goes on to the family table as i can and this means growing what I can in my small plot of earth.

 
 

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  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: Rainbow Garden on May 30th, 2011 at 02:44 pm

    Today is a beautiful New Jersey Day. My garden is spectacular. I started a new crop of lettuce and spinach today, and finished the melon patch. I also had a few organic tomato plants and lavender that needed to be put in the ground. I hear of local folks who are already harvesting some zukes and squash but right now all i have are blooms. this is my first full scale garden and I am so proud of the progress. Ohh and I ordered some Ladybugs today I hope they are hungry

 
  • Posted by: MommaLeah on April 5th, 2011 at 05:54 am

    Thanks, if you want a list of the plants I used to dye the wool (or need wool), just let me know and I'd be happy to send it to you. Leah

 
  • Posted by: Shellie on March 20th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Oh you are so lucky to be getting in the dirt already. I've still got snow and growing puddles. But there's hope! Enjoy those dirty hands!

 
  • Posted by: Rainbow Garden on March 12th, 2011 at 05:43 pm

    SPRING SPRING SPRING - OK maybe not officially yet but 50 degrees no chance of frost for the next week!!! I will take it. Today we tilled the area for our raised beds, mixed the planting medium (compost dried manure and peat moss) and filled up the beds that will get the potatoes, onion, and garlic this week.
    Garlic in on the ides of march potatoes on St.Paddies day. I also got the rest of the seeds started and they will be ready to transplant by end of april when my garden should be nice and warn and ready!!!..
    I am so happy.... My hands are dirty and i can taste the salsa already!!!

 
  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on February 23rd, 2011 at 04:26 pm

    Thanks for requesting to be a friend. I too use a CSA and several local farmers to fill in what I don't have room to grow. I buy corn, green beans, butterbeans and field peas by the bushel to help fill the freezer. Good luck with your raised beds. I find that raised beds are easy to keep weeded and just make the garden look nice.

 
  • Posted by: MommaLeah on February 23rd, 2011 at 03:37 pm

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only gardener using a CSA instead of doing it myself. I just don't have room to grow everything.

    Every grow grapes or fruit trees/bushes?

    Leah

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 21st, 2011 at 06:54 am

    Rainbow Garden, Things around the urban ranch have been a little busy the last couple weeks. For a week I helped some friends with electrical wiring for some ceiling lights. We removed three fluorescent lights and replaced them with 15 can lights. We split a circuit off an existing circuit to a circuit of its own and wired in a new circuit as well. It did turn out really well.

    The weather here has all the signs of spring but our frost free date for this area is May 15th. I don't know about the tulips and daffodils being up already. I tried to convince them it wasn't time to be waking up but they just gave me the silent treatment. We had a warm week last week which melted all the snow and started the spring thaw. It was nearly 70 degrees one day and the time spent out on the front yard patio was a welcome change from the cold snowy winter weather. This week looks to be a little cooler but still not bad for February in Nebraska.

    My daughter decided to replace my grandson's bed with a nice flat box furniture bed. For two days I tackled the task of assembling three boxes of parts into a Captain's twin bed. I had to laugh at the instructions which had five steps for the assembly and that the bed was made in Vietnam. I don't think much is manufactured in the States any more.

    Hopefully, I can get back to working on the storage area this week. Spring is indeed coming and I need to get my winter project completed before the outside projects begin.

    I hope you are enjoying the pre spring time of garden and flower anticipation. Have a great day.

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 4th, 2011 at 05:18 pm

    Well, the great snow storm of February seems to be over. Here in Nebraska the snow accumulation was about 8 to 12 inches with 40 mph winds driving the wind chill down to -20+. I was brutal outside and school was cancelled two days this week. I finally cleared the driveway and sidewalk only to find out the possibility of more snow on the way this weekend. When the weather men say don't worry it will only be flurries, I start to be concerned. I do love a good snow. It always makes things look so clean and fresh. It was just too cold to get out and play in the snow so grandson and I staid inside and did games and puzzles.

    I've been working on a food storage area in my basement and the progress has been slow but sure. My plan is to have the area completed by fall harvest time. If you want to read more about that project you can go to my personal blog

    http://www. olddavesgarden. blogspot.com . You have to manually remove the spaces in the link for the link to work.

    I have some major rewiring of cable TV and telephone lines that have been run willy nilly over the last 25 years that I've lived here. It just goes to show that if it's done right the first time then it won't have to be redone later.

    Well folks, it's only 44 days until spring, Phil the groundhog says it will be an early spring, and I'm ready for it to warm up.

    Have a great garden planning day.

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on January 24th, 2011 at 07:05 am

    Here we are bearing down on February. We are definitely into the new year.

    Ah, the joy of having the energy of a six year old in the house. Bradley and Gramps have tobogganed down the school yard hill this Winter. You should have seen us go down the big hill. We looked like the snowball express streaking down the hill with snow broiling up over the front of the toboggan as we whizzed down the hill. It scared the crap out of Bradley and it took about a half an hour before I could get him to go down the little hill. By the end of the day he was ready to tackle the big hill again, but Gramps told him we better just leave the slope on a positive note and think about it the next time we go tobogganing.

    The basement food storage project is moving along. The electrical wiring for the two new florescent lights with a new wall switch has been completed. The insulation in the ceiling will begin today with drywall right after that. It's been a challenging project and as with any projects there have been unexpected things to deal with. Distractions like shoveling snow and shoveling snow and then there's shoveling snow has been prominent the last couple weeks. Hopefully, that will settle down a bit this week and allow me more time to work on the project.

    I hope that your new year has started with many good positive things. The good news is it's only 56 days until spring and yes I am counting the countdown.

    Have a great garden anticipation day.

 
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