Finished Planting my 2009 Vegetable Garden ~ Sparks, NV

After burying my beloved Max near the herb & blueberry garden I put what was left of my energy into planting the rest of my vegetable garden.

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Planted in the 6×6 raised bed are the following: carrots, red radishes, white radishes, heirloom beets, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.

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In the 12×4 raised bed I planted: garlic, red onions, yellow onions, tomatillas, bush blue lake beans, spacemaster cucumber, lemon cucumber, heirloom beets, broccoli, sweet italian pepper, jalapeno pepper, anaheim pepper, and hungarian stuffing peppers. (I ran out of room for the serrano and one other pepper so I gave them to a coworker)

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In the 12×2 in ground bed I put in mexican grey squash on one side and on the other one each of acorn squash, delicata squash, and hearts of gold cantaloupe (from Fallon, NV). In between all the squash I have 8 sweet white corn stalks.

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I found a Topsy-turvy thingy and planted a siberia fir tree heirloom tomato in it. In four containers I planted 2 brandywine heirloom tomatoes and 2 red siberia heirloom tomatoes.

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Out front, near Max’s grave, are two handmade pickle cucumber plants. In that same area I have 2 oregano, 3 sweet basil, 1 lemon thyme, dill, fennel, and a rosemary. 3 blueberry bushes and 1 Elderberry. There are also 3 lemon queen sunflowers that are growing pretty well for the Sunflower Bee Project.

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Way up front I have chamomile, italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bee balm. They wintered pretty well out there, I was surprised.

Now for some flower pictures ~ my lupine is blooming.

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And Columbine.

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Birds, Garden, Berries, and Quilts ~ Tuesday’s Nevada Rambles

I’m going to ramble all over the place…sort of how my brain has been working lately (budgets and budget revisions will do that to a person).

First off ~ my sister called me over the weekend saying she’s had a visiting Oriole in her backyard, feeding from the hummingbird feeder. Looks like a Bullock’s Oriole to me. I just don’t get it…she took some great pictures last May out in Washoe Valley when we took Mark Vollmer’s photography class. All I get in my yard are sparrows, scrub jays (which I love to death) finches, downy woodpecker, flickers, quail, dove, robins, junkos, and the occasional falcon and hawk…and those bloody pigeons. She gets the Oriole. Big sigh.

Here are a couple of her pictures…she lives at the very north end of Sun Valley, backing to BLM land.

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Lookie at this quit top I got for $10 at a local auction! It still needs some work to finish it off, but I’ve got fabric to do that. It’s a Wedding Ring quilt ~ done in the 1930’s-1940’s fabric. All hand-pieced. I absolutely love it. The colors and fabrics match a quilt top that my mom has of her Grandmothers.

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My Elderberry plant has berries setting! I just planted it earlier this spring and it looks like it’ll flower and have berries. Once I get the lawn up in that area I’ll be planting more elderberries and some more blueberry bushes.

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Horseradish ~ after not seeing it for a while I became worried I planted it wrong. Sure enough…I had it upside down. (Insert Homer Simpson sound effect here) Plant root cuttings with the narrow end downward and the cut end 2 to 3 inches below soil level…I had it going horizontal. It’s growing upwards now! 🙂

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This picture of 3 Lemon Queen Sunflowers is outdated now…they’ve had a growth spurt. Last night while watering I noticed that they are now 6″ tall. Can’t wait to start logging my data about the bees with the Great Sunflower Project.

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My backyard garden ~ picture taken over the weekend.

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Front and center raised bed has the following: 2 different types of radishes, carrots, heirloom beets, cabbage, brussels sprouts and two sunflowers that birds planted and a lettuce of some sort that must have been leftover from last year.

Bed in the back has garlic, red & yellow onions on the left, and broccoli & heirloom beets on the right. Soon I’ll have peppers and beans in the middle. The far left, against the back fence has Mexican grey squash. By the weekend (after Saturday’s Master Gardener plant sale) I’ll have heirloom tomatoes and tomatillos in the small raised bed (1×1) and in the other containers. Up front near the berry bushes I’ll have corn, pumpkins, and cucumbers.

Heh…I forgot the picture of what I found on my Weeping Cherry tree…berries! And the Green Mountain Maple is leafing out…

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Friday’s Ramblings ~ I’m pretty sure it’s Friday, no?!

The days seem to blur into one another when you are suddenly the only one in the office doing the work of what two people did before. I’m pretty sure it’s Friday.

We woke up to snow on the valley floor this morning. You’d think after 29 years of living in Northern Nevada that I’d get used to spring-time in Nevada. But I’m really getting tired of snow dumping on my blooming flowers and trees.

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Am hoping that the Weeping Cherry made it through all the rain last night and snow this morning.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Still playing in the front yard ~ Here’s what the front corner looked like it all the stages since last summer thru last weekend.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Next was getting rid of a cedar type of shurb to make room for 3 Blueberry bushes, 1 Elderberry bush and a place for an herb garden.

Making room for berries and herbs.

Making room for berries and herbs.

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Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

I also planted the LEMON QUEEN SUNFLOWER SEEDS in the corner and against the fence.

The pelican? It’s cut from some heavy metal…I found it at a local yard sale earlier in March. A guy had about 4 of them that he made for some local business that decided not to take them after all. I love pelicans so I got one for $5.

Our Canada Goose Mama is back…she makes her nest outside of our building, on the second floor…on a ledge! Every year…same place. Every year we take the babies down to the court yard when they’re big enough.

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Mama Canada Goose

Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

While walking into work yesterday morning there was this plant…am thinking it’s some sort of holly. Very pretty yellow flowers. UPDATE ~ Maybe it’s a Mahonia.

Holly of some sort??

Holly of some sort??

And a parting shot of some of the quail that come to feed in my yard ~

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We Killed Another Juniper! OORAH!

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’d know that I despise Junipers in any type of landscaping. And when we bought our house, which was built in 1915, the yard was full of the bloody shrubs…some of them the size of a single car garage. We dug and pulled and dug and cried and dug and chopped and sawed and dug most of them out of the yard.

One was left in my way….and on Saturday we sawed and dug the wee one out.

The wee Juniper had to die because I wanted to plant pretty plants that bees like. I love to garden…bees help my garden…therefore I love bees. And I’m going to make my yard a very happy place for bees.

While at Lowes, I wandered to the outdoor plant section while my husband went to the back to pick up something he needed to fix our side gate. I stood in front of the Mediterranean Heather plants for 5 minutes mesmerized by all the bees. Happy bees. Very very happy bees. I want those happy bees in my yard, so I picked out two plants, one in pink and one in white and took them home with me.

After taking out the small juniper, with a big trunk, I planted the heather. This type of Heather blooms in the winter and spring (great for rock gardens) ~ takes full sun, fast growing, hardy to -20F. It’s near my Russian Sage…so when the Heather stops flowering, the Russian Sage will pick up where it left off.

I planted four horseradish plants in the strip between the two sets of bricks (believe it or not, but that is the space I grew two rows of sweet corn last year!)…see picture below.

Also, if you take a look at the upper right corner ~ I’m debating on either planting 3 Blueberry plants and some Elderberries OR that will be the spot I plant the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash).

I’ve narrowed down the Blueberry plants to either TORO or the BLUECROP.