My Haul from the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale ~ May 2009

Saturday morning I was up and out of the house by 5:45, picked up my mom and was standing in line at UNCE’s parking lot by 6:15 am. There were only 4 people in front of us…while waiting we had a great chat with one of the Master Gardener’s, Rachael. She’s been in charge of the greenhouse on Valley Road for the last six years.

Tomatoes seem to be the one thing that everyone races for…some people were down-right rude. Big sigh. But I got my ‘maters, and more, without hitting someone over the head with my box. 🙂

All my wee babies are out on the back patio hardening themselves…as they were just taken from the greenhouse on Friday. I’ll plant them by this coming Saturday, if not a bit sooner.

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Plants that I bought:

2 Homemade Pickles Cucumber
1 Spacemaster Cucumber
1 Lemon Cucumber
2 Hungarian Stuffing Peppers
1 Acorn Squash
1 Serrano Pepper
1 Delicata Squash
2 Jalapeno Peppers
2 Chamomile, German
4 Tomatillo Heirloom
1 Greek Oregano
2 Brandywine Heirloom Tomato
1 Silvery Fir Tree Heirloom Tomato
2 Red Siberian Heirloom Tomato
1 Sage
1 Parsley
1 Rosemary
1 Fennel Bronze
1 Feverfew
2 American Legion Poppy

Those will be added to the broccoli, cabbage, brussels spouts, beets, carrots, radishes, garlic, red & yellow onions, grey squash, hearts of gold cantaloupe, dill, rosemary, lemon thyme, thyme, sweet basil, oregano, Italian parsley that are already planted.

Still needed are bush bean, sweet white corn, and pumpkin seeds.

****** UPDATE: ******I forgot to add that Rachael said they get a lot of their seeds from Botanical Interests, Inc. in Colorado. They’re great seeds for our altitude here in Northern Nevada.

Garden Pictures & Birthday Weekend

I went out and took pictures last night after watering the garden ~ it’s the first time I’ve had to water in a week with all the rain we’ve been having!

The green onions and carrots are about 1″ to 1-1/4″ in height now. Radishes getting bigger. Peppers looking good….as are the pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, corn, peas and beans! YEAH! All of the herbs are growing nicely too.

My niece’s birthday is Saturday and she wants to go camping! Her party will be at Davis Creek Park out in Washoe Valley. So, I’ll be spending some time out there tomorrow exploring the park with a bunch of girls and their parents. 🙂 Below is a picture of Hannah and Nathan at Davis Creek Pond last year.

Hope everyone has a GREAT WEEKEND! Will be back on Monday with lots of pictures. 🙂

Happy Dance! My Backyard Raised Garden Beds are FINISHED!

Big sigh ~ resting my biceps and hoping the 12+ bruises on my legs will heal fast…but it’s all worth it! My backyard raised garden beds are FINISHED! We finished on Saturday ~ and just in the nick of time as a weather front moved in that night and brought winds. Next weekend is supposed to be in the 90’s!

Get set for lots of pictures ~

Here is what 3 cubic yards of double mix soil and 3 cubic yards of decomposed granite looks like sitting outside our property in the alley. We had to haul it from along the front of the house to the side and out back.

As stated in the early post ~ I went to Oxborrow Trucking & Landscaping in Reno to order my dirt and d.g. Got the call at 1:15 pm that the driver will be there in 20 minutes…shut everything down at work and left to meet him. The driver was out front when I got home…had the dirt dumped in no-time flat, very friendly and helpful! I would definitely recommend them to anyone in the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area! By 5 pm my husband and I filled up the two beds and the first layer of d.g. around the beds.

Just a note ~ 3 cubic yards filled up the 5’x12’x12″ box and the 6’x6’x12″ box perfectly!



Saturday we finished laying the d.g. down in back and the front yard; laid stepping stones between boxes (they were all over the front yard when we bought the house); had the 3 Stooges (my FIL and his two friends) put in a new auto-watering control box; planted marigolds in the garden boxes; planted the veggies; bbq’d out in our new reclaimed backyard! There is still snow on Peavine so I may wait until the end of May to plant my tomatos.

Here’s the front yard ~