Friday, April 16, 2021

First of the Season: Watermelon Seedling


Look what I found---The first watermelon sprout of the season.
Also the first time I've planted watermelon seeds this early. I usually like to wait until May to plant watermelon seeds, however, I decided to give April a chance, and if it didn't workout, I always knew May would workout.

Even though I'm a zone 7 gardener, my area is still prone to a few days of frost in April after a week of hot days, and this April was one of those times.

When I planted the seeds, temperatures were warm and three days later we got rain and extremely cold weather. The frost actually damaged my hydrangeas, a little, and my thoughts immediately went to the watermelon seeds tucked snuggly in the earth--waiting for its grand appearance.

Would the frost kill the seeds or will the frost come and go quickly and the seeds will be spared?

Looks like one seed has made it through the cooler temperatures, now will the others pop through?


#agreenhaven #growfood
#watermelon

Monday, April 12, 2021

Quote of the Week


There can be no life without soil and no soil without life;they have evolved together.

-Charles E. Kellogg


#agreenhaven #gardenquotes #Charles E. Kellogg
#Kaboompics

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring Break Sowings: Corn and Sunflowers

Finally planted sunflower and corn seeds in the ground, yesterday. Compared to last year, I'm late getting them in the ground, however, I'm not late getting them planted, though.

This year the corn has been planted in blocks of five instead of a single row. Last year's harvest was nice, and grew pretty well. In fact, the corn was a real head turner and conversational piece with the neighbors---it was grown in the front yard.

My 7 year old nephew's excitement to dig holes and pull weeds made planting a lot easier on me, but honestly it was fun seeing him having a ball!

As he dug holes while my daughter supervised him, I made a small trench behind the corn to be filled in with mammoth sunflower seeds. I always thickly fill in the sunflower seeds for a greater chance of germination. Next step is to lightly cover the seeds with soil, water and wait for their gorgeous emergence!




Monday, April 5, 2021

Quote of the Week


One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.

                  -W.E. Johns 



#agreenhaven
#gardenquotes 





Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Goals! Goals! Goals!


Yesterday I finally did it! I finally made space for a cut flower area in the garden. Now---hopefully, I'll be able to check another goal off of my, "Best Decade Ever" checklist, soon.

Oh, never heard of, The Best Decade Ever---I know this could be its own blog post, but I feel like sharing it; so.....late 2019, Mel Robbins (motivational speaker and author),offered a free online course to help map out dreams/goals of the attendees.

Monday through Friday, there was always a task for the day, and I had a love/hate relationship with the 10 year writing challenges in the beginning. After a week of trying, and finally becoming honest with myself and being happy to do small things, and they can be goals, too. Looking back on 2019 and previous years, helped me to come to this conclusion.

I'm not going to share all of my goals here, but here's a few(no particular order):
1. Learn French
2. Buy a house
  3. Add cut flower garden
                  4. Get in the stock market
                  5. Network with other                              bloggers 

Did you notice the range of dreams and goals? Pretty cool, huh? And I can proudly say, my husband and I bought our house, I've been in the stock market over a year, I'm networking with bloggers, and at the time of this writing, I've gladly spent 440 consecutive days of learning French. 

Looks really likely that the cut garden is next. 

Why do I want a cut flower garden so much? Well, being mainly a vegetable grower, I've grown a few flowers here and there, and they always stay outside. Being able to grow an abundant amount of fresh flowers to freshness up my house with a pop of color would be amazing and cost effective!

According to Nikki over at Savvy Gardening, one should start with easy to grow annual flowers like, zinnias and sunflowers, and how your flowers are organized will help with the maintenance and growth process. Some flowers might need support to keep them upright as they grow.

I'm pretty confident about growing sunflowers. Sunflowers and cosmos, I've grown before. Zinnias, Echinacea, scarlet sage and orange coneflower, no experience at all, and according to the information  from Savvy Gardening, I might not have some plants organized where they can be properly supported. Basically, I cleared an area for the flowers, took a mixture of a handful of seeds, and sprinkled them on the soil, and covered lightly. 

As I wait for the emergence of the first sprout, or any signs of development, this experiment could be a complete garden mess or something absolutely beautiful. I'm pulling for the latter, but one thing's for certain---I'm working on  creating my best decade ever!





#agreenhaven #goals #gardening #cutflowers #sunflowers #zinnias.                          #cosmos





Monday, March 29, 2021

Quote of the Week


"Cares melt when you kneel in your garden."

                    -Okakura Kakuzo







#agreenhaven 
#gardenquotes 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Seventh Day of Spring

Didn't plan on it, but I took the day off. 

Sixth Day of Spring

On the sixth day of Spring, my true love gave to me.....rain from the heavens!! 

The abundant early morning shower and the expectation of severe weather later, made my  decision to stay in and start more seeds, so much easier. 

As I'm waking up on the 7th day of Spring, blogging about yesterday's activities; I want to send my thoughts and prayers to anyone in the path of yesterday's storm, and anyone in today's path. 




#agreenhaven



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Fifth Day of Spring

Hey it's another post a day late, but the only thing that matters is the post is made, lol.

Yesterday's tasks were kept real simple and focused on cleaning out bins and discarding any that can't be used anymore. I'm the person that'll get my money's worth out of something, so you can only imagine how worn out those bins had to be, for me to throw them out.

Clearing up the bins in the  driveway was such a small-big task; small in regards, that it was a small and simple task, but big and grand because it brought forth some new ideas/plans for the container garden.

The clean-up was fun, now onto the glow-up!

Keep growing y'all 😊





#agreenhaven 
#gardenchores


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Fourth Day of Spring

Today was a short day in the garden, but everyday is valuable and gets me closer to a bountiful garden. 

Sorry no pictures, but I'm heavily into the stock market, and many of my favorite Youtubers' live streams play while doing my gardening tasks, and besides the AMC and Game Stop story is so exciting--can't miss a moment. 

So today, I planted beets, harvested four baby garlic shoots, and  cleared more groundcoverings. 

These tasks probably took an hour and a half to accomplish, but it's another step to a bountiful garden.

As I've completed these tasks over this first week of Spring, I hope you're encouraged to get out and get growing!



#agreenhaven
#growfood 

Third Day of Spring

Beautiful spring day here in the A, and one of the two free days from driving and running errands was spent doing some yard work before the rain comes in, later this week.

Some jobs performed
  • Spacing green onions 
  • Replanting sage and rosemary(these were drying up indoors and in their former pots)
  • Preparing a flower bed around the mailbox.
  • Removed some groundcoverings.
  • Planted the first 4 watermelon hills. 
Another very productive day in the garden and eventually a very bountiful one, too. 




#agreenhaven 
#backyardgardener
#growfood

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Quote of the Week


Spring: the music of open windows.

-Terri Guillemets


#gardenquotes
#spring
#agreenhaven

Second Day of Spring: Being More Strategic


The husband and I started our day at a Macy's store that's closing their doors, today. We were hoping to find a few goodies before the doors officially closed, however, we had no luck---if we needed floor rugs, we would've hit the jackpot since that was the only stuff left besides the store lighting and cash registers. My husband actually thought about purchasing some track lighting for our back porch, but on second thought he decided against it, more so they seemed a bit old.
After walking through Macy's, we headed to our local Lowe's. The hubster was looking for ceiling fans, an extension cord and a couple of two to three converter prongs. I, on the other hand, spent my time in the lawn and garden section wrestling with the idea of getting a shopping cart or not. Lowe's had so many things that I wanted, like these large plastic looking wine barrels that were fairly priced around $15. I could've easily picked up four of them to grow some veggies in, and to add some charm to my outdoor spaces.
With today being the second day of Spring and a very nice weather day, I might add, I loved seeing so many carts full with flowers, mulch, planters, and soil. I seriously wanted to have a cart full of stuff, too, but before I buy anything else for my yard or garden, I seriously need a plan in place. It's nice to have things on hand, but I also need to be strategic about my lawn and garden shopping like I am about my grocery shopping.
Today I did myself a favor---walked around and took note of some ideas. Yeah, it was a good day! Happy Spring, everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2021

And the Season Begins


This quick and not so clear snapshot--caught under the grow lights, shows the emerging cayenne peppers strecthing their new leaves out and hopefully ready to grow fully and strong. 

Here's to the new growing season!

And as always, keep growing!

-Shelly

#agreenhaven 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Quote of the Week


What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. 

                                 ---John Steinbeck




#agreenhaven, # gardenquotes

Monday, January 25, 2021

Quote of the Week


A garden is half-made when it is planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.

                  ---Liberty Hyde Bailey



#gardenquotes #agreenhaven 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Spring's Around the Corner: Dollar Tree Finds


Found some great finds at my local Dollar Tree. This wasn't originally a trip for gardening supplies, but I
couldn't resist the Welcome Spring section and the great prices.

Here's a list of a few things I picked up:
Three planters, a pkg of 10 plant labels, two spools of twist ties with cutter, a pkg of 36 clothespins, 8 piece permanent markers set, 3 small seed starting mix bags,and 8 seed packets.

Not including tax, got everything for $15.

Giddy about everything I purchased, but my real excitement is for the seed flower packets!

In a previous post, I shared how I wanted to grow a small cut flower garden to provide fresh flowers in my home. I bought seeds of some past greats in my former garden, like, marigolds and cosmos, however, I found some Shasta Daisies and Zinnia seeds that'll hopefully grow into a gorgeous abundant flower garden and provide nice bouquets throughout my home, all summer long.




#agreenhaven, #gardening #dollartree, #cutflowers

Monday, January 18, 2021

Quote of the Week


Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle.

--Luther Burbank

Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Year!

Happy to see a new year and ready for so many new experiences. Last year began my journey into creating my best decade ever, and as I enter into my second year of building my best decade, there's one simple gardening thing I want to do for myself this year: keep fresh flowers in the house. So, it looks like I'll be digging in and creating a nice sizeable cut flower garden.

Here's to the New Year and New Adventures!

Do you have any new plans or adventures for the Year?




#atlantagardener #New Year #flowers #agreenhaven