Monday, February 21, 2011

Nice Relaxing Long Weekend At My Urban Homestead

I went into this weekend not feeling very well. I felt like I'd been coming down with a cold all week but it never really developed. So the plan was to sleep in and rest as much as possible. I kept things in slow mode all weekend but seem to have gotten a lot done. Outside of grocery shopping, some lite housework and getting in a much needed workout I was able to get a few things completed in the garden after the rain stopped.

Since it rained all day Saturday this was a good day to sleep in and workout. After lunch I headed out to the greenhouse and brought some seedlings into the kitchen to transplant into bigger pots.

Basil and Oregano
After Transplanting
On Sunday I was able to get outside for a bit. I have been wanting to give back some space in front of sweet husband's man cave. My gardening stuff had been taking over the area. This is what it looked like before...

And this is after. I still have a little work to do. The weber will be moved to a more protected area and the rest of planters and watering can still need to be moved. The potting bench was moved to the side yard at the front of the house in a more decorative capacity. I find I don't really use it much since I do more vegetable gardening now.

I also took some photos around the garden. About a week ago when I was throwing some kitchen scraps into the compost bin I noticed something sprouting out of the sides. If you guessed potatoes you would be right. After I harvested all my potatoes last year I had some damaged ones I threw into the compost knowing quite well that they may sprout. I had even seen evidence of this the last time I turned the compost but thought if I keep disturbing them with my turning that they would give up and decompose. Well I guess I'm not turning the compost enough...

There is no sun in this area at this time of year so I'm really surprised they look so good. Will be interesting to see what I find the next time I turn it.

The morning glory made it through the winter and is putting out some new growth. I will need to get up there and move the vines onto the trellis.

The carrots in bed 3 transplanted well from the cell packs. This is my second sowing. I planted 4 squares and I will plant another 4 squares in bed 4 in about 3 or 4 weeks. If you click on the photo to enlarge you will be able to see them better.

I didn't think the lettuce in bed 4 was going to make it through the rain. I was raining pretty hard there for a while. But it looks like they will be OK. The lettuce in bed 2 was not looking so well. I think they will get a chance to recover before the next rain due on Thursday.

The greenhouse is full of life. The tomatoes will be potted up one more time before they are moved out into the garden.

New raspberry canes are coming up.

and so are the snow pea and sugar snap peas.

I'm even getting some blooms on the strawberries.

My next post will be on potting the sweet potato slips.


  1. It's so nice to see all of that nice green life growing in your garden.

    You certainly got a lot accomplished for a Nice Relaxing Weekend at your Urban Homestead :)

  2. Everything looks great! It's nice to see signs of spring somewhere, even as New England is getting ready for yet another winter storm.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to make room in the garden for the Weber grill. :)

  3. Very nice. I am greatly looking forward to the sweet potato slip post that is coming next. I'll be trying this for the first time this year.

  4. My, your Urban Homestead is in full swing! I'm just getting my first taste of winter weather here on my Urban Homestead. Snow has been predicted for today or tomorrow. One cell pack of parsley seeds would be my only accomplishment to date.

  5. we got more snow last night. i hope it's the last of it. this post really got me itching!!!

  6. Robin - I think I'm going to have to take this slow mode approach more often.I seem to get more done.

    Potted Farm, Granny and Kelli - You are not going to believe this we are getting a weather alert that we may see snow in the San Francisco Bay Area Friday night into Saturday. We have not seen snow since 1976 and yes I really did have to walk up hill in the snow to school :-)

    jimmycrackedcorn - I will try and get to it this weekend.