David has been fishing over at the ponds several times now. He has been getting up to do early morning fishing. He tries to be at the ponds by 6:00. This has been proving to be a good time to go. He has finally been able to catch some bigger sized catfish. He has now brought home two that weighed 2 lbs. and were 18 inches long, also a couple that were 1 1/2 pounds and just under 18 inches. The rest have been just nice pan sized. He continues to bring home the blue gill, and perch. He has also brought 3 trout home now. Neither of us have caught trout for some time and now he is bringing at least one home each trip.
I am not fishing this year, but I do give David a “Kiss for Luck” before he leaves for each fishing trip. I think it is working, because the one time I forgot to give it to him, he only brought home 2 bait fish to stick in the stock tank. Every other time he has brought home his limit of catfish and a couple of others be they a mixture of perch, bluegill or trout.
The photo below is a typical catch for the day. He had already removed a perch and a bluegill to clean them.
We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.
junk pile bed
larger two peppers
rest of peppers
yellow squash hill
path and gladiolus corner
My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.
So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.
Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.
David has gotten to a place in his urban gold mining which will now allow him time to do some fishing, so he purchased his fishing license at the end of May. He has now been over to the ponds 5 times. He was able to bring home 4 nice pan sized catfish his first trip. Trips 2 and 3 only produced bringing home bait fish to put in the stock tank. Trip four he brought home a variety two nice bluegills, a trout and a nice perch. They are now soaking in salt water for a meal later in the week. All these trips were taken from 5 pm to around 8 pm. The fifth trip he decided to try early afternoon fishing from 11 am to 3 pm. He caught a couple of bait fish and got them out on his big poles. He did have a really good bite, but he whiffed setting the hook. He does that for a while at the start of the season. So today he just returned with a perch for the stock tank.
I hope soon to be posting some pictures of the big one that didn’t get away. 😀
My mini rose-bush continues to bloom and put on new buds. I counted two more yesterday(Sunday May 20th).
I was able to get out and do some transplanting of three plants. First one was the yellow squash plant. It is still doing well. It did loose the large leaf due to some windy days. After all these windy days it clouded up and rained for 3 days. I have not had to water again yet as the ground is still trying to dry out. That probably won’t take too much longer as the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s for the next week and a half. I was also able to get most of the front yard mowed before the rainstorms. I finished the last little bit late yesterday afternoon(May 20th).
I next transplanted the single moonflower seedling. It is still alive. I had troubles getting these to stay alive after I transplanted them last year. So I hope I have learned enough to keep this one going and get a bloom.
The other was Cleo. I brought this plant in last fall to be a house plant during the winter. I just loved the cool colored leaves and wanted to enjoy it longer. I am not sure it the whole thing is going to survive but the smaller parts seem to be doing ok for now. I can always go back out and trim off the dead branches. I took three pictures of the hole I dug, because of the shadows. I could not see which looked the best.
The turnips and carrots are coming up nicely. You can barely see the carrots in the left side of the picture below. The Sunflowers did not come up. The seeds were just too old, they were in a bowl from way back in 2007’s garden seeds.
I was able to get out two days in a row this week.(May 4 and 5). So here are a couple of photo galleries of my work.
Oh, here are a few shots of my yardening get up too. 😀
This is actually an old one of my scrub jackets from when I worked at the nursing home. I kept this one because it has nice big pockets. Which are ideal for my gloves, visor, and camera or whatever I might want on hand for the yardening project of the day. I always tuck my pants into the boots, so I don’t get unwanted bugs or ticks crawling up my legs.
Top of get up.
Bottom with my pants tucked in my boots.
My lovely orange garden gloves.
The grippy side.
Update of indoor gardening.
First yellow squash seedling to break soil.
Two more buds opening.
Now lets move on outside.
I had to reposition the rocks under the drain I totally missed the first go. I had to dig up some of the gladioulus and replant them once the rocks were repositioned. I planted 42 new bulbs in this corner too. I also planted carrots and turnips by the shed steps. I also moved and raked out the area on the west side of the shed steps.
The rocks before repositioning.
Replanting old bulbs.
Dug up the soil near shed steps.
New bulbs, carrots and turnips planted.
Before view one.
Before view two.
I had just enough energy left to dig up the small area west of the BBQ.
I did a lot of digging and raking, but no planting.
The before pic of the beds around the deck.
The after pic of beds around deck.
The before pic of bed under west window.
The after pic of bed under west window.
The after of the bed under south window next to back steps.
That about does it for this week. Next yard day will be for mowing and more flower planting.
I was able to get outdoors a couple of times now to work on getting garden spots ready for planting. The first time I was able to get some squash hills built. They are east of the shed near the fence. I hope to plant yellow summer squash, acorn squash and cucumbers on them.
Yesterday(April 27) I was able to get out for the second time. I dug up the bed on the east side of the shed. This bed was made late last year by David and Nick, so it was not used. I turned the earth then raked it out some what level. I raked it toward the south end, I had extra soil so I went ahead and dug up the corner of the bed. I had to move the rocks that help disperse the rain from the gutter that comes of the shed roof. I raked out the soil and then replaced the rocks. It was a little low in the corner any way so that helped level it out too.
East side of shed.
East side soil turned.
East side of shed raked out.
My plans for this bed are to plant giant sunflowers closest to the shed wall. I am going to plant the peppers in front of them. I think I will put some gladiolus in the corner to keep the irises company.
David bought a bunch of bulbs, twenty-seven bags with six bulbs each in four different mixtures, at Dollar General last fall at 90% off. He also got some boxed seeds, two boxes of impatiens, 2 boxes of marigolds, and a box of wildflower mix. I also saved last year’s bulbs with the help of my Garden Book.
2017 Gladiolus Bulbs
I am not going out today(April 28) as the wind is blowing straight at about 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. I don’t need a dirt shower. Maybe tomorrow I can start planting the sunflowers and some gladiolus around the irises. If I have enough energy I might even start digging and raking the beds around the shed, continuing on to the ones around the deck.
The indoor gardening is going slow. I tried starting some Big Bertha peppers from seeds of last years peppers. They did not sprout. I think I kept immature seeds. So last Saturday (April 21) I started some green bell pepper seeds and the squashes and cucumbers. No sprouting yet, but they all take 10 to 14 days to germinate. I hope they all sprout so that by mid to late May I can put them outside.
*Note: I am typing these up in word pad at home. I am not sure when I will next get access to internet to post them. I am putting some dates in parentheses to show what day I am actually talking about.
I had received one a few years ago from David. I had transplanted it into a larger pot. I did not realize that roses were water and fertilizer hogs. So it only lived a few months more after transplant.
This past Valentine’s Day I received one from my grandson, Marty. It was in this cute little ladybug with gold heart spots planter. It had one rose bloomed. I knew that it would not stay alive in that little pot for long so I transplanted a couple of weeks later.
I then started a moon flower in the little pot. It looks a bit scraggly because the seed husk stayed on the first leaf when it broke the surface of the soil. David took some little scissors and cut it off a few days ago. It is doing much better now.
I am now more knowledgeable about a rose bush’s needs after reading about them in my
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I think my mom gave it to me some years ago.
I water this little guy every other day or so, to make sure that the soil is always moist but not soggy. I also fertrilize it with Miricle Grow every other week. The original rose has long since died. I have taken such good care it has grown well and has a new rose bloom and two more buds starting to open.
No planning, just spur of the moment, throw stuff in BOB and go!
I am happy to report we made it over to the ponds and the 2017 Fishing Season is offically started.
The Handicap accessible concrete bench fishing spot.
All settled in. Can you see my bobber?
No fish were caught, but we can at least say we have been fishing. David said that we were practicing. It was just nice to get out and enjoy the day and some nature even if the stiff breeze was a bit chilly off the pond.
David in his quilted flannel jacket.
I in my blue hooded sweat shirt. I get ear aches easily on windy days.
Was not much activity from the other residents of the ponds either. I did see a few red winged black birds squawking about, a lady bug, and a couple of other sort of flying bugs. That will all change soon enough more birds, bugs and the flying biting type bugs will make an appearance.
Even BOB was glad to get out of the driveway for a couple of hours.
When we do catch fish then it will be an offically, offical start to the 2017 Fishing Season. 😀
I bought these moonflower seeds on clearance last fall. I had never heard of them or never seen them to the best of my knowledge. The reason I bought them is while walking to the park several times last summer with Kay and Marty we would pass this one yard that had these huge flowers that looked a lot like morning glories. I mean the flowers were as big as my hand. I thought these moonflowers might be them. I read the package and discovered that they bloom at sunset, so they could not have been the flowers we passed in that yard. I got them anyway because they looked a lot like morning glories and they would vine to 12 to 15 feet tall and so the flowers would be big too.
I did a little research on them this morning, there is not much info about them. One thing I learned was that they are poisonous especially the seeds. If I remember correctly, so are morning glories. They are pretty drought resistant which will be good for my area. I am also planning to transplant them under the west and south bedroom windows which get quite hot because the sun reflecting off the aluminum siding.
They are supposed to be very fragrant too. I am thinking these will bring the humming-bird moths around. I have seen one on occasion since I have now started planting flowers. I bet the butterflies out and about in the early evenings may even enjoy them.
One other thing I learned was that you should soak the seeds in warm water over night before planting. I did this as it was a tip on the back of the package. I started them off in these peat pots and some potting soil. So now we will wait and see if they will sprout.
So my fellow gardeners, have you any advice or experience with these giants of the flower garden?
Oh, here is another question for you, do you have another species of night bloomers in your flower garden?