Violets. Oh I love you. I’m sorry I have killed approximately 1027 of your siblings in my lifetime, but I will continue to buy more and attempt to keep you looking beautiful.
I’ve been planting and planting and planting and planting and well, the fact of the matter is not everything blooms when planted. And since this is my first year exploring our new homestead and the quirks of the soil and drainage, well…I’ve had a lot of failures. A Master Gardener I am not.
So, it is with a little bit of garden depression that I share with you my June 2014 updates.
Ah, such potential.
Over half of the bulbs and seeds between the bushes have not germinated, maybe they are waiting until next Spring? I dunno. I’m pretty disappointed. The photo above is one of the rare exceptions of green. I didn’t expect flowers the first year, but I thought they would at least grow. Wrong.
Most of the bare root bushes still look like bare roots. Sadly this includes the 12 elderberry bushes as well. I’m devastated. Not that they were expensive, I bought them through the Erie County Conservation Program for about $1 a piece, but still.
And the wee holly bushes I bought on super clearance after Christmas…thriving.
The herb garden is going pretty well. All the herbs I transplanted from the greenhouse that I started from seed managed to grow. However, the seeds I directly planted—NADA. Sage, forget it. Basil, nope. Chives, ha. I had to buy plants. Failure.
Parsley and Oregano
Cilantro (I just picked a ton!)
The large garden plot wasn’t tilled until later in the season, so I planted veggies in the front porch garden this year.
Cannelini Beans and Lettuce
Beets and Pole Beans
And then there are the plants that live on the porch.
Lemon Balm, Lemon Germanium, Lemongrass and Elephant Ears
Zinnias and Sunflowers
Fall Planted Garlic
Ugh. This is the most depressing of all. I know that next month when I update I will be overflowing with goodies but for now, all I want it everything to grow. LET IT GROW, LET IT GROOOOOW! (Sing to the tune of Let It Go by Frozen…)
The following plants I tried to transplant into the garden and they failed: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Pumpkins, Spaghetti Squash, Cucumbers. The roots were too young? The soil too harsh? Who knows. But none of them took.
Sweet/Hot Peppers have been fighting a war with slugs, but seem to be winning over all. Sweet Peppers are from seed, the Hot Peppers bought as plants.
Sweet Corn. Meh, doing ok. But the Red Popcorn and Glass Gem Corn are lagging behind. (
Knee Ankle high by the 4th of July?)
Two of the Gourd plants that I started indoors are going crazy in the garden, but the other seeds never took. I just started another package this week.
Swiss Chard Plants. I planted two more rows by seed this week.
None of the Pumpkin transplants grew, so I had to buy a few plants.
Also planted but not shown here because they are hardly growing: More Spinach, More Potatoes, More Chard, More Radishes, Winter Squash, Kidney Beans, Leeks and Bunching Onions. Yep, I think that about covers the gardens.
I also have seeds germinating in the greenhouse for a later planting right now. Oh and more sweet peppers and tomatoes to put in the garden. Because I keep getting packages of free seeds when I order plants and I can’t say no to planting them.
How does YOUR garden grow? Am I the only one with June Garden Depression?
I just asked HWMMS how much it costs to pump and fix the septic tank (new filter, two new risers and lids, fixing the outlet pipe) and yelled HOLY SHIT!
Poop maintenance isn’t cheap my friends…especially since it APPEARS that our septic hasn’t been serviced since the house was built in 1998.
(Insert poop joke here.)
Yesterday we had the service people out for the 3rd time since buying our house a year ago to check on our central air…well, guess what. It’s shot. SURPRISE. Looks like the mice made it to the compressor or something…
Mice? Yeah. Previously seen on All Things Jennifer: So this is why our air conditioner wasn’t working…
Guess who isn’t paying $3000 to get that fixed anytime soon?
Instead, I’m browsing The Amazon for a new window unit for the bedroom. And a few box fans for the upstairs windows. But for the most part, we spend almost all our time outdoors or in the pool room/basement entertainment room or sleeping in the Summer so this added expense can wait.
That is until our first 90+ degree day where I become a miserable wench.
Hey history lovers! Check out the premiere of UNITED STUFF OF AMERICA on the H2 network! Saturday June 14th at 10pm where WNY’s very own HipHughesHistory (Keith Hughes, Mr. Fit!) is making his boob tube premiere!
Get your DVR ready to go! And help spread the word by inviting your friends! There’s a Facebook Event set up right here to make it easy to remember!
Above the the large garden we plan on fencing in to keep the beasts out! :)
And so far this is what we have planted…
Beans: Cannelini, Cherokee Black, Wax, Green, Purple, Lima and Christmas Lima
20 Sweet Peppers
20 Hills of Cucumbers: White Wonder, Marketmore, Bush Pickle
100 Buttercrunch Lettuce
36 Climbing Trip-L- Crop Tomatoes
Van Gogh Mix Sunflowers.
42 Tomato Plants: Amish Paste, Polish Dwarf, Polish Linguisa, Rinaldo, Santa Maria and Sophie’s Choice
8 red raspberry
12 elderberry bushes
HWMMS finished the garden fence poles and made the compost bin.
Lily of the Valley
4 lilac bushes
4 butterfly bushes
4 beautyberry bushes
4 rugusa rose bushes
4 ninebark bushes
12 pots of creeping philox
a basket of mixed perennials
2 holly bushes
three bags of wildflowers
Or as HWMMS likes to call me “HeatMiser.”
The color is not CHRISTINA HENDRICKS RED, mostly because my hair is just too dark to get to that color right now. I have this odd bottom layer of dark black dye from about a year ago that is stubbornly holding on for dear life…this haircut got rid of most of it, thinned my hair out in the back too, but there’s still some at the bottom to grow out.
I’ve been to the salon ONCE to get my hair colored…again, I chose red. That was 10 years ago? I forget how 1. expensive and 2 time-consuming getting one’s hair done really is. I swear, if I get two cuts a year that last 15 minutes I’m lucky. I suppose I’m pretty low-to-no maintenance when it comes to my hair. So spending 3.5 hours yesterday at the salon, drove me a little bit batty.
However, I love the end result. I tried to get a good angle under the light for this photo…I succeeded because I don’t think I’ve recreated this look since taking the photo. :)
Me: …but isn’t every reggae song on the radio Bob Marley?
HWMMS: No. I think he had a brother.
Me: Who? Jacob?