Archive for May, 2010

It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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The past few weeks have been  rainy/cloudy and chilly here in Ann Arbor.  After today though the forecast is looking much better.  I am hoping to get a lot of sowing/transplanting done this week and weekend.  More updates to come…
10-Day Forecast for Ann Arbor, MI (48103)

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
May 18
Showers 58°/47° 40 %
May 19
Mostly Sunny 74°/50° 10 %
May 20
Mostly Sunny 78°/56° 10 %
May 21
Few Showers 72°/60° 30 %
May 22
Isolated T-Storms 74°/58° 30 %
May 23
Partly Cloudy 79°/59° 20 %
May 24
Partly Cloudy 79°/60° 20 %
May 25
Scattered T-Storms 79°/61° 30 %
May 26
Isolated T-Storms 80°/61° 30 %
May 27
Sunny 82°/63° 0 %

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It has been a busy couple of days over at the garden.  Last Friday evening was spent trenching around the perimeter of the entire garden plot.  All 12 garden owners went in together to rent a trencher that would dig a 3′ trench around the outer edge.  Then on Sunday the fence that keeps the critters out was raised.  The garden is now officially open for business…

One of the first things that was done in the plot was constructing the potato box..

I then turned over the existing soil and planted  irish cobbler and red skinned potato seeds. I will post pics. as the potatoes begin to germinate.

Meanwhile back at our apartment, the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are really starting to take off.  Some of the tomato seedlings are now about 2′ tall and still have about 2-3 weeks before they can go outside.

Here is a summary of what else we have planted so far:

Cherry Belle Radish

Tennis Ball Lettuce

Green Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

Royal Chatenay Carrot

Di Cicco Broccoli

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Finally, we started the first of our wedding flowers.  Natalie sowed some Bells of Ireland flower seeds in a 5′ x 4′ plot that should yield enough for the bouquets.

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