Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hummingbird Moth on Bee Balm


Friday, May 22, 2015

This Week in the Vegetable Patch - Abe's Beer Garden May 15, 2015


Prizehead Lettuce
Prizehead Lettuce
The Vegetable Patch was a busy place over the weekend. I set out the last of the spring lettuce plants in between the tomato frames. The growing tomatoes should provide shade to the lettuce, cooling it and helping to prevent them from bolting. Most of the early lettuce has already provided spring salads with more on the way. There have also been radishes, spinach and mescaline. I have pulled the last of the mescaline.
The potato plants I set out last week have grown. I used the soil that I saved in buckets last week to shovel around the plants, providing a place for more potatoes to form. There were six buckets stored in the tool shed and I used four and a half. This will leave one and a half buckets to fill in more soil. Then I will mulch the whole bed with shredded leaves.
The garden looks quite good this year, so far. There have been few insect pests and the plants are growing well. We should get a bumper crop of cabbage and lettuce. The potato beds are kind of an experiment, so the jury is out.
Once the hilling was done, I went over the beds, weeding and thinning carrots and beets. 

Blooming This Week in Abe's Beer Garden - May 15, 2015


Perennials blooming this week include iris, columbine, peony and centauria montana. The lovely locust trees are in full bloom, flooding the Indiana countryside with their heavenly fragrance.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abe's Guide To The Butterfly Bush





Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush, can be the finest addition to the full sun perennial flower garden a gardener can choose.

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Buddleia davidii not only boasts beautiful flowers, the flowers can attract a multitude of butterflies and moths to the flower garden.

Written for gardeners by a gardener Abe's Guide to the Butterfly Bush relates how to grow this beautiful perennial flower successful. From seed to cuttings to division, learn how to propagate this wonderful perennial plant.

Written for gardeners by a gardener Abe's Guide to the Butterfly Bush describes how to grow this beautiful perennial flower. From seed to division, learn how to propagate this wonderful perennial plant.

Blanket Flower has many varieties available. You will find the most readily obtainable ones listed in this guide. Gardeners will also find the extensive seed catalog included useful. The Abe’s Guide to the Full Sun Perennial Flower Garden Series contains twenty full sun perennial flowers for the home perennial flower garden. The flower guides have the information the gardener needs to grow the plants successfully. From culture, propagation and best varieties, each guide contains complete information on each plant.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

05-10-2015 This Week Abe’s Vegetable Patch

05-10-2015 This Week Abe’s Vegetable Patch

Mother's Day is the rule of thumb date for no more frost in southeastern Indiana, and it is usually right. A quick morning check of the long-range forecast on Saturday morning revealed that there was no danger of frost for the next ten days. I spent two busy days getting all the frost tender plants set in the garden. I now have ten garden beds and by noon Sunday, all ten were planted. I had some potato plants in pots started about a month ago and these went in first. This is sort of an experimental method I am using, but it should work.


After planting the potatoes, I set out tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash, watermelon, peanut and lettuce plants. I capped the planting session off by planting more carrot, beet, radish, and spinach seed. Joining the potatoes were some sweet potato plants. I plant a variety called Vardeman. This variety has short vines and produces large, orange potatoes. It is an ideal variety for small gardens as it is a compact grower with attractive, bronze green leaves.



There were some small onion plants that I planted in early March in the greenhouse. These I dug out with a trowel and transplanted into the onion bed. These will not get huge, but they should almost all be usable. Small ones I will plant in the fall as sets. I should get some of the sets to bloom, which will allow me to save the seed, as I did last year.
The major planting is complete. Of course, planting goes on all summer in the Vegetable Patch, but the main crop garden is planted and ready to grow.

Blooming This Week in Abe's Beer Garden

Phlox subulata - Creeping Phlox

Dianthus
Dianthus

Aquilegia - Columbine
Aquilegia - Columbine

Aquilegia - Columbine
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Aquilegia - Columbine

Centauria montana - Mountain Bluet
Centauria montana - Mountain Bluet

Polygonatum - Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum - Solomon's Seal

Strawberry
Strawberry

Cornus florida - Dogwood
Cornus florida - Dogwood

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Abe's Guide to the Raised Garden Bed





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