Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow on Abe's Beer Garden

By early March the green spiky leaves of the hyacinth and other spring flowering bulbs have poked up through the leaf mulch. But this year the snow lays in a thick blanket over the garden, with more snow on the way. Temperatures as low as zero are expected before a warm-up beginning this weekend. The barely visible vegetable garden beds also sport a thick layer of snow. The garden greenhouse has snow piled around the base. Inside, under a tunnel of plastic some of the lettuce plants have survived.

Garden Greenhouse
Currently on the workbench, I have some doors cut and ready for assembly that will cover the two beds inside the greenhouse. I will write more on this project next week. One bed I will use to plant the lettuce and other greens that have sprouted under the lights. The other bed I want to use to raise tomato, pepper and other seedlings. This small greenhouse will not need much supplemental heat. A small electric heater should provide an ideal environment for these seedlings to turn into food for our table.

Activity at the Bird Feeder
As might be expected, the bird feeder in Abe's Beer Garden has been quite busy. A steady parade of Blue Jays, Rufus Sided Towhees, Downy Woodpeckers and other birds stop by to feast on the offering of black sunflower seed. They birds appear happy with this high nutrient food that supplements their diet. With the heavy snow covering the ground, their normal diet of wild seeds is unavailable.

By next week, the warmer temperatures will begin to melt the snow. By the last of the month, Abe's Beer Garden should have with a nice, bright carpet of daffodils and hyacinths. It will be a welcome relief from the snow.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Garden Season Begins - First Seeds Planted

The beginning of the garden season commenced Sunday, February 22 in Abe's Beer Garden. I planted several different types of vegetables under the homemade plant light unit in the garage. The grow light unit is really a two-purpose unit. Below I have a flow through worm composter that converts kitchen waste into potting soil and compost for the garden. Above the composter is a double light unit that I can germinate seedlings. After germination, I can grow them to transplant size, at which time I move them to the outdoor greenhouse for further growing. I have installed a small electric heating unit to keep the worms from freezing. The heat from this unit will keep the worms alive and active and provide bottom heat to germinate seeds.



Mid to late February here in USDA Zone 6 is the time to plant the first cabbage, lettuce and green pepper seeds and that is the mission today. After filling bedding packs with potting soil, I use my dibble to poke small depressions in the soil. Then, using a home made hand seeder; I drop the seeds one at a time into the depressions. After labeling them, I cover them with a thin layer of fine sphagnum peat moss and mist well. Then I place the bedding pack in a no hole flat and put the flat under the lights. In about a week, the first of the seedlings should have germinated and the vegetable season at Abe's Beer Garden is under way.

© Abe's Beer Garden 2015


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abe's Guide To The Threadleaf Coreopsis

Abe's Guide To The Threadleaf Coreopsis











Native favorite Threadleaf Coreopsis is a natural for the full sun garden.

Threadleaf coreopsis or Coreopsis verticulata is a native American wildflower that gardeners have adopted to grow in their full sun perennial flower gardens. Threadleaf coreopsis is hardy, deer resistant and survives drought conditions. It is a fabulous addition to the perennial flower garden.

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

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Abe's Guide to Flowers

Abe's Guide to Flowers







Flowering plants are one of the most successful classes of organisms to develop on earth, appearing from the Arctic to the tropics.

Written by a gardener for gardeners Abe's Guide to Flowers contains plenty of information about flowers from their function and structure the different types of flowers the gardener may encounter.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Abe‘s Guide to Perennial Balloon Flower

Abe‘s Guide to Perennial Balloon Flower







The balloon shaped blossoms of the Balloon Flower create an interesting and unique foil in the garden that goes well with many other perennial flowers.

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

Balloon Flower has many varieties available and you will fine the most readily obtainable ones listed here

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Abe‘s Guide to Perennial Alyssum

Abe‘s Guide to Perennial Alyssum







Brilliant yellow blossoms and evergreen foliage make perennial alyssum a must for every perennial garden.

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

Perennial alyssum has many varieties available and you will fine the most readily obtainable ones listed here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Abe’s Guide to the Plant Root

Abe’s Guide to the Plant Root







Written by a gardener for gardeners Abe’s Guide to the Plant Root contains plenty of information about roots from the function and structure of the root to the different types of root the gardener may encounter.

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