Homegrown Harvest Photo Share – Week 3- Snapdragons

Welcome to the third week of our Homegrown Harvest Photo Share Week 3 – Snapdragons! We look forward to seeing your photo shares of snapdragons from your garden – it can be a photo or a few photos like we have here. Or it can even be a piece of artwork that you would like to share of a snapdragon. Whatever it may be – we’d love to see them!

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Snapdragons are a wonderful addition to the garden whether in the garden beds or in pretty containers set around the garden. Snapdragons’ botanical name is Antirrhinum majus. The Latin, Antirrhinum means “like a snout” or “counterfeiting nose”.

Snapdragons in a raised garden bed

There are many varieties to choose from (~40 different species) from the family Plantaginaceae, the family of plantains and range in flower colors, including green, red, orange, yellow, white and pink.

Dragon flowers

They grow to be a height of 15 to 120 centimetres (6 to 48 inches), depending on whether they are dwarf, medium or tall varieties. Snapdragons are a long blooming flower to choose for your garden as they will bloom throughout most of the gardening season.

Join us starting April 1- 7 th when our next Homegrown Harvest Photo Share will be strawberries! We want to see your beautiful homegrown harvest of strawberries and the beautiful plant they came form.

Blueberries – FOTD

Blueberries are a perennial plant which is easy grow in grow in moist, acidic soil. Look to have a pH between 4.0 and 5.0.There are many varieties of blueberries to that ripen at various times throughout the season. There’s nothing better than walking out to the garden and snacking on fresh blueberries.

Blueberries ripening is my FOTD for Sunday 3/29/2020

Strawberry Bloom – FOTD – 2•28•20

A strawberry bloom after the rain

I love strawberries. I love growing them because I love to eat them. There are everbearing types of strawberries which are strawberry plants that produce consistently from late spring through the fall. June-bearing is just like it’s name sounds and produces over 2-3 in early summer.

This is my entry for the Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge FOTD

Six on Saturday 3•28•20

It’s still too cold to get things going in the outdoor garden up here where we live in zone 5. My new lettuce seeds arrived which is good since the Tower Garden is ready to be fully harvested of it’s lettuce soon and that will free up space for the seedlings.

1. Lettuce seeds
2. Wetting down the rock wool
3. Romaine lettuce seeds in the rockwool
4. Broccoli, cauliflower and celery seeds

After putting the seeds in the rockwool and cover up the seeds with some vermiculite. I wet everything down again, leaving some water in the very bottom of the black plastic container. Making sure the plastic container is snapped shut as to keep all the humidity within the container and placed them under the Tower Garden grow lights.

5. Seeds under the lights

I’m very happy with the progress of our peas – we should be enjoying fresh sugar snap peas soon! I’ll have to get more peas started next time.

Happy gardening!

Strawberry – FOTD- Berry

strawberry

Yummy, yummy strawberries. This is one of the best garden plants for beginners since they are so easy to grown. Great for getting the children involved with gardening and learning to grow their own food too. Strawberries are perennials, so that means you plant them once and they grow and produce fruit year after year. They are very low maintenance – the only thing I suggest to help keep critters away is perhaps growing your strawberries in containers or barrels. I have strawberries in containers and in ground in a part of our garden that I’m trying to use it as a ground cover.

Strawberries are good companion plants too for a variety of other garden plants as well. Some great companions for a strawberry barrel would be lettuce, marigolds, spinach, chives, and mint. If you were doing a strawberry bed you could also start an asparagus bed – this is what I did and have a wonderful perennial bed – put some thyme or sage in and then you could plant annuals like onions or tomatoes, borage.

Flower of the day 3•22•2020

Butterfly on the zinnias

I love zinnias in a garden, particularly in or near a veggie garden to bring a variety of pollinators. For that reason they are a fantastic companion plant. Zinnias are an annual which comes in a vast array of colorful choices.