All done traumatizing transplanting the hostas! Click through for captions.

Here’s hoping I didn’t kill them.

The tulips that were already in the yard are blooming and gorgeous. 

I made a gardening To-Do List

Oy, this is a bit overwhelming. Hoping to get most of the first two sections done today and this weekend (yay long weekends!). Things in bold are physically strenuous.


  • Start tomatoes, tomatillos
  • Start roses, lavender
  • Clear spot to transplant hostas
  • Transplant hostas
  • Dump old potting soil into hole to help fill it
  • Shift earth and remove stones and weeds left side of yard
  • Shift earth and remove stones and weeds right side of yard
  • Clear community garden spot of debris

By April 19th or ASAP:

  • Start scallions, spinach, radishes, and chives in containers
  • Start blue flax in ground

By May 3rd or ASAP:

  • Go to Bartram’s Garden Spring Plant Sale
  • Start arugula and swiss chard in containers
  • Start bachelor’s button and alyssum in ground
  • Move stones to make borders, footpaths

By May 17th:

  • Transplant pepper, tomatoes, tomatillos into community garden plot or pots
  • Start basil in containers, at community garden
  • Start creeping thyme around footpath stones, in pots
  • Start sunflowers, cosmos, morning glories

As necessary/unknown time/don’t want to think about it right now:

  • Buy lots more potting soil
  • Put in perennial plants bought at Bartram’s Garden Spring Plant Sale
  • Move winter-sown things from bottles into ground or containers 
  • Put roses and lavender into containers
  • Transplant landlord’s daffodils, tulips, and irises to better spots
  • Plant elephant ears
  • Move tomato, pepper, tomatillos into intermediate pots
  • Build second bench
  • Stain benches 
  • Obtain mint, oregano from my friend baconcentric
  • Put succulents outside (when sufficiently warm)

In my backyard :D

Did a bit in the garden today.

I’m pretty tired, since yesterday was my working Saturday (which is always a long day) but I went out and fiddled a bit. I picked up all the trash I could find, pulled some of some climbing weed off the fence, pulled up some seedling weeds, and pulled the rocks and dead leaves away from where I thought the hosta was. (Then I came inside, started writing this, remembered I had a picture of where the hosta was, moved leaves from there, and found a hosta spike. I knew this blog was good for something :p I hope I can get it out from under that one rock though, because I don’t think I can move that one. Also there might be another hosta somewhere else? Can’t remember.)

I also had the joy of watching the first of my daffodil buds unfurl over the course of the day. It went from being completely closed to completely open. There’s a bunch more of the daffodils on the way, and the hyacinths are about to burst, too. The buds on my tulips are still tiny, but the landlord’s tulips should be here fairly soon.

There’s something that just might be the tiny beginnings of anemone foliage in the bulb bed, and there’s a single seedling (of lavender) sprouting in the winter sowing containers.

I saw today that my sixth allium had popped up.

I greeted it like a good friend I was surprised to see, “Why, hello there!”

I wonder if I accidentally planted that one upside down or something. It’s only two inches tall while the others are more like eight or ten inches.

I’m glad I have all of them.

Garden updates - click through for more detailed captions. 

In the last picture, you can see clumps of my little mystery bulbs (that were already in the yards) in the upper-left corner. I’ve finally figured out what they are: Star-of-Bethlehem, which makes pretty little white flowers but is pretty much a weed. Guess I’ll dig them up.


Left: Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Chocolate Soldier)
Center: Sempervivum Arachnoideum (Cobweb Houseleek)
Right: Echeveria Haagai Tolimanensis

Aren’t they adorable! These little babies are new and planted in wooden pots. I’m keeping a close eye on these beside my work desk because I know wood really sucks in moisture so I may have to water these a little more often than the others.

P.S it took me ages to hunt down these names

Reblogging for a deep appreciation of plant labels.

(via omgplants)

Peppers are germinating!

My peppers have finally begun to germinate! I started them March 23, a full two weeks ago. I was beginning to be afraid that I had mucked them up somehow, especially when I discovered the soil and (toilet-paper-roll) containers had become rather excessively moldy. I took them out of their plastic container and sprinkled some cinnamon on the mold. That helped somewhat, but there’s still mold present. I’ll add a fan to my set-up tomorrow, and hopefully that will help deter the mold and prevent the dreaded damping-off (dampening off? not really clear what this is, other mold-related SEEDLING DEATH).

Anyway, I know I’m not out of the woods yet, but I have the tiniest of seedlings, I got the grow-light put over them, and it is beautiful. 

Also, does anyone have opinions on how much seedling heating mats help growth of peppers after germination (I need to move the seedlings to the basement, since I’m pretty sure my poor roommates are sick of tripping over them)?