Organic Seed Resources

Renee’s Garden – Most of the seeds are 2.79 or 2.99. All of these are organic.

Mainstreet Seed and Supply – sells seeds by the ounce or pound, so I’m not sure exactly how that works out as far as affordability goes. Not all of these seeds are organic, but they do have an organic section.

Burpee – It seems like all these seeds are 3.95/package. They do have a good selection though. Not all are organic.

Botanical Interests – most expensive seeds are 5.49, but most seeds are under the $2 mark.

High Mowing Seeds – sold by the ounce or pound. All organic seeds

Park Seed – Wide variety in price, not a great selection it seems.

Grow Organic – only sells in quantities of 1/4 lb. more than I want to pay currently.

Natural Gardening Company – Prices seem a bit high.

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Mini Rose Bushes

My grandmother had these mini rosebushes planted a long time ago. They have pretty much suffered from years of neglect. There was/is grass and weeds growing up all throughout the bed. The closest thing to mulch that I think was ever used was sand. Ick. I pruned the first three bushes after I tried to dig up all the grass and pull out the weeds. It does look a lot better now, though I’m only half done with the bed. I did some research just now on how to keep it from coming back. Evidently you need to cover it with 1/2 inch of newspaper and then some shredded wood mulch. I’m not sure that that’s a luxury we can afford right now, so I suppose I’ll have to either figure out an alternative wood mulch or just keep picking the grass next year until we can afford it.

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One of the rosebushes has a bud on it. Pretty.

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This is the end of the project today. Not too bad.

Iris beds

Yesterday I spent most of the morning digging a bed to put the irises into. Then in the afternoon I dug up 100 iris bulbs that were jammed together and replanted them in the bed I dug that morning. There are so many of the rhizomes in just that one bed. I’m estimating about 600 in that bed. That is just too much work to do every several years, especially because there are more beds like that- like at least 6 of them.

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Jade

I have been wanting to repot this jade plant that I received from a couple I used to go to church with in Topeka.  It started out very small and got very large.  The original plant is in the bottom right photo.  When I first got it, it was about the size of the top right photo.  All of these plants have been on one pot for the past year kind of growing on top of each other.  I’ve wanted to separate them for some time, and today I got the motivation and time to do it.

You’ll also notice in the top left of the bottom right photo is another jade plant that I took as a transplant from the rest of the plants earlier.  It’s amazing that sometimes even new plants can grow from just one leaf!  I’m trying that with another pot as well.  The plant has been laying on its side for a while, which is why, you’ll notice, all the leaves are pointing sideways instead of up.

Anybody want one?

Corn on the cob

While I was baking white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies (to be eaten before Friday) and boiling potatoes and onions, mashing them with sour cream and cheese… and boiling some green beans for the side… I was listening to this (Frederica Mathewes-Green).  It’s pretting interesting.

I finished all the problems on the Statistics test today, and I think I even got some of them right.  Hopefully it’ll bring my grade up.  I find out tomorrow morning what I got… hopefully.  *edit* I passed. 😀  But tomorrow is another make up test, to replace another bad grade on a previous test.  *end edit*

I went to my grandparents house this afternoon to feed their cats and take care of their mail.  While I was out there, I thought I might as well see my mom’s parents too.  We had BLT’s, corn on the cob and cantaloupe… everything except the BL’s was from their garden.  I got to take home a couple cucumbers, ears of corn, the green beans that I had for dinner, and some tomatoes.  yummm…. next week I’m going to go help them harvest another session of corn.  Did I mention I love corn on the cob?

 

By the way, the balcony pot garden idea does not work, if I haven’t mentioned that before.  Don’t try it.  Other good news, it rained a lot today, so I don’t have to water my remaining plants.  I’m going to try and start more shoots of the jade plant from their leaves, also another leaf from a flowering plant that looks a lot like jade, I can’t remember what it’s called now.  But it was soooo pretty.  The leaves had purple on the outside edge, and the flowers were purple.  I hope it works.

Balcony – almost gone

So, this is quite depressing.  I’ve decided I hate balconies.  There’s not enough sunlight.  And I’ve decided I hate cottonwood trees.  The cotton gets all over the place, and in my pots, so now I have little green cotton sprouts growing in my pots.  I think it killed my rosebush too.  It looks so sad.  I think I’m just going to have to throw it away.  Maybe I’ll pick a better plant for a pot next time, though.  I’m glad I’m moving so the plants can get more sunlight in the backyard, and maybe I’ll get some produce.  *crosses fingers*

cucumber, cantaloupe  herbs  

zucchini  tomato

rose bush? *in mourning*

Garden update:

cucumber, cantaloupe

I started cantaloupe (on the left) from some seeds from a cantaloupe I bought in the store, and it’s growing really fast.

 zucchini #1 

zucchini #1 – no fruit

tomato 

tomato – no fruit

zucchini #2 

zucchini #3 – looks kinda weird

herbs 

I think birds like my herbs.

Road Trip

Backwards roadtrip.  I arrived back in Wichita at 3am.  I dropped off my cousin, Krystal and her friend Ryan off at her house at 1:30ish am.  I picked up my key at Nicky’s house (which I left with her so she would be able to water my plants – thank you!).  We left Houston at noon.  The day before we visited the Galveston Beach and we miraculously found a parking spot on Seawall Drive.  The day before, I found these clarinet Christmas ornaments at the Strand – Christmas on the Strand shop.  I can never find anything clarinet oriented, so when I saw these, I just had to buy them.

clarinets 

The day before that, we went to the Galleria.   A very huge mall in Houston.  I walked by an Armani store and a whole bunch of other stores that only really rich people shop at.  I went into Borders with David, whom I had met earlier that day.  On Wednesday, we travelled to Houston from Denver through New Mexico and drove on some safety corridors, which I thought had something to do with some sort of volcanic mountain, which i thought was strange to have inland, but alas, it’s only for traffic safety.

We went to Hanging Lake in Colorado.  It took us a long time to drive there.  And it took hours to climb up the trail.  You can only get to the lake by hiking.

cliffs river river hanging lake two roads diverged in a wood

We went to the alluvial fan in Rocky Mountain National Park.  There were very little people driving through the park, it was cloudy and cold.

tree  alluvial fan 

We went to the garden of the gods and saw the kissing camels.

kissing camels 

My mom drove us up Pikes Peak, and the brakes didn’t get hot as we were coming back down.

mountains from Pikes Peak 

The day we arrived we went to Boulder Falls.

Boulder Falls

On the way to Colorado, we saw these fans, to save energy.  They’re building even more of them.

 wind power 

We left about 10:30am on Saturday Morning.