Category Archives: Gardening

Overwhelmed by Gardening

It is that time of year to be overwhelmed by gardening.  Green life is bursting forth everywhere!  You can almost sense the growth and activity in the air.  We see the tenacity of nature and green growing plants.  It is truly an exciting and alive time to be outside.  But and there is a big but….  Weeds are growing everywhere.  They almost grow perceptively overnight.  So it is very easy to be overwhelmed by gardening this time of year!!

Hints to Tackle Being Overwhelmed by Gardening

I have a few hints to share with you about being overwhelmed by gardening.

  • Take things a step at a time.
  • Don’t look at the whole garden at once.
  • Plan small projects like weeding a 2 x 2 ft area.
  • Use a timer–give yourself 15-20 minutes to work on one small part and then take a break. (Check out my post on how my father taught me to take a break , be mindful and appreciative in the garden.)
  • Use mulch, compost or leaves on top of newspaper to keep the weeds down.
  • Use a weed barrier cloth.

Using Mulch or a Weed Barrier Cloth

I have had good results with these methods, particularly using newspaper with mulch on top.  The newspaper eventually deteriorates into the soil.  It is time consuming to put it all down.  I have used weed barrier cloth with good results but there are discussions on the internet that it is not so good.  Sometimes in the springtime I feel so discouraged I want to cover my whole garden with a weed barrier and take a year off.  But I don’t do that.  I stick it out, working and working and things get better.

Check Out How My Weed Barrier Cloth Worked

overwhelmed by gardeningLast year I used a weed barrier cloth where I planted tomatoes and peppers.  The cloth kept the weeds at bay quite nicely.  This year the weeds grew in the open areas of the weed cloth where the tomatoes and peppers were planted the year before.  This photo is quite dramatic showing the weeds in the areas where the weed cloth barrier was cut out.  These weeds are actually chickweed which is edible and makes a nice addition to a wild green salad.  Notice no weeds where the weed barrier is intact.

Don’t lose hope when you are overwhelmed by gardening.  Keep at it and it will get better as the season goes on.  And use whatever barriers you can to keep the weeds down.

Amaryllis Baby Bulbs

This is a continuation of my saga: Growing Amaryllis bulbs.  Now I am interested in growing amaryllis baby bulbs.  I have my original bulb and its baby growing in pots for blooming last spring.   I grew them in the house until the first one bloomed.  The baby bulb grew nice green leaves but no flowers.  The baby amaryllis needed more time before it would bloom, even though it was a nice size.

I repeated what I had done the year before.  The plants stayed on the porch for the summer and lo and behold, the original amaryllis bulb grew three more babies!!!  You can see the size of these magnificent bulbs by seeing the quarter in the picture!  This is not a picture of how they grew.  The bulbs were almost completely buried.  It is a picture of how they looked after they had been dormant for a few months and after I had removed a lot of the soil.

Amaryllis Baby Bulbs

This picture shows the bulbs after I removed a lot of the dirt so I could see how they were connected.  I am  getting ready to separate them and repot them.Growing Amaryliss bulbs

Wanting to Know More I Did Online Research

According to information on the internet I had been doing a few things wrong.

  • I buried the bulbs almost completely.  It says leave 1/3 of the bulb exposed.
  • The pot that I put it into was way too large.  It said leave 1-2 inches around the bulb.
  • My timing was off.  Usually they bloom in December for the holiday season.  Mine were blooming in the spring.

Here is my analysis of “what I did wrong”:

  1. I’m not sure what impact it had on my plants that I buried the bulb almost completely.  This year I will try leaving 1/3 of some of my bulbs exposed.  Then I will see if that makes a difference.
  2. I think that the very large pot was conducive to the bulb producing baby bulbs.  There was plenty of room to spread out!
  3. I don’t think the timing was off for what I wanted .  I wanted spring-blooming flowers, not winter flowers.  This was my personal preference.  The timing enabled my plants to be ready to go onto the porch after all danger of frost had past and after the flowers had died.  The plants got a real growing boost by being in so much sun.

So now I have 5 pots of amaryllis bulbs growing, hopefully the original and its first baby will bloom in the spring.

Check out my YouTube video on Growing Amaryliss Bulbs!