Monday, June 18, 2012

New garden spots opens up.

So see those pine trees in the background of these happy go lucky winter days?

Well, they fell down and crushed my parents house and car!!! 
So naturally we thought, hey what a great place to plant a little garden. The soil is rich with nutrients and has lots of bark and dark rich composte. This will be the easiest garden spot ever.

The following back breaking.....hernia creating.....chainsaw wielding...expletive flying filled montage of photos show what an easy garden spot this was panning out to be.

I think that by the time this photo was taken my Dad was just holding that tree root and softly weeping...which moistened the ground and paved the way to........

an actually pretty great little garden spot.

Three rows of corn.

15 individual plants of Yellow Squash

So I guess the saying is true.....when God closes a door he opens a window....or is it....when He crushes your home and car with 5 pine trees you decide to plant some corn and squash. I can't quite remember.

A new toy and some beanstalks.

We bought a new toy. A planter box. We got this around the middle of May. We decided to plant it with Pole Beans. They have been in for almost 3 1/2 weeks.

The beans are doing very well and it was time to add some twine so they can start the climb. We have already harvested a few bowls of beans and I can't wait to see how well they do now that they have something to climb up.

 We will have to see how much they climb in just a weeks time. I will update with pictures next week so that we can see the progress.

Memorial Day Garden Tribute

So as I previously mentioned in my first post the whole gardening project began because of my amazing Grandfather. On memorial day we took all the kids up to the cemetery to pay our respects. The reason I include this picture on the gardening blog is that along with the beautiful flowers we also brought a single stalk of corn as well. I would imagine that for most people visiting a cemetary and seeing a pot with a stalk of corn in it may be out of place. However, anyone that knew my Grandpa would agree that he would have loved it, and that it was right at home among the roses and daisies.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Little Greenhouse that could.

The purpose of this blog will be to chronicle and journal the success and failures (hopefully success) of the Deamer family gardening efforts. 
 My Dad purchased this little greenhouse in 1983 at a yard sale for $90.00 dollars. That was almost 29 years ago. Now you would think over the course of those 29 years that countless flowers and vegetables would be grown and harvested. Not with most things in life, life gets in the way. Life is busy, especially when taking care of 4 kids and everything that comes with them. Needless to say the only attention this greenhouse got over the years was drying some fruit and making homemade fruit leather and getting the crap kicked out of it by kids breaking panes of glass with everything from soccer balls to out of control motorcycles. So fast forward to 2012!!
 We lost our Father and Grandfather James Creamer in November of 2011. He was an amazing person who I remember as being able to do anything. One of those things would have been gardening. I think that for me and my Dad we both feel that gardening is a way for us to remember him and also to keep a part of him here with us. We decided to literally dust off the Little Greenhouse that could and get serious about green house gardening. With new thermal panes installed, a fan and venting system that can keep the greenhouse at a constant temperature, and a heater for cool nights we decided to go all in.

 We started in early March and planted everything from tomatoes, squash, pole beans, radishes and onions. We also decided to do some flowers. We chose to grow starts for gladiolas, lilies, dahlias, and ranunculus. In the future we will be posting exact dates of the starts, germination, and transplanting. Then we can follow up to see what succeeded and what did not.