gabriola garden

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Daffodils galore, Perennials popping up!

Our crocuses are already in decline, while our daffodils are numerous and swaying in the (still chilly) winds. Some blossom trees have ignored the generally low temperatures, and have burst forth their buds. Spring has arrived on Gabriola, although we all wish that warmer temperatures were here, as well.

Sara and the kids went to Vancouver by ferry over the Easter weekend and took in the latest Hannah Montana 3-D concert movie. The best of both worlds is the promo line used to advertise this show, which is about a country bumpkin brunette who puts on a blonde wig and becomes a superstar. In the movie, she performs both as Hannah, and as herself, Miley Cyrus.

Hedgehog loves the TV show and she was thrilled by the movie. They also went on a big Easter egg hunt at a community centre. I was left at home to complete my week’s freelance assignments and take care of our coterie of pets.

Sara has carted in many barrels worth of horse manure and compost over the first two months of the year, so now we have a very thick layer of fertile, organic humus for our flowers and vegetables. We also treated the soil with Advanced Nutrients Iguana Juice Grow initially, and now that our bulbs are in flower, we fed them with Iguana Juice Bloom.

This 100% organic fertilizer can be used effectively in both soil and hydroponics grows, indoors or out. If you’re contemplating using it for your indoor garden, rest assured that it doesn’t clog up your system, like some organic ferts do. Friends who have indoor grows on the island are raving about how smoothly this refined plant food works in their hydroponics systems.

I’m also spraying our roses with Scorpion Juice and watering them with a Barricade mixture to impart acquired systemic resistance (SAR) and thicken their cell walls, so they can repel pathogens and pests much more easily. Prevention is the key behind these excellent Advanced Nutrients products.

It’s a bit too early to plant peas and beans, but Sara has been to our local garden centre and has returned with some annual flowers for our flower boxes, as well as seeds for more flowers and vegetables. On top of that, she’s got a whole number of plants growing in big, green barrels for transplanting at a later date. She really enjoys digging in the dirt and sometimes I have to take her supper out to her, because she wants to stay out and stay dirty until there is even a hint of daylight left.

Sorry about not blogging regularly anymore, but the demands of my job have become such that I don’t have as much free time as I used to have. I’ll try to keep a photo journal of our garden, though—hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.

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posted by Tim at 3:27 PM


  • Your plant product names sound like stuff I should be using here in the desert! Luckily, our native plants and even some others like the low nutrient soil we have and don't need supplemental amendments. I just planted container roses for the first time in 33 years--and those will probably take up a lot of time and care compared to all the cacti and succulents.
    Your photos are lovely.

    By Blogger No Rain, at 8:54 AM  

  • Heya Tim, flowers look great!

    So far I've just been working on growing some veggies, but those pictures make me want to try some tulips. (They're my wife's favorite.)

    Advanced Nutrients' stuff works great in soil, but it's made for hydroponics, right? Any idea how well tulips would do in hydroponics? I might just try them that way if it would work.

    By Blogger hugetom80s, at 12:52 PM  

  • I was about to post some tulip pictures! Sara's tulips are truly beautiful! Yes, you can use Advanced nutes to grow hydroponic flowers--tulips or roses or carnatrions. Check out their website and choose your plant nutrients. We grow organic, but you could use sythetic in hydro, less of a clog problem. Although Organic Iguana Juice is very smooth and highly effective--I'm sure it would perform really well in hydroponics.


    By Blogger Tim, at 4:04 PM  

  • Excellent! I've been kind of poking around the Wally World lawn & garden section here seeing if they have anything good for hydroponics (they don't, really) and didn't find any tulips at all. Maybe I'm just not looking the right place.

    No matter, I'm definitely going to have to go somewhere better to get my hydroponics-specific gear (like EC meter, nutrients, etc). I'm sure they'll have tulips there, in all their many varieties.

    I think I'll "forget" to tell my wife what's growing until they bloom. I'll let you know how it goes!


    By Blogger hugetom80s, at 5:01 PM  

  • Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the comments. Just remember that tulips grow from a bulb, so you're going to have to plant them in some growing medium, like rockwool or baked clay pebbles. It won't work just in water.

    Have you sent away for your free hydroponics newsletter yet? You can sign up at this web address!

    Good growing,

    By Blogger Tim, at 7:55 AM  

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