Gardening Journal

2014 - Gardening

Cosmos and Calendula

Early March we started inside some Cosmos and Calendula. They germinated after 2 or 3 days and the stouts are now going strong. They survived their first experience outside in the shade for few hours.

2013 - Gardening


April 18th, 2013

This year, we grew some annual flowers and eatable plants from seeds (early April) that I started inside the house. Our seeds selection encompassed:  Corn (kernels), Cosmos, Marigolds (seeds from last year plants), Morning Glory, Snapdragons, Sunflowers and Tomatoes. From all those seeds, only the morning glory and Marigolds survived the transplant outside. The rest died by too much sun and wind exposure as I tried put the baby plants outside to strengthen them. I will have to rethink what I did for 2014. It was very disappointing to see all the spouts dying one after the other after a month or so.

Here is a list of Annual Flowers to consider for next year: Amaranth, Cosmos, Morning Glory, Lobelia, Nasturtiums, Orange California Poppies, Petunias, Snapdragons, Zinnias

2012 - Gardening


Our 2012 Harvest 
Saturday, July 28th, 2012

I planted 4 or 6 pumpkin seeds mid May and only 2 germinated. Then I transferred them in the dirt of our patio. The seeds are from our Jack-O-Lantern from last year that I purchased at our general grocery store (King Soopers) that I kept and dried.

The pumpkin plants are growing and are very healthy. We have been surprised about how fast the plants have been growing. It is now taking over our patio....

The blossoms are so pretty in the cool morning.

A perfect flower

The blossom is tilled up with a tendril.

Busy bees working on pollination
1st Pumpkin fruit!!!!! July, 28th

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The 2 pumpkin plants were taking too much room on our tiny patio. So, we decided that it was time to trim some growing stems. We cut a lot and ended up removing 1 of the plant, which was actually small, and did not appear to have any fruit growing yet.
The pictures below only represent 1/4 of the plant. I just checked the length of the plant and it is around 17 yards long.


Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Since we have discovered our 1st pumpkin, we found another one.... Now, we have 2 nice and healthy looking pumpkins.
The plant is only 3 feet away from the front fence of the house....
I need to take pictures of our 2 pumpkins every Saturday morning.

- Pumpkin Growth Timeline -

P1: July 28th

P2: August 2nd

No picture.... What was I thinking!

P1: August 11th

P2: August 11th


P1: August 18th

P2: August 18th

P1: August 25
P2: August 25

P1: September 1st
P2: September 1st


                           September 8th - No Pictures - Visiting Grandpa and Grandma

P1: September 15th - Harvesting Day
P2: September 15th - Harvesting Day

Book References:

  • For Flowers
How to Get Started in Rocky Mountain Gardening by Rob Proctor

  • Vegetables and Herbs Gardening
Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
Homegrown Herbs - A Complete Guide to Growing, Using and Enjoying Mare than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung

  • For Both Sections
The Gardening Book - A Practical Guide to Creating a Beautiful Garden, from Design and Planting to What to do in Each Season by Peter McHoy

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