June 7, 2011
"Don't you just love a bargain"
I ended up buying a Oleander for $3, two hellebores for $2 each, a 3 gallon and 1 gallon "Endless Summer" hydrangea for $4 for $1, a ponytail palm for $4, a 3 gallon peony for $4, and a Hibiscus for $6, and a Weigela "Wine and Roses" for $4. As you can see, they are not the typical plants you normally find in the clearance rack. The retail value of the plants was $130, I paid $30. Anyway, I felt like Christmas had come early. "I love a good bargain".
The Weigela was not doing very well in the pot so I went ahead and planted it to reduce the stress and get it out of it's root bound pot. It perked right up!
Needless to say I will be checking back frequently for more "bargains" even though I have been threatened by my wife not to buy anymore plants.
Everything is doing great with both the raised bed and the SWC's. I picked the first pods of okra over the weekend and more are on the way. I don't expect the four okra plants to produce that much but they were the only plants available at the time and I bought them more to see if we liked the red okra and if so, I would save seed for next year and could plant a bigger crop. We did fry up what I harvested along with some regular okra we purchased at the store and it was very good.
The squash are in bloom and and should start producing soon.
The "rattlesnake" pole beans have tripled in size in the past two weeks.
The weekend project was to clear an area to plant all the heirloom tomato seedlings I've had in pots on the driveway. Last year a friend of mine raised his tomatoes on feedlot panels which come in 16 ft. lengths and varying heights. I choose the hog panel which comes in a 34" height with spacing large enough to pick the fruit. I found them at "Tractor Supply" which is now a "new" favorite store. I used T posts to support the wire and zip ties to secure the panels to the posts. Next, I ran a soaker hose, planted the tomatoes , and put down mulch to retain moisture and impede weeds.
The SWC's are doing great.
A while back we bought a galvanized tub at an auction and decided it would make a nice planter.
Have a great week and check out the clearance racks!