Jack has been busy getting the fall garden planted.
He has planted some seeds and some plants. The Cabbage, Onions, and Lettuce have all been planted and they love the weather we have been having 80 degrees in December lol. Our area is breaking its own record for record warm temperatures.
He has already bought $60.00 in seed for the springtime they get hard to find the specific kind of cucumbers and tomatoes you want. He actually listened to me last year and kept up in a notebook what brands he liked the best. We will of course go buy some plants in February. We had some tomatoes that tasted the best and some that were the biggest we had ever grown. I will share a picture with some of our harvest from the springtime this year.
In the back bathroom we never use I have all my coleus rooting for the springtime there are 3 of the bigger pot flats with two kinds of coleus. They are all doing great. I might do one more flat in there I have not decided just yet.
My aloe vera that survived the freeze in February came back really good and produced a lot of pups. I was able to give away 12 containers to my mother n laws friends from church. These are the quilting and rosary-making ladies. Some of the ladies get together 1 x a month for games day.
Planting a garden or growing plants in your yard is always lots of fun. Watching it grow is a thrill but sharing what you grow is a great feeling.
Coleus comes in so many varieties but most types like full or part shade and moist soil.
I have about 6 or 7 varieties this year and I have been propagating them. This is my Coleus raised bed. This is where all good coleus goes to make more coleus. I have a few favorite varieties I have not been able to find this year.
The way I propagate them is I take off a thick cutting remove all the lower leaves and plant it in moist soil watering it daily and in a few weeks you will have a whole new plant.
As you can see I have gotten a bit carried away this year.
I really like Coleus because it can brighten up an area of your yard with a splash of color. Choose light and bright colors for darker areas but you can accent with the dark red wines.
This little plant will give you a bang for your buck. It is sold as a house plant but does wonders outdoors in the sun or the shade. I had some come back 3 years in a row.
Hypoestes Splash is the formal name of this plant.
It comes in several colors but this is my favorite combination. I have some in a planter in the front and the backyard. I think the backyard one is going to get planted in a new flower bed. I bought a flat of it when I bought it.
Add a splash of color to your yard with the Polka Dot Plant.
Years ago my mom gave me some of her big Aloe Vera. This was a very old plant but I am not sure how old.
A few years ago it bloomed then again last year and now there are blooms all over several plants this year.
I have about 8 pots of the Aloe Vera scattered around the backyard plus Jack has about 30 pots in the greenhouse that are ready to be sold.
They are suppose to bloom 1 x a year but I think there are a lot of factors that go into them blooming.
Aloe Vera is very easy to grow and it likes to be neglected and not over watered.
Our two youngest granddaughters who are 6 years old Karina and Sophia love plants so I have given them several of the plants we had rooted. They have airplane plants, ivy, and aloe vera and they have quite the green thumbs like their mom does. They keep them on an Ikea Cart and roll them in and out of the sunshine indoors and sometimes they take them out on the front porch.
A simple plant that has several medicinal uses creates such a beautiful bloom even if it is only one time a year.