Archive for April, 2010

h1

Visual!!

April 24, 2010

Little mice

These are two little mice I made.  The blue one is Cindy’s birthday gift.  OK….on to the garden!

Robert built this awesome garden box for me!

The two plants in front are green peppers and the four in the back are tomato.  These are the only plants I purchased.

Green bean sprouts

Squash!

Behind the squash at the back of the box in this photo there are some jalapeno.  Some I started inside and they are already sprouted and other I did directly into the box a week or so later and no signs of them yet.  But hopefully, this will keep us in jalapeno for a longer period of time.  That orange pot on the corner contains four or five little marigolds.

tiniest signs of lettuce

The Green Beans again

Photo with my foot...for scale hahaha

Watermelon sprout

Watermelons need A LOT of room to grow so I started them from seeds in the house and then planted them around the yard.  Not in the garden box.

Area cleaned out last weekend

I didn’t think to take a before photo so this next one will give you an idea of what it looked like before I dug out all the juniper and monkey grass.

Example of what I dug out

front view of house

Before I cleaned out that area you really couldn’t see the front of the house at all…much less that pretty stone border!

stone border w/Blue Star Creeper

This weekend I was planning to do the first round of fertilizer on everything but, its supposed to be storming all weekend.  I guess I’ll do some indoor chores and more yard work next weekend.  Bummer!

Advertisements
h1

Must Have Been A Sale!

April 18, 2010

I spent half of yesterday, all day today and three days the weekend before last digging out monkey grass.  I’m so tired!!  My body hurts.  However, this weekend I noticed that either I’m much better at digging out the monkey grass or this monkey grass was suicidal.  It was much easier this weekend than it was two weeks ago.  And I’m a little less sore.  So maybe I’m stronger!  This weekend’s chore also included removing a mound of juniper.  I had no idea what to expect under all the leaves, needles, branches…whatever juniper is.  I was surprised to find is was sort of like a little tree.  It had a trunk!  I lopped off all the branches until it was just a 3′ tall trunk.  I dug out from under it, tugged at it with all my weight, and lopped off many of the bigger roots.  I finally got that baby out!  By the end of today I had cleared out about a 5’x5′ area and planted seeds for Chinese Lanterns, Dahlias, and English Dasiys as well as a small plant of Creeping Jenny and Blue Star Creeper. 

All the clearing and digging up of the Monkey Grass and Juniper I’ve done over the last several weeks is just a drop in the bucket.  I mean really…the people who lived here before us must have found on Heck Of A Sale on Monkey Grass and Juniper.  I HATE Monkey Grass!  Juniper isn’t too bad usually but most of it has reached the end of its natural life span and looks horrible.  I just have to keep reminding myself that if we do a little bit at a time we’ll make progress.

On another note, since we’ve been living here we’ve been very careful not to let Chester out at the same time as Peanut, the dog next door.  Chester has a reputation of not being very friendly towards other dogs.  He and Peanut are very similar in size and shape but, Peanut is all white with a pink nose and Chester has his brown spots.  Today I let Chester out and didn’t notice that Peanut was out with her mom too.  They noticed each other and were in a very scary fight before I or my neighbor could get to them.  It sounded horrible and violent but, by the time I was within about 10′ of them it was over.  They were both fine and just spent the next few minutes circling each other and sniffing.  Big time sniffing.  Then they were fine.  I’m so happy that it’s over and they both survived!!

h1

My New Garden

April 17, 2010

Robert built a huge raised garden box for me.  It is 4′ x 10′ and over a foot deep.  He filled it with a mix of sand, soil, and manure.  It took two truck loads of dirt to fill it up!  Last weekend I planted four tomato plants, and two green pepper plants on one side and seed rows of lettuce, cilantro, green beans and, jalapeno peppers on the other side.  Meanwhile, in the house we had already started the seeds of squash, basil, watermelon, marigolds and more jalapeno.  The squash sprouts went into the big bed about mid-week, the basil will be planted in a container on the porch and the watermelon will be scattered around the yard because they take up too much room to go in the bed.  I also planted seeds of Morning Glories in a container near the front porch on the same day that the squash sprouts went into the ground.  Every morning and every evening I go out and check on the progress. 

This morning is exactly 7 days from when the bulk of the planting got done.  The four tomato plants and two green pepper plants that I purchased look strong and happy.  I think I can see the first sprouts of lettuce starting to come up.  The squash babies that started from seeds in the house and were planted in the bed look really strong and already have a new set of leaves.  The Morning Glories are sprouting!

Previously, when I started the seeds inside for the watermelon, squash… I also had done tomato plants from seeds.  I had about 20 1.5 to 2″ tomato seedings and Two Toes, the cat, ate all but three of them.  I was so angry.  Of the three he left me with one is in a container on the porch near the basil and the other two will go to Cindy and Mom.  Cindy and mom are also each getting some squash babies and watermelon babies.  I had so many seedlings I was also able to give some to my friend Jennifer and my friend Darren.

I really wish I had taken Robert’s advice and started a journal from day one to track all this.  I’ll try to just start from here.   Well, I better get out there…I have watermelon seedings to plant!