moving already?

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I wondered how long it would be before I would want to tinker more than I can on The answer is…a week and a half or so.

Please visit me at my new site. Still wordpress, just not dot com.


more and more

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

corn sprout
The corn is coming up!
But something is eating my eggplant.

I think the consensus is that it’s an animal eating the lettuces and a bug eating the eggplant.

I was going to pick up some irrigation supplies and some things to build critter barriers, but I got caught up pulling weeds instead. It’s tough being back at work!

good news…and bad news…

Monday, April 7, 2008

…the good news is
bok choi sprout

I’ve got sprouts!

…the bad news is
lettuce eaten

something has been eating my lettuce. And I’m guessing that means that my little bok choi sprouts will be on the menu tomorrow.

Oh well. I’m back to work, so whatever is eating the lettuce (and a bit of swiss chard) will get another day of feasting. Life in the garden.

I broke out the big camera to take these and more fun macro pics.

a reflective sunday

Sunday, April 6, 2008

jake and aj
I’m a teacher, and spring break is rapidly coming to a close. We always think we’ll get more done than we do when given a window of time. This time, I probably got more done. I didn’t do some of the stuff I would have liked to have gotten done and some of the things I should have gotten done. But I got ALOT done! This may be the best spring break ever. (Or maybe not…we usually make it somewhere in Northern California…but this one is right up there.) Time at home with the dogs, cats, and husband is pretty darn good. Read the rest of this entry »

something a little different

Saturday, April 5, 2008

flower bed

I had this patio installed a few years ago. Long story about why it is where it is and looks the way it does (the guy never finished it…3/4 his fault…1/4 my fault) and I was going to have it ‘fixed’ before I planted this border.

But after three years…I just needed to plant SOMETHING. And I needed a little instant gratification that buying things in bloom could provide. So it seemed like a good fit. So I planted this part late yesterday.

Spring break is winding down and I’ve accomplished a lot (outside). One goal I had was to get the patio area to a point where it was pleasant to have a meal out there. I’m almost there. I’m short a few plants for the other side. And the plant at the far end of that picture is a bulb (starts with a c…) that hasn’t bloomed yet. I want to wait to move the bulbs after they’ve bloomed and the foliage has died back. So the whole area will have to wait. But the immediate area around the patio…it can have flowers.
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we have structure

Thursday, April 3, 2008

ready to goand finished

I debated quite a bit about what kind of material to use for the vertical structures. I opted for 2″x2″ rough redwood. I was planning on buying netting to go in between, but for a couple different reasons, I didn’t. One, I hadn’t ordered it and didn’t want to wait to get something to attach stuff to. Two, this was cheaper. And three, I realized that I should have done something to attach climbing gear to the top piece BEFORE I put it up and attached it to the bed. They are about 7 feet tall (figuring my husband is 6’2″…he can reach the stuff at the top), but on top of that, the ground below them slopes downward. So it’s treacherous to even think about putting a step-stool there to attach stuff. I opted for making slip knots in the twine, tossing the roll of twine over the top, cutting the piece to length, and feeding the end through the slip knot to tighten. (Thanks Matt and Kathy.) That was not a fun process. I still have another bed to go and I’m not looking forward to it.

I did a little more planting today. I ran out and got a couple more squash plants and got them tucked in. And I planted more seeds.

I mentioned that I’m using the sixth bed as a combo nursery bed and cutting flower garden (I think). Anyway, I planted many different kinds of flower seeds.
nursery bed

first bed planted

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

strawberry bed

7 more wheelbarrows full of soil moved (some to random points around the yard where I plan to do some projects, some to freshening containers I’ll be planting soon) and the first bed planted! There are 16 Quinaults and 16 Chandlers in there. I was going to have the strawberry bed be the one bed that I planted “traditionally”…meaning in rows. But I found evidence of strawberries being grown successfully via the squarefoot gardening method. I know…I need to get some mulch.

I actually got much more than the first bed planted. I planted everything I got the day before, and some stuff I got today. My husband was also ready to buy his tomatoes today. They’ve been purchased and planted too. I did some ‘shopping’ at my father-in-laws. He gave me some onions that he’d started from sets and some from seed and a couple tomatoes. He also gave me access to his extra seeds and I planted some things from his seeds and some from seed I had purchased.

I really can’t believe all that I accomplished the past few days.
soil almost gonemostly filled beds

(…and no, I don’t plan to leave the little plastic tags…I just don’t trust I’ve recorded everything correctly with all I’ve been up to this week.)