Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Don't forget the napkin - this is one juicy sandwich!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'm so glad to finally get some use out of this pants hanger! I put a few bundles of herbs in a bag and tied it with part of the stems exposed, then poked a few holes in the bags. They are now hanging in the basement drying. I know I'll be able to harvest more basil later and since I don't really like Pesto, I think I'll try to find a cute way to package the dried herbs and give some to friends around the holidays. I think this will make an interesting stocking stuffer. Look what else I did! This morning this black iron stand held an empty aquarium. I've had this thing for over 10 years and I still think its really pretty. I also love fish but as I've stated before, I'm a lazy bastard and I hate maintaining it. It has always held fresh water fish but last year I had a fish epidemic and everybody died in a matter of a few days. Since then, it's just been sitting empty in the living room causing me extreme horror every time we have company. Talk about an eye sore! Anyway, I decided it would make a great plant stand and I just happened on a big blue board in my garage left by some previous owner who also left a saw in the basement. That's right - I used a saw! I am either going to re-paint the boards (I have baby blue paint that I used on my guest room) or sand a little of this off to make it look a little more rustic. I also considered painting the boards purple - I'm just dying to paint something purple now that I have seen Carol's purple garden bench. But, in the immediate future, this will house fall lettuce that I plan to plant from seed. I can't wait!I was so inspired by Farmgirl's great it's-so-easy-to-plant-lettuce-from-seed that I've been waiting for the right time to plant some myself. Since I won't get my raised beds built in time, I thought I'd just plant some in containers, hence the need for a longish plant stand. Below is what you get when you shop end of season sales. I do not like these window boxes! They need to be wider and wooden and way cuter than this. Should I take them back? I could use boxes that are 30 inches long and 12 inches wide. These are only 8 inches of boring stone colored plastic. Yuck! I considered trying to make my own but the only wood I have around is on the pallets in the basement. What do you think? Keep the ugly plastic ones or return them and build some wood ones?
After a long tiring day I was so hungry. This is the one pepper that my potted Sweet Banana Pepper plant has produced. I chopped it up along with onions and tomato from my garden on a big salad for dinner. I guess I've never had one of these that were not pickled. I have to say I was a little disappointed. It tasted like a bell pepper to me.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
I'll let you know if it works.
The following is an attempt to take a picture of a suspected Zinnia bud. I planted the seeds a few weeks ago and I thought I spotted some action. I have no clue what happened to the picture but I thought it was kinda cool for a screw up.
I have another busy weekend planned. Here's my tentative to do list.
- Kill weeds
- De-rust rusty cool table
- Harvest basil for drying
- Boring household chores
Thursday, July 26, 2007
That's it, there in the middle of the picture. It's tiny. Grow little Bee Balm, GROW!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
So, what do I do now? I do not see how it is physically possible to pull all these weeds with the mulch sitting on top. The only 2 things I can think of is to 1. rake off all the wood chips, weed, and replace the woodchips or 2. spray them with something that will kill them. Although option 2 suits my laziness way more, I would prefer not to use harsh chemicals which limits me somewhat. Plus, I really don't want to put my other plants in danger. Below is the other stuff that's taking over. The funny thing about this is that I didn't even notice this stuff until I dug up my gardens. It's like it was just waiting for me to get this just like I wanted to come along and ruin it all.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I won't re-post the current picture but you can see an updated one that I took a few days ago in the right margin of my blog.
My next project that I'm obsessing about (after sprucing up that patio table) is building a couple of raised beds which I'd love to do by Labor Day so I can plant lettuce. Now, if I can just find the perfect sized untreated free lumber!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
After removing as many weeds as I could, I loaded the rose beds up with the woodchips. I think it looks much better.
Another post mulch picture
I gotta say, I'm sooooooooooooooooo glad I am done with those damn woodchips!! I made a total of 9 trips!! That's 27 raggedy metal trash cans, 18 recycle bins and 18 storage containers full of this stuff. I wonder how many yards that was?
Saturday, July 21, 2007
In other free news, I have been back to Mr. and Mrs. Woodchip's house several more times and I think I have enough woodchips for all beds except the roses. There still seems to be quite a bit left so I think I'll go ahead and try for a few more loads over the next few days. I really can't believe how the plants in the foundation bed perked up after adding the woodchips! I love the woodchip mulch so far, and I love that it's good for the earth.
In still more free news, there is presently an old window out in my alley that my neighbor left for the trash and I'm desperately trying to think of a way to use this in my garden. It's about 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Anybody have any ideas?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This garden is also the one that is planted in the yard immediately next to the worm farm that I wrote about in my Garden Bloggers Muse Day earlier this month. In case you didn't read it, my father started worm beds to make money but they all escaped into the soil during a storm. After that, the yard always had ridiculous amounts of worms in it. They continued to live and multiply for 2 decades. My grandmother owns this house and my best friend and I lived there 20 years after the worm catastrophe and it was in this same yard that my best friend grew the most amazing watermelon I've ever tasted.
Bff - I'm sorry for not being a good friend back in those days. I was one selfish bastard. Your garden was awesome! Now that I have my own garden, I see why you loved it so much and why you wanted to share the experience with me. 8 years later, I am so envious! Nice work!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Anyway, I was so thrilled I almost screamed when I discovered it. I had lost hope that this plant would produce any fruit at all and actually almost threw it away on several different occasions for fear it would spread whatever nastiness it has to my other thriving veggies and fruits. Look how cute it is!
And how abought this picture. I couldn't see this stuff from where I was standing and this picture gave me a whole new outlook on these future peppers. Take a closer look. What's that hanging down from the pepper in the center of the picture? It looks like some gross slime. And look at that little pepper starting to form over to the left of the one in the middle. What the hell is that coming out of it? Is that a worm??? Should I not eat these things? I think I may have nightmares that I eat these peppers with the worms inside and the worms start to multiply and ...HOLY CRAP I'M REALLY SCARING MYSELF!
Either way, I'm glad to see this plant producing fruit. I thought I had some garden curse on my pepper plants since they have really struggled and the other stuff hasn't. If my life is in danger from these plants, somebody please let me know. Otherwise, I grew it - I'm eatin it!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
- When I wanted to start gardening, she convinced me that I could do it myself
- She made suggestions for things that would look nice and that she thought I'd enjoy, starting with my pink hedge roses on my fence line.
- When I thought I had taken on too much and was ready to give up, she INSISTED on coming over, brought her tools, and helped me dig for hours!
- She insisted I find my property survey and brought me graph paper so I could start mapping out my garden properly and brought me beginner garden planning books from her personal library
- She has shared several of her own plants with me and helped me decide where to plant them
- She has an awesome personality and is extremely easy to talk to and a fabulous teacher
- SHE LOVES TO GARDEN!
I keep telling her that I'll be her first reference and I've got the pictures to show what she's helped me do!
I would recommend my gardening coach to anybody. I credit her for my small successes and I have no doubt I would have given up a long time ago had it not been for her. Plus, I'd love to see her do something she loves this much. And get this, she already has a name for her business!
Thank you, Garden Buddy (Coach)! I appreciate you! Just do it!
Monday, July 16, 2007
The garden Gods were good to me on Sunday.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Above and below: Pink Simplicity Hedge Roses. These were planted the first week in June. I'm very proud of them.
Below: Rudbekia - please disregard the big weed in the background unless you can tell me how to get rid of it.
Below: Phlox Laura - I bought this after Carol recommended I buy Tall Phlox. Carol - I'm still looking for the "Creme de Menthe" variety.Below: smaller Rudbeckia
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I have several of these blue Rubbermaid storage containers and back when my bare root hedge roses arrived, I dumped the stuff out and used it as a tub to soak my roses. After that, I really didn't see the point in cleaning it and converting it back to a storage container, so it's been sitting in the garage.
I poked millions of holes in it using my drill but I noticed that Colleen's holes are much larger and that's got me a little worried. I'd like to use this one to dump kitchen scraps into along with the coffee grounds and filters I'm getting from work but what if my holes are too little? I think that means it smells bad, right? So far all I put in there was the filters from the coffee grounds, a little straw and the deadheaded roses. I'll add apple cores, lettuce we don't finish and other kitchen stuff to it as it accumulates. This should be interesting...
Friday, July 13, 2007
It made me realize what "mindful eating" is all about. Taking the time to think about the energy that went into making our food is much easier when we grow it. But, it sure would be nice to make an effort to do this with everything we eat.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thanks to marc and Carol I had an unexpected early harvest of onions. Per my post yesterday, these poor things were way overcrowded. Now here's the thing - do I use these on burgers like I do regular onions or in a casserole where I normally use green onions??? I'll be conducting informal polls at work today to find something delicious to cook with these TONIGHT. I can't wait! Thanks again, guys!