Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When will spring be sprung?

Every weekend seems to have something to do... and I'm good with that... I think this is what I'm supposed to be doing right now... it just seems like it is taking such a long time to get where I want to be...

I have been in a stupor about how wonderful the weather has been lately... Then, of course, slapped with a last minute freeze, well played again Mother Nature...

I tried to be frugal with planting what I want.... so I wouldn't have to fight to look for what I need to use to cover up my frost tender plants...

Well, freeze expectations are here for two nights or mornings, however you want to look at it...

A lot has happened as I said, every weekend has had some thing happening...  and not only on the outside but the inside too..

I have been working on making my little kitchen "feel" a bit bigger... I have been cleaning the
cabinets and painting them to have a brighter feeling in it... and Its' a lot of work... the only money being spent on the the kitchen is in what is a necessity like faucet, stove and hood vent, the rest is paint and elbow grease on getting it cleaned...we have other things we want to do but its a bit more money and it will happen eventually... like counters, floors and back-splash...

On the outside,  I have come across something new to me, I have found something growing in our trees... Yes, Not just leaves,... Its kind of alien ish...  and of course something that I do not like at all...

Galls-  Now, my understanding is that these things harbor wasp larvae... Yes, repeat, Wasp Larvae....
Now I get that these creatures are some sort of benefit to what ever Mother Nature needs them for...



But after getting my ummm, Bu** kicked by them, they do just freak me out... When they come at me, I am like the proverbial windmill, as my husband says, yes, the arms are in motion and the body swaying and legs sprinting out of control.... LOL...

But on the upside,  It seems like someone out there loves to devour them... I have seen quite a bit on the ground opened up and emptied out... so, whew! maybe my arms flailing and legs sprinting will be less than thought... LOL...

Then on the down swing of my experience, the neighbors 12 cats, yes that many, decide to come on to my property, and climb my tree next to my house and proceed to attack a squirrel nest... Yes, two in the tree and the rest waiting on the ground for what ever they do... Might I say, Yes we are in the rural area, yes this type of thing happens, and yes it's something I must learn to deal with ... but might I also say, it is my backyard and not in the wilderness... and rogue cats in my yard .... not ok...
So needless to say it didn't turn out with the happy ending... and that is not good vibes in my yard...

But the up swing again,  well, Maybe to some we have stinging nettle in the yard... The medicinal properties that it give is very cool... that will be a new learning experience to run with...




Well, I have have plants to tuck in from the cold...


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Let the Plantings begin...

Plantings has begun...

The fig tree and grapevines like the chosen position they planted in...  and my guess so does some  hungry creatures.. Looking wonderful yesterday, and eaten today... assumptions are a squirrel...  

I have purchased three trees, so far....

Peach, pear, and an apple (an "Anna" apple evidently this variety does not need more than just itself) fingers crossed...
This past weekend, they were planted... I wasn't entirely convinced of where I planted them... but I think it will work out quite well...




We have made a couple of raised beds.... I finished putting soil in one of them, I think that I will use it for my lettuce bed, along with radish and some other plantings that will go along with lettuce...



I have a compost barrel that seems to work well enough well enough in fact I have pumpkins growing in it...

Yes... I know there was plastic bags in the pile... I took care of it...LOL...

 I won't be able to use it yet but I think when it is time... it will be great soil...



I started some seeds... I had it in the back of my mind that there could be a chance that they won't germinate, but so far I have marigolds, basil, melon, Armenian cucumbers sprouting.... Yay!

It has been awhile since I have had my hand in dirt and growing plants... so after seeing this my confidence went up immensely ....





Here are some of my starts...  The seedlings that are in the second picture are a variety of cantaloupe called "honey kiss" which I saved the seeds from ... I hope to get some melons ... yummm...


I also seeded some cherry tomatoes, and a tomato that I dont have experience with called "Rutgers"
and then some tomatillos... not sure if these will take well or not, but its a try...

I'm still waiting to see if I get eggplant, bell peppers and jalapenos...

Still working at getting things worked out... but one thing we did was create a great sitting area,



From that to this...


To this.....


More work to do but I guess one project at a time...

Until the next project... or catch up... or tangent...


Sunday, January 15, 2017

As it begins..

It started with the desire to have a garden, and it grew into a dream that could no longer contain itself...

The question was always "Then what?" I would say...
We started to grow into empty nesters as the phrase says to its self...  We had many options that weren't really the desire but we tried to entertain..

It just was "Then What?"

We down sized immensely from a two story 4 bedroom 3 bath house... to well nothing...
so we needed to get our proverbial tails in check and figure out the best thing for us... We were in good fortune of a path that made what we have now...

the view every morning...

A 3 bedroom (potential) 2 bathroom  2.45 acre home... (bliss) in my eyes ...
I have the makings of an incredible opportunity to make My garden of my dreams, and actually live from it..

the view from the front yard looking out to the road

I have a learning curve ahead of me... New adversaries to fight... mildew, black spot, different insects to either work with or retaliate against... and of course weather... did I mention, hornets and wasps... uhhh...Them, being the last thing I want to deal with... they'er mean... fire ants, moles, and well you get the idea...

the back corner looking to where the garden will be


This spring there will be a meager garden to experiment... if all goes to plan, this will be my plot...
I do plan to have all my favorite veggies...

tomatoes
peppers
eggplant
cukes
zukes
carrots
lettuce

added to it
onions, garlic

sunflowers,

As for fruit I bought a fig tree and grape vines...

I plan to do more, but I've realized that I have other nemesis in the be on the look out for...
birds (crows, blue jays, etc...) and squirrels, and supposed deer... which haven't seen yet... but I'm sure I would be in a lets say, pee ohhed mood ... if I came out to tend my master piece and it was gone...

So as it is and "as it begins" my ups and downs, wins and loss... I will be writing to keep my experiences at its most enlightened way... or can I say as a record of success and or not so much... (loL)