Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Herbal Update and a Butterfly

Seen in the early morning...well about 8:30. That's still early, right?  Isn't it beautiful. I am thinking maybe newly hatched and drying it's wings because it was sitting so still on the wall. I love butterflies, and am hoping to see some Monarchs this year.

The oregano, thyme and parsley are coming along nicely. I may have made a mistake planting them as I did, scattering seed in the pots. Transplanting could be tricky, or I could just thin to a few per pot. The replanted basil (not pictured) has started coming up, too. At last check, the sage hadn't sprouted, but they were supposed to take longer.

I'll try and get some shots of my beans and radish for a later post. Until next time, happy gardening!

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Oh No You Don't

A garden update: This is the bait box, and when I went back to check on my newly planted seeds, I found that critters had been in them digging around and had upended several of my bean seeds, one of which had already sprouted a root. It was probably Robins trying to make a meal on my earthworms. I fussed and suwannee'd and fixed it, knowing full well it would keep happening until either what was left of the beans sprouted and grew or just gave up.

Sometimes that little light bulb goes off and reminds me of what I already know, so I grabbed the screens I put screens over the box last year. The light bulb also helps mask the mess I hadn't cleaned up.

Anyway, my radish are already coming up so hopefully the screens will protect them. The planter I used for my sage also came under attack, and I used a piece of hardware cloth over that. Even the strawberries that I transplanted from the field seemed like they might make it.

I mentioned that I had more seed to plant but didn't have a place prepared. Well, I found some old styrofoam cups and started my yellow squash and some Hungarian Wax peppers in them. As my Mom would say, "time will tell". I'll keep you updated as the garden saga continues.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time to Plant

Summer is just around the corner and I have started planting...yes you heard that right. Now it's nothing big, just a few herbs, beans and some radish (for hubby, I don't eat radish).

I have a few more things to plant, but there is a crap-ton of work yet to be done to prepare a place - maybe a raised bed or some large containers. I don't know what yet, but the weather is right for growing now that the temps are warm and the monsoons seem to have subsided, at least for the time being.

The herbs:

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To date, the thyme and oregano have sprouted, and the basil got overturned, probably by a squirrel or other critter. I had to replant it. 

I also have a large container that is probably 7 feet by 2.5 feet and maybe a foot deep that was originally used to house bait. My mom got it years ago when the man who sold bait closed up shop. It has been used for plants ever since, and I have it now. 

I grew beans in it last year and they did pretty good considering I failed to notice that I had bought climbing bean seeds. The stakes I put up were not sufficient and some ended up in the neighboring azalea. Nevertheless, we got several batches and they bloomed right through October.

We shall see what happens this year. I planted all bush beans! All gardeners are welcome to chime in with stories and/or advice.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Shameless Plug

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Planning for Spring Vacation

This is the day 8 (&9) of the 2019 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today I am combining Monday (Planning) and Tuesday's (Spring vacation) prompts as I am playing catch-up again.

Since both these prompts relate to one another it will be easy to combine them. They go together like a hand in a glove, like dinner and a movie, like Hansel and Gretel, well you get the idea. It is very difficult, for me at least, to take any vacation, no matter how long or short or how far away, without considerable planning. 

Why not just stuff some things in a bag and go, you ask? Oh, my friend, you do not have pets to get a sitter for, and you do want to use that credit card, right? What's your available credit and do you need to make a payment? You don't want to hear "I'm sorry, your card has been declined" when you have just finished a $50 dinner. Oops!

And then there are your accommodations. If you're staying in a hotel, many things are provided and you'll probably be eating out. But, if you choose a condo, you may need towels, sheets, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and don't forget your hair dryer. Not worry, though, there is a Walmart just around the hope.

Once you know where you're going, and booked your hotel/condo, it's helpful to know what you'll be doing and what type of weather to expect. If you're like me, you have gotten to your destination and wish you had a warmer coat, an umbrella or some shorts instead of all jeans. See what I mean? Planning goes a long way to making your spring vacation more pleasant, and you know that Fluffy or Fido are also being taken care of.

So are you the free spirit yelling "ROAD TRIP!!!" or are you the planner?

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