Sep 11, 2012

Operation 'Take the Garden Back' - Phase II

Operation 'Take the Garden Back' - Phase II

Status: Complete

1. Thinned and relocated daylilies.
2. Thinned strawberry grass for the first time in several years.  That stuff is.. well that's another post all together.
3. Relocated goldsturm, daisies, echinacea, and hosta.
4. Planted daffodil and iris bulbs.
5. Removed and relocated some... purple woody stuff.. really, I think that's what they're called.  Woodus Purpleus... er, ya.
6. Seeded and covered some bald spots in the grass.

You know it's been a long time since you've planted daffodils when you see a spot and think to yourself... "That's a great place for some pretty spring daffodils.", dig a hold and discover.. well... daffodil bulbs.

I'm still at a loss for the front of my house.  It's mostly shade, and everything in there is unkempt and just all over the place.  Nothing matches.  I need a few hundred dollars and a spring trip to The Depot.  In the next year or two, the front should be back to lookin' spiffy. 

There is a lot more I want to do, but I still have a few weeks to move some stuff around I think. I can do most of that in the fall, ya? Hello? Is this thing on?
But for now, I made and cleaned up a big mess out there and my blower is broken... so I swept and now so is my back.

Sep 10, 2012

Operation "Take the Garden Back" - Phase I

Now that I've graduated, and not working until at least October I've got some free time on my hands.  Time to revive the space around my house formerly known as the yard/garden.

Today...  Mowed the lawn, weeded the flower beds and patio, edged, and trimmed the ivy.  In general I hate ivy... but my fence is old and broken down so I'm thankful the ivy holds it together.  Now that I've typed it out it doesn't seem like I did all that much work, but my body sure hurts.

Tomorrow.. - Phase II
Move a few plants around, plant bulbs, and seed and cover the bald spots in the yard.

I checked out some 'break down the stump in the middle of the yard' stuff to add to the stump in the middle of the yard.  It's much less expensive than I thought, so I think in the next week or two I'm going to.. y'know...  break down the stump in the middle of the yard.

Jun 23, 2012

A little progress...

Im attempting to update this via the blogger iPhone app... So far im not impressed. Photos were taken with my phone.

Weeded and cleaned up a little today. While I was watering everything my mind kinda jumped back to my previous gardening self. I was considering where to move the daylilies, what I could plant in some bare spots.... Y'know, the usual.

Veggies are doing much better than last year. Well... Except for the basil I'd forgotten I'd planted. Ooops.

Zukes!  Ok, so far I've only got one female flower...  but that's ok.  I usually let them
get really, really big and then make zucchini bread with the boys.  I hope we get a few this year.

Wasn't fast enough and the oregano bolted. It's ok, I wasn't really using it
much anyway.   The teeny little white flowers are pretty though.

I just love daisies
... and zucchini leaves.  They're HUGE!
Beat up ol' coneflower.
Daylily.  I love daylilies.  They're hearty, they bloom for two months
and they come back every year... a lazy gardener can't beat that.

May 26, 2012

Things sure aren't what they used to be

So, I used to have a garden.

No.. really I did.  It had veggies... It had flowers for Spring, Summer and Fall... mulch and everything.

Now?  Now I've got a shell of a garden.  I'm down to one teeny veggie bed and only the flowers that come back every year and leftover, moldy mulch.  It's downright depressing, but I just don't have the time or money to keep it up.

I miss ordering seeds, and I miss my sun room filed with tomato sprouts.  I miss picking purple and yellow tomatoes with orange stripes from plants taller than I am.  I miss giant zucchini and the kids eating sugar snaps peas from the vine faster than I can bring them in the house.  I miss taking banana peppers to my Dad, and watching the neighbors avoid eye contact with me for fear of me pushing garden surplus on them.
Hell, I even miss discovering new garden pests (how could I forget that tomato horn worm with all the wasp eggs?).  I miss watering everything in the evening and taking pictures of new blooms.

2012 Veggies

* 3 varieties of heirloom tomatoes - Beefsteak (don't judge me.. I     bought my plants at Walmart), Roma, and Black Queen.

*1 Japanese eggplant

*1 Black Beauty eggplant

*Jalapeno pepper

*1 Zucchini


*Oregano and Rosemary (left over from last year)

Evening Primrose

Cellphone shots from 5/25/12