Showing posts from May, 2010


Have I mentioned I’m up to my eyeballs in work?  It’s almost over.  A week and a half and then I’ll have a life again and I’ll be able to post about things other than how much the plants have grown from the last time I showed them to you.  Most of them ARE a growin’…..and I think it’s pretty cool, since I paid for them and all…….Ok.  I just want to tell you to hang in there!  I have some great projects and ideas…..I just bought a a COOL piece of furniture off Craigslist that is sitting in the garage waiting to be addressed (I’m actually not sure how much work will go into it, since I can’t tell what is dirt and what is paint.)  I have a headboard idea that I think is pretty unique.  I have an entire dusty, weedy backyard that is slowly getting attention and is slowly morphing into something interesting…. and I have at least thirteen empty flower pots and a completely bare front porch, all of which will be getting the star treatment just as soon as I have time.  And I have a couple of …

Soaker hoses are for the birds.

You know those black soaker hoses?  My mom used to use them ALL the time in her gardens.  They do work fairly well (better than sprinklers at least) and they keep evaporation down in our hot summer climate.I tried to find some at Kmart a week ago and they didn’t have any.  Good thing, cuz I found something better!Recently, we were introduced to drip systems.  There’s a whole AISLE at Home Depot dedicated to drip systems!  It’s so cool!  See, here’s what happened.  Our raised veggie bed has an irrigation system.  Here it is back in March: For some reason, it had been cut and plugged.  So we trotted out to Home Depot and bought a connector to hook it up back up again.Then we turned on the sprinkler system to see how it worked.  The zone we turned on also contains some areas of the front yard.Nothin’. No water was coming out in the front yard areas, but the zone was turned on.  In fact…there was no water pressure at all.And then…..we stuck our heads around the corner into the backyard.Ho…

Ahh, May.

Don’t you love May?  It can be 70 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next.Remember my tomatoes?  Here they have just been planted and they do look a little worse for wear:Well then we had a few days where this was required:And now, sadly, my tomatoes look like this:I trimmed a bunch of the dead stuff off, so they are pretty spindly at this point.  But, there are new shoots of growth on all four plants (even if one plant only has one tiny little new branch), so I think they are going to make it.Other plants seem to be doing well.  Nothing is really taking off yet, but the fact that everything is still alive is heartening!This weekend I got some irises transplanted out of one of the side areas and into the bare back garden so that we can seed that side area with grass seed.  I also transplanted a mystery plant that I recently figured out (thanks to Google) is a lily! (One of the big tall lilies- I’ve only ever had daylilies.)  Here they are in the old, weedy location:We need to bury tha…

Snow. Again.

Ugh.  Need I say more?Clearly, I took this picture from an upstairs window.  Because I’m a wuss and I don’t want to get cold. :)Are you wondering about that funny pot upside down on the wall of water?  I used a tomato cage inside the wall of water to keep it from blowing over and crushing the pepper in there.  But the tomato cage also prevents the wall of water from forming a “teepee” that would protect the plant (like the other walls of water on the left).  So it needed a hat :)Some pots filled with dirt and awaiting annuals.I covered the plants that I could with empty flower pots.  No picture, cuz I’d have to go outside for that! And I covered the tomatoes with that lovely sheet which is probably soaked now (I always wondered just how effective a sheet could possibly be to keep plants warm.  Would you be ok with just a sheet?  Not me!) My tomatoes actually look half dead under that sheet.  We had a very cold night last week and even though I covered them, it apparently wasn’t enough…

Reality = Sometimes Failure

I found some cool candle holder dealies at Goodwill a while back.  On the same trip I found a glass dome.  I had the grand idea to make a cloche by painting one of them and combining it with the glass dome.  (The candle holders were painted a really groovy navy blue swirled with orange.)  For some reason, I bought both of the candle holders.
Well,  most items I find at Goodwill seem to need a bath.  So I got home and immediately threw these guys in the dishwasher.

Whoops.   (Good thing it was the old, leaky dishwasher!)

Clearly, they were NOT dishwasher safe! They came out of the dishwasher with the paint in stages of meltiness.  I thought, no problem.  I’ll just paint right over it and it’ll still work. No dice. The texture of the melted paint was very obvious under the primer.  (I don’t know what I was expecting…?)
So I tried sanding.  That got old pretty fast, and didn’t help much.

And they have been sitting on our kitchen counter ever since, waiting for me to figure out just what exact…

Behind the Times

Sorry folks.  I’m pretty boring lately.  I’m entrenched in a huge work-related project that won’t be over until June.  Until then, it’s all I can do to schedule in (yes I do actually schedule it in)  some weed-pulling, veggie planting, and mulch-spreading.  It’s just because I have to get certain work things done every day and pulling weeds etc are “fun” things at this point in time.  So in the evenings and on the weekends,  I alternate fun, work, fun, work.  It looks more like this:  plant five bulbs, work for two hours, spread mulch in the front garden, work two hours, go to grocery store, work for two hours (at this point in the day it usually turns into “work for one hour” = burnout)watch TV with Hubs for 30 minEtc.Hubby doesn’t understand how housework can be fun for me (but the only other option is WORK work!)  “Real” fun is out of the question because it usually takes more than an hour and it often involves leaving home.  But what this means for blogland is….. things like finis…

87 Mph

Was the high speed gust of wind in our area yesterday.  I think we got more like 50-70 mph gusts at our house.Our patio table cover (held with tightly pulled elastic cords and one plastic clip around the bases of six chairs) blew right off.  It has another plastic clip that snaps around the base of a chair on the opposite side, but  I had unhooked it over the weekend to pull a chair out and enjoy the sun while Hubby was grilling.  If I hadn’t unhooked that one side,  I think we might have had a flying patio table.The brand new grill cover….blew right off.  (Luckily, it didn’t blow away, just off.)My watering can and a 5 gallon bucket were blown across the yard.  Not surprising.Our front yard was decorated with a pizza box as I left for work.But the worst part…..Two of my wall of waters collapsed on my newly planted veggies.  I saw it this morning and ran out to set them back up (of course now they’re mostly empty so they need refilling – I hope that doesn’t also mean they have holes i…

Veggie Tales

I love homegrown tomatoes.  Who doesn’t?  And we’re going to try our hand at growing and roasting green chilis.  And I thought bell peppers, jalapenos, and pole beans would also be nice additions to the homegrown tomato initiative :)By the way, please forgive our ugly background dirt.  It will be transformed a little at a time.Here’s the beginning of the veggie garden, after major weed pulling/forking.I tried growing tomatoes in pots on our south-facing balcony at our old apartment.  They got scorched from too much heat.  That, and *maybe* Hubby forgot to water them? or water them enough? while I was gone for a few days?  He thinks he might be the culprit, but probably it just got way too hot.This year, I’m planting cherry tomatoes, and lots of ‘em!  Because I’m impatient and they’re ready sooner.And hopefully being out in the open yard and not on a 3-sided balcony, they won’t scorch to death.I finally got my hands on some “wall of waters” so I can get things planted and they’ll be pr…