Monday, February 22, 2010

This and That Weekend

We were expecting some beautiful weather and warmer days and we got it . Friday was a beautiful 60 degrees and Sat and part of Sun were beautiful. Clouds began to move in on Sun but still it was a good day too. I got out and accomplished a lot this weekend.

On Sunday I was running out of time getting the broccoli and lettuce in the ground. I was scrambling for edging for this bed. I was able to use a thin piece of flashing from the house that wasn't usable. I put it to use. I also found some plates in the shed we worked on this weekend and they were perfect. The broccoli and lettuce will be very happy here facing the south. I amended the already rich soil with some compost I made last year and mixed it in well. What you see on top is the seed start mix they started in. The backside of this area will be filled in with leaves or whatever. That is the drip line off the house.

Speaking of compost - I learned a lesson this week - don't use green onions that still have the roots on them. They will try to root in the compost. They won't decompose unless you remove the root.

I have a question - do you think I will need to cover this with plastic with the cooler temps coming in? The lows are going into the low 30's. Help me garden Buddies.

This is the front porch bed I started last weekend. I started out with a curved front. Well I had to keep evening it up....

after evening it up 3 times this is what I ended up with. The area is about 6 1/2' wide and 13' or so long. I think this will hold a lot flowers. I have to finish up the edging and rake it out with some added fine garden soil with vermiculite. This garden will receive 6 or so hours of sun a day.
I am looking forward to filling it up. There is another garden in the front that I will be enlarging too and also a garden around the pecan tree in the front to work on.

This will be the new spot for a veggie garden. You see here it is the middle of the day and there is plenty of sun. Any poor plants like the Dusty Miller in this area will be relocated.

This is where the veggie garden was last year. It is the middle of the day like the other photo but it is shade. This is why my garden didn't fare so well last year.

My friend and I worked hard on the shed out back burning lots of trash and limbs and clearing out an area that was snakey looking. There are still many good finds in the shed but look what I salvaged this trip. I have not had a real dining table in 5 years and well this one is going to work fine. It had car oil and all kinds of other stuff on it and was covered in webs but it cleaned up nice. It is old and VERY heavy and solid wood.

Another find in the shed. It is in perfect condition with a little rust but it is going to clean up nicely too. I need a little paint and some cushions. (Please don't look at how dirty my porch is - It needs painting and powerwashing but will come later. I've only lived here 2 years and you should've seen it before I moved in). I love the iron work on the chair and its fan shaped back.

Do you know what this is? Take a good look. Well some of you do - it's a BIG Christmas tree stand. My first thought - oh that looks good and usable for some plants and then I saw what it is and I still intend to use it for that. It will work great - put some holes in the bottom and dress up the thing in the center and WA-LA. It'll look good up in the garden bed.

Of the seeds I planted - this is the only lupine up and it's the Russell Strain Lupines from Hometown seeds. No others are even hinting at coming up yet.

This is the tray of Red Breadseed Poppies I received from Catherine at A Garden in Progress. OK Catherine - tell me how much do I need to thin these babies out. The seeds are so tiny there was no chance of just dropping a couple of seeds. Look at them. I think I will have lots of poppies. After taking the photo I put up the Foil folders to keep them from reaching out the window so bad.

Since I was into getting dirty this weekend I repotted the house plants too. These 3 containters I picked up 2 weeks ago at Walmart for $3. a piece on clearance. I love the red, orange and the yellow colors.

The green pot I picked up at the Goodwill. I love it.

Well that wraps up a busy weekend.
I've had a couple of comments asking me about my 'friend'. He is a fellow I broke up with last year. It's one of those - I like to be around ya and have some fun but ain't gonna live with ya. He drinks too much and never stops talking and is extremely messy. I like him and enjoy his company but I don't think I'll ever marry again and don't think I'll ever live with another man either. His name is John.


Star said...

You have had a busy weekend and a productive one too. I like to see your seeds growing. In the past when I've only noticed one see coming up, it has meant that the others have been eaten by something or other! Can't wait to see how your garden progresses.
Blessings, Star

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You did have a busy and productive weekend! I love the table and chair you found.
Those poppy seeds are tiny aren't they? I would let them get a little bigger and then thin out the areas a bit that are really crowded. I honestly don't do too much thinning of them outside, once they have a couple sets of leaves I'd probably thin them to around 8 inches apart. Mine did great fairly crowded last summer and bloomed like crazy. Glad to see how quickly they sprouted!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Becca, Becca, How does you garden grow? It looks like it is getting a good start.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You were quite the busy bee!!!
I love the use of your plates. So clever.
A dining table will be a nice addition as well...I have a feeling you will have flowers or a potted plant on it soon. :)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I thought Buddy looked like a Bichon. Gracie isn't registered either, but that's okay it's their personality that counts anyway! :)

Darla said...

Slow down on the coffee girl!! You had a great weekend..I would not use plastic to cover anything..some sheets or better yet, small containers will cover your seedlings well..put a rock on top so they don't blow over...

bennie and patsy said...

Are you ready for spring or what? I like the plates in the garden very crafty.

Daisy said...

Sounds like you had a very busy and very productive weekend, Becca! That table is really pretty! How nice that will be to have in your dining room. Have a good week! :)

RainGardener said...

Whoa you have been a busy girl and think of the enjoyment you'll get out of it later. Your table is great and so is the chair. I should have so much energy!

NellJean said...

I can hardly bring myself to thin poppies, even knowing they'll be bigger and taller, thinned. I can hardly wait!

What to do about the hyacinths:
As the little florets fade, snip them off until the bloom stem is all that's left. Leave it; it is green and will help with photosynthesis. Dig holes 6 inches deep, in rich soil in an unprotected area-- hyacinths need winter chill. Separate the bulbs gently as possible to protect the roots. Plant each bulb with 2-3 inches of the stem and leaves in the soil, gently backfilling over the roots.

Next year may not have much of a bloom, but they'll recover and the following spring should be pretty, pretty.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

After you move into a new place it always takes time to get things the way you like them. Just when you get to that point you want to change something else LOL It never ends.
Hey that is my kitchen table. ;-) They are heavy things.
What a great find in the shed was that chair. That is the cutest thing and well worth dressing up.
Have fun with your finds.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh that chair is wonderful..very artsy and antiquey looking. With some cushions it should be comfy too. So John helps you in the yard..way to is good to have company sometimes:)

Robert said...

Lupins are pretty short lived, so remember to save seed and start new ones.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I cannot believe all that you have going on. You have picked some great plants, I have grown many of them. I thought the snow was gone but they are saying we may get more next weekend.