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Not Enough Monty

There definitely haven’t been enough posts about himself lately. We moved his pen to somewhere under the deck, outside of my room and he’s been a tunneling fool lately. I’ve had to fill in his burrow three times now, just to slow him down. I don’t want to fill it with rocks because digging is definitely keeping him out of some great mischief.

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He’s started a collection of dirt-dingles under his chin from where he keeps rubbing his face on his tunnel.

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His hole is officially 36 inches (3 FEET!) deep and it’s starting to angle off towards this wall of concrete. Good luck there, buddy. I have a huge pile of rocks on top to keep him from digging up and out… but now I’m worried about cave-ins and loosing him in this enormous tunnel city he’s obviously planning on excavating.

Green Things

photo171So, I promise I’ve been doing this these past couple of weeks… besides updating this blog. One of these “things” just happens to be gardening. Here’s a plan for what’s going to be in our raised beds, if it’s not in there already…

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The potatoes, peas, strawberries and carrots are already in. We had to put an old iron gate over the beds to keep cats from pooping all up in the teeny tiny seeds. Yucky cats. Oh and those big bushy things in front of the beds are three blueberry bushes.

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Remember how big the peas were last week? Well now they’re getting some leaves and I’m pretty sure they’re all up now. Rows and rows of tiny green pea-babies.

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I found a tutorial on Little House in the Suburbs last night for little containers to start seeds in using recycled newspaper. Speaking of newspapers, Mom canceled our subscription to the Oregonian after they repeatedly failed to deliver the paper, even though we called to tell them they hadn’t been by. You can get all that newsy stuff online these days anyway and save some trees in the process. Well, since we canceled we’ve been getting more “free trial papers” plunked on our mailbox than we ever got when we were actually paying for it. The bastards are essentially littering on our lawn by leaving their stupid papers to get rained on and yucky. They’re mostly full of advertisements anyway. Can you tell I’m more than a little irritated?

Sigh.. back to my point. Now I got to use up four pages (yes, a stupendous sum, really) to plant sage and basil in. I’m pretty sure that by the time they’re big enough to transplant the containers will have naturally decomposed a bit too! This is a much craftier way of starting seeds than the old egg carton method.

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Oh and we have our planter boxes all done in the front yard! I planted my lemon basil, lemon verbena, spearmint, chocolate mint and apple mint in there… ohhh this is going to be so good!

For more pictures and info about all the landscaping we’ve been doing, you can go to Dad’s house blog:

Bringing Home the Mulch

Bark Chips and Potatoes

Paths, Boxes and Berries

Babies!

Remember those seeds I tossed into the ground a few weeks ago? Well surprise, surprise they’ve turned into plant babies. I now have (exactly) 12 babies peeking out between Monty poops. These will eventually turn into Canoe Peas and Oregon Giant Peas from Territorial Seeds (after about 70 days of doing their pea-like activities in some dirt). These are two of nine seed packets I have waiting to go in the ground. What’s next? Gladiator Parsnips. That’s right, they’re huge and rooty. Look out!

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Undulator

We finished moving half the bad dirt from the three planter boxes and then replacing it with good dirt. It turns out that we have some GIANT WORMS building little worm cities and having little worm babies all over the place in those boxes.

This. Is. Excellent! This guy was really about twice as long when he stretched out. Hopefully it’ll have some big worm babies who will go on to have more worm babies who will eventually turn that nasty clay soil into wonderful vegetable soil in a few generations. How long do worms live for, anyway?

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I put in 12 Hood strawberry plants today too! I’ll put some pictures up next time something gardeny happens. Mom and I went to pick up a load of barkchips for the yard and wound up stopping in at Geren’s Farm Supply (different from Burn’s Feed FarmMart). We got the strawberries and two artichoke plants, I’ll let you know how those do in a few weeks. I’ve never done artichokes, but they sure look cool in the planters. Geren’s had a giant tom turkey, some goats, pigeons, fish, birds, bunnies, roosters, chicks and (ultimate of ultimates!) they had a Flemish Giant (I know Star, we should have gone there. But I honestly had no idea how cool it would be. Next time.). I just about passed out when I found him in his playpen in the middle of the store. That is a BIG bunny, 24.5 pounds! Sigh…. I want. I want so badly! I think Monty would never talk to me again if I brought home another bunny though. He’s funny like that.photo_19