So, 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…
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mom and I took off early from school to go see what kinds of plants a nearby nursery had. It turns out this place was my kind of heaven. You drive down this steep driveway, over a bridge straddling two ponds full of ducks, past a large chicken coop full of about 50 ducks and chickens, past a shed full of meat rabbits, past a goat pen with five goats and finally stopping in front of a tiny greenhouse. Everything looked cobbled together in a charming, ex-hippy sort of fashion and the poultry were some of the fattest, happiest birds I’ve ever seen. And yes, the did have a little radio tinkling out classical music for the chickens. We picked out an Oregon early and a red cherry tomato plant, spearmint, four lavender plants, a Himalayan rhubarb, an officiannale rhubarb and a chocolate mint plants. Now I’ve got some teeny tiny baby rhubarb to keep my ceramic pig company for a few weeks while they get big enough to plant outside in the big, bad world.
Baby Rhubarbs, growing away…Tomato plants hanging out on the back deck.
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!
So I planted my peas on Tuesday! I have two rows of shelling peas and two of snow peas. I’m really really excited about these. They’re the first crop to go in and they should grow pretty quickly. Hopefully I’ll see a little sprouting action in a week or so.
I’m going to try to take a picture every day until they’re bigger. So far I haven’t done today though. Sigh…
Star and Ben gave me a Crystal Rock Garden for my birthday. Essentially it’s a bit of limestone that you pour vinegar over and then wait a few weeks for cool crystals to form. AND if you toss some food dye into the mix you get pretty colored crystals. So I enthusiastically ripped open the package, found the vinegar and blue food coloring and started my garden. Now, about a week later this is what I’ve got growing on my bathroom counter. It really looks like I spilled some funky toothpaste on a rock and then sprinkled bits of blue salt all over my counter (I guess the vinegar has some sort of reactivity with the limestone which means the liquid is spritzing onto the counter in a nice two inch ring… at least it’s blue! And at least I’m doing this on the bathroom counter). The crystals are growing pretty fast, I mean… I can see a difference between when I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. I’m already envisioning waking up one morning not in my bed, but perched on a giant crystal shard because it has suddenly accelerated it’s growing process and has, in fact, torn the house apart in the night because it’s so huge. Somewhere along this lines of Jack and the Beanstalk (the Mickey Mouse version, of course) and Alice in Wonderland. It’s going to be pretty sweet when my house turns into a giant crystal. Way better than your house.