Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Back in November right before Thanksgiving, sweet potatoes were 17 cents a pound, and I bought like four bags full. Luckily, I still have a few, so I didn't have to buy any. One even had a few sprouts already! So this is what I ended up with, I think they look kinda neat in the window. I just hope the gnome doesn't get thirsty and drink all the water. I bought him for $2 back in October at a garage sale. I also bought a shovel and wheelbarrow his size, I just have a find the perfect place for them this year. Maybe I need a fairy garden like Carol has?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Emily Sue passes gas like an almost two year old. She sometimes squats, occasionally grunts loudly, and will definitely do it front of absolutely anybody. Anytime. Anywhere. Her older siblings found this completely hysterical, of course. For some reason they all started telling her 'you farted' after every incident. You guessed it, now my almost two year old thinks that the thing she needs to say after such as occurence, is, of course, 'farted'. She will say it after anyone else in the room does it. Loudly. I tried to reason with the children, by asking, what do you think is going to happen when she does it in church? She is going to tell everyone exactly what happened, even if they didn't hear it!! (But of course it will probably be during prayer.) This picture, posted bright in their heads, did not bring the desired reaction. Instead, it brought huge gales of laughter from my loving children. I can't wait until we're in Wal-Mart, and the old lady next to us passes gas.
The brown tray on the top left of the bottom picture full os seedlings, too. It's a kitty litter tray, I bought like six of them last year, They are great in the greenhouse. (Not to mention something I can easily pick up at the local dollar store.) My plant markers are plastic spoons, written on with a permanent magic marker. I have to break the rounded end off of the ones that go into the smaller pots, but thats easy enough to do.
On a personal note, I know several others have had colds lately, and I must have forgot to wash my hands after visiting their blogs, because I now have it. I have to be well by the weekend. I HAVE to. But I know that if its going to be that nice, I'll go outside anyway and suffer the consequences later. One station today at lunch said Sat 55 degrees, Sun 60 degrees, Mon 60 degrees. Wow. If I don't post until Tuesday, you all will know why!!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Gotta go, have to go get milk before I have to get the kids. Taking five kids to the grocery store is just no fun.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here's the other picture I took on Saturday. You can see the new bed, it's the newly tilled area just past the white post in the middle of the circle. You can see the three posts I put in the ground for the trellis. I have a wisteria I got from a neighbor that I want to plant by the clothesline post. I got it a year ago in fall, and the poor little thing has had to stay content in the pot the entire summer. I simply couldn't come up with the perfect place to plant it, since I have an exact idea of how this particular plant behaves in a garden once it becomes settled. We had one at the last house, it was trained to an arbor that covered the walkway to the driveway. I miss the blooms in spring, it was always so beautiful. And yes, I also recall the number of times per year I trimmed the thing.
Almost all of the Lupines have been replanted into those cheap little styrophome coffee cups. (Yes, with a drainage hole added) They really have taken off, and should be very good size when planting time comes. I love planting more seeds, but I'm running out of room for seedlings. I'm not sure I could stand it if I had to wait another month to start more!
We've been moving furniture around, and perhaps we will have an extra shelf when we're done. Hhhhhhmmm.........
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I can't even begin to imagine how much money I have spent on seeds over the years, but I do have a plan this year. I have never been very comfortable saving seeds, but I saved a lot of flower seeds last year, and I'm feeling more confident in that area. So I am ordering as many open-polinated and heirloom seeds as I can, with hopes of saving seeds from as much as possible. The pink highlights are the all-season vegetables, and the yellow highlights indicate the ones I will be sowing in spring and again in fall. I didn't have much of a fall garden last year, and I really regret it. It's sounds so funny to say last year, it was just four monthes ago!!!
I guess I'll have to continue this tomorrow, my oldest is dying to get on the computer, and I'm not sure I could move his 6'1" body if he did. Has anyone else planned their vegetable garden for next year?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
The one above is Tyler, below is Tiffany. They will be 10 in two weeks.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Isn't it pretty? And look at all the little seedlings in the background. I spent all yesterday afternoon moving firewood and burning off brush piles. We took a large round of trees down in the far end of the property, and most of it was cleaned up except for the small brush that needed raking up. So I spent a lot of time raking all that up, too. Boy, I felt it all when I went inside last night.
Today is my youngest son's birthday- Happy Birthday, Timothy!!!!!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I can't believe I forgot to put a bib on her. That shirt is going to have to soak. My Mother and I made yo-yo's together with her new set of yo-yo makers. This is what I came up with. Do you think I have gardening on the brain or what? The rick rack didn't match perfectly, but somehow it made the picture pop. What do you all think?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Here is a picture of my Lupines, boy they are getting big, they grow so fast, don't they? Soon they will be moving out of the house and starting little families of their own. Just kidding. But they will be moving out. I also bought a digital min/max thermometer at Lowes so I can tell when it's okay to start putting all my seedlings out in the greenhouse. I have read a couple places say it has to be at least 55 degrees in there. And since I'm not heating it with a heater, I'm using large containers filled with water to absorb heat, I'm not really sure when the temperature will be high enough at night. I'll see if I can get out there with the camera so I can take a picture to show you.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I have a red and white petunia and a white geramium in bloom right now. And somehow all the rest of the plants seem to recovering well from their brush with death back in November, minus two I think.
I also added up the number of different seeds I have started as of today. Today I went out to the greenhouse and got more propagators to start more seeds, seventeen more to be exact. So I have 47 different perennials, two different kinds of onions, and some alpine strawberry seeds started. Yesterday I got my seeds in from T's (YEAH), so thats what brought on the seed starting today. No, I'm not telling you how many I ordered. But I will tell you that I didn't get them all started today, not even close.
I know I am not alone in my getting breathless at the sight of a package that is known to contain seeds. Oh, the euphoria involved in opening a package and holding in your hands the tiny little seeds that will one day produce the fruits of your labor, wether it be of the flower or vegetable variety.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
This is a picture of the front porch, I have managed to do a little landscaping here. I realize it's hard to see, with everything hibernating. Straight right of this picture would be the dining room windows, with a fireplace in between.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I planted more seeds in the propagators, as of now I have started 36 different kinds of seeds. I counted all that I have replanted into the little cups, and here's the counts:
True Lavender- 12
Lavender, Lady- 81 (old seed, but WOW did it grow)
Pink Lavender- 20 (left after disease wiped out a good part of them)
Yellow Coneflower- 8
Astilbe- 4 (would have had more if I hadn't spilled the packet everywhere)
Lupine, Tutti-Fruity- 25
Evening Primrose- 45
Butterfly Weed, Cinderella- 27
Butterfly Weed, Gay Butterflies- 9
Lupine, Russell Hybrids- 31
Lupine, Lulu- 40
And last I leave you with a petunia. My daughter gave me this last year on May Day. It got nipped at Thankgiving, but it came back. I'm SO happy. Abigail loves the fact that I still have it.
I know you can't believe I'm not outside moving more brick, but I'm a little sore, and its a lot cold. Like 29 degrees cold. I'm terribly sorry, I guess I'm not dedicated enough to freeze my butt off for the sake of the garden. I hope that doesn't change your opinion of me. LOL