#2: tomatoes are planted! i also drafted hubby into helping me put together and stuff my new earth boxes. i ordered the kits knowing that a full garden would be out this year. now, we gotzta have our tomatoes, folks, and our neighbors have had a tremendous result from their earth boxes, so i figured, what the hey?they are a little pricey, but you get everything in the kit including soil, lime (for tomatoes), and fertilizer....in other words, all but the veggies. the boxes are obviously reusable, with refill kits being less than $20, so i am looking forward to seeing if my investment pays off. honestly, these two boxes and supports cost about the same as what i spent last year prepping my garden soil and purchasing fencing to keep the local crunching critters out.
dd picked out a cherry and roma plant (his favorites!), dh requested a better boy, and i picked out 2 early girls and a golden. so far, they have been very low maintenance. it took about an hour to get them both together and planted. there is a planting guide included, very clear instructions, and once you plant all you need to do from then on is water daily - no fertilizing! yippee!
best part? i can skip the lifeguard this year 'cause the boxes have an overflow drain! i cannot over water the plants. before you question your counting skills, i do have one little early girl who couldn't make it in the box, so she is eagerly awaiting a new home in an extra large pot i had left over.
#3: got zucchini planted! now, dd and i absolutely LOVE zucchini. we fry it, bake it, stuff it, and eat it raw! so, when scaling down the garden this year they were a MUST! but where to put them? well, these little guys ended up planted along my front sidewalk. a little goofy, i know, but the blooms are so pretty and i will be able to do watering and fertilizing much easier this way. edible lawn art....yum!
the deer gang are the most courageous and rude of our crunching critters and with about 8-10 of them spotted this year in our back woods, it qualifies as an epidemic rampant in our area. thus explaining the soap shards scattered around the pant. the boogers will walk right up my sidewalk to enjoy the buffet that they are convinced i planted for their enjoyment. and before you ask, the dog is scared of them so she is no real help. i tried just about everything, but after mourning the overnight beheading of my lovely petunias this year, i got a great tip and discovered that a little irish spring is all it takes to protect my petunias, zucchini, roses, and anything else they may want to munch. the scent confuses and confounds their delicate pallet, so the leave the plant alone.
hmmm. i sure hope the soap doesn't seep into the zucchini....how embarrassing to serve some for a special dinner and have all your guests foaming at the mouth...lol!
well, at least we will have irish-fresh breath!
#4: planted my rose bush. i put this pink pretty on the front corner of the front porch so she can happily climb the corner post for years to come. i love roses, they remind me of my gramma pauline. she had such a gift for growing these beauties. this is my first attempt. we shall see.....
well, my friends, i pray you all had a great weekend and that you and your loved ones had some peaceful time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those in our armed forces who protect our freedom every day. i continue to ask for your prayers for my brother (in-law) maj. jeff stevenson, as he serves overseas.