Babble

I’m looking. Not finding. 

Definitely Trying.

To attach myself to something worthy of a note.

for a song that means nothing

there is definitely something

that can keep your attention long enough to quote.

get to the point I think I will

but I’ve gotten my point across so

for me to say anything more might be a wash.

So I’ll take your ears and take

 them for a walk around the block

a walk so long you might just have forgot that you were listening at all

I almost thought I had a song but after careful 

consideration it’s clear while writing I’ve hit a wall.

Nursery and a big-ass to-do list.

Went to the nursery for mother’s day. We bought the girls each an interesting plant and we bought Ann Marie a beautiful potted plant for our front porch. (Our front porch is a bit of a sanctuary for us both.) I also got a few hardy, rocky soil plants to try out and am getting more from my mother-in-law; hens and chickens and phlox. I will post photos when they’re all planted.

The shitty thing is it rained all weekend and we were out and about all of Saturday and Sunday for family/fun things. I didn’t get to do much yard work. I weeded dandelions for another 2 hours. I’m down to the short-strokes on it. There’s only a small pocket in the centre of our yard left. So the outdoor to-do list is growing as fast as the grass. I’m half considering just mowing the fuckers down and getting the next batch of flowers as they pop up… errr.

TO DO LIST

Finish plucking dandelions.

Mow the lawn, whipper-snip.

Add a bucket of lawn clippings to compost.

Broccoli needs to be transplanted outside.
(Add bird netting to planter box.)

Cucumbers need to be transplanted outside.
(Add trellis now or later.)

Strawberries can be transplanted outside.
(Add bird net to strawberries.)

Tomatoes need to be transplanted outside.

I think I can also out my last zucchinis, and blue nolana.

Once I clear out my inside planting containers I need to transplant my pansies and my Mimosa Pudica into better containers.

Just a shit-load to do. 😕

Dandelions and a compost.

Decided that I should have started weeding dandelions a week ago today and got out there on my hands and knees this morning. I did about 50 sq ft. in about 30 minutes. I have 10 times that to go. So 4-5 hours are required. That is nothing compared to the first year. The first year we started you could spend 30 minutes sitting cross legged in one spot. They’re sneaky little bastards and they’re great at spreading and hiding. The cool thing is if you keep on top of if the grass fills in around where they weeds used to be and its harder for them to get a foothold. We’re definitely feeling the benefits of weeding for two years in a row although it doesn’t feel that way right now.

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This is bout 20-30 square feet’s worth. There was one more pile about the same size. Again, this is nothing. Our grass is really starting to fill in nicely too. Little strawberry plant saying hello in the bottom corner there too. 🙂

Our kitchen compost is full of clean-compost so I needed to sort out our outdoor composting solution sooner rather than later. The only problem was that the spot we agreed that we wanted to put the compost was currently full of rock-filled dirt. So I had to dig out a spot for it.

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Sorry for the glare and the shitty image quality. I tried to fix it up as best I could. 

Side note: This back corner is a mess. I’m thinking of going with creeping thyme. It smells wonderful and it would cover this area super nice. It’s a tricky area because…

  • It’s shaded by a lilac bush
  • It only gets direct sunlight from 1 to 6.
  • It’s 50/50 dirt and pebbles. I don’t think it’s very nutrient rich at this point but I can fix that.
  • It’s damp because there’s not much air movement because it is surrounded on three sides.

Anyway back to the composter! Ann Marie and I are always worried about attracting more pests and chipmunks are excellent burrowers. So I lined the underside of this compost with chicken wire.

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When I was done with that and it was in place and assembled I put dirt all around the edges again to hide the chicken wire and protect hands from getting poked.

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Ta da! Okay it does look like crap. But that’s because it’s sitting in mud/pebbles. Imagine it surrounded by creeping thyme!

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Thymus serpyllum, creeping Thyme.

Garden update: produce outside.

My carrots are poking through both in the rows and in the bushel.

Here’s an after and before shot of my cleaned up but badly battered zucchini plant. It’ll be a miracle if this thing gives fruit.

Here’s the raspberry bush. Not only are the leaves coming in but we have new stalks coming up from the earth! 🙂 I will trim off the dead ones tonight or tomorrow. Still need to get the bird netting up on this one but I’m watching it daily so it shouldn’t catch me off guard.

Weird-berry bush has lots of little flowers all over it. Like the raspberry bush I need to get the bird netting up to protect this bush.

The onions and garlic are in the garden and doing fine. The broccoli is showing a nice reddish purple leafy growth that I’m hoping is the flower starting… Fingers crossed.

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We’ll see. As I said I’ve been sick for a week so it will take me a few days to get back on track and organized again. Please bear with me.

Garden update: produce sprouts.

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My strawberries are developing nicely.

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My spearmint is fully developed. I’ve been trimming it regularly. It smells so fresh and amazing! I am planning on keeping this inside and combining it in a pot with other fresh herbs.

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Tomatoes! Every gardeners favourite! They’re going to grow like stink so it’s really just a question of whether or not I can stay ahead of them…. 🙂

cucumbers

These cucumbers are ready to transplant. I’m keeping them watered and I’m going to start hardening them. 2 weeks and they’re outside!

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As you know these were some of my first starts. They’re overgrown for in the house but the weather has been terrible. I think there is hope in the garden yet though.

That’s it for produce in the house waiting to go outside. Getting super excited now!

Garden update: flowers.

I had the flu last week so I all but let my garden do its own thing for a week. The weather also took a turn for the nasty with below average temperatures and above average rainfall. Last night we had a touch of FROST! It happened. I knew it could. I just didn’t think it would. I have to remember that.

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Our tulips started coming out to join the daffodils last week before I got sick.

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My Sky Blue Nolanas have finally flowered!!! 🙂

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These are Ann Marie’s violets. As you can see I have restored them to life. She is very happy.

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Sunflowers reaching for the-you guessed it-SUN! I will plant them May 24 weekend and let them join their brothers and sisters in the garden… which I didn’t check after the frost this morning… gulp. I’m sure the sunflowers are fine. But I’m pretty sure the beans and peas are fucked.

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My sad little decapitated zinnia. I don’t think its coming back. 😦 It will have to be replaced. 🙂

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Dandelions are my mortal enemy! I used to think they were a perpetual bully and there was nothing I could do about them. Then we moved to our house and I saw that my neighbour doesn’t have any. I assumed she used pesticides. She doesn’t. She just plucks them as she sees them. Huh. So I started to do that two years ago. The first year was impossible. It felt like I was fighting the tide. Last year wasn’t nearly as bad but still no way I could get them all. This year, as you can see… there’s probably less than 100 in the whole back yard. I’ll get them before they go to seed. Hopefully this weekend.

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Pansies are sprouting! 🙂 I love the Pansy. They’re the work-horse of the garden.

Finally, last but not least… I want to leave with a bang…

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Profusion knee-high red zinnia